Children's Services Blog

Summer Reading Program Raffle

We have some great books and collection of local coupons for readers who have completed their initial goal (10 books) in the Summer Reading Program. After they’ve collected their main prize, readers should KEEP READING! For every 5 more books they read and enter in their online book log they will automatically be entered in a raffle to possibly win one of these other great prizes.

One of 25 free shakes from Courier Café

Hoofing it for Reading

Last week, young patrons greeted some very unusual visitors to the library - miniature horses!  Star, Rascal, Faith and Linzee arrived in Deb Murphy's trailer.  They jumped out of the trailer and readied themselves for their special mission - to listen to children read.  Afterwards, children had the opportunity to write a letter or color a picture for the horses.  We look forward to their next visit!   -Elaine B.

Great Children's Programs in June

Cover Image of "Horses" bookThe Urbana Free Library Children's Department has many awesome programs lined up for kids this June.

Exploration Kits

Contents of Transportation Exploration KitDid you know that the Urbana Free Library Children's Department has 31 great, hand

Poetry for Your Pocket

World Rat Day book coverApril is National Poetry Month.  We have been celebrating all month at the library with a display of some of poetry titles - funny, quirky, beautiful

Hooked on Phonics Kits

Cover of "Hooked on Phonics : Kindergarten Edition" Kit"Hooked on Phonics" is the award winning method of teaching childr

Raise Your Paws for Books!

It is almost that time of the year when we say "Thank you!" to all of the volunteers who have shared their time and talent with the library.  Today I want to give a special "Thank you" to four very special volunteers who helped at the library this week:  Daisy, Kallie, Mocha, and Sam.  Yes, these four fabulous volunteers are DOGS!  These canines are paw-sitively fabulous story listeners who have been specially trained with their owners to work with people, in settings like schools, hospitals and libraries.   Thank you also to handlers Tracy and Bill Jobe (Kallie and Mocha), Sandra Little (D



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Calling all dino-philes! We have a herd of brand new dinosaur books in the children’s department that we would LOVE for kids to get their hands on.

Fun Spring Break Programs

Cover Image of "Tiny Goes To The Library"Cover of "What Is a Princess?"Looking for something fun to do over spring break?

Check Out these Magazines

Your Children’s Department subscribes to a wide variety of magazines that are just begging for you to read them! Our most popular magazines for our youngest patrons are Baby Bug and National Geographic Little Kids. The most popular magazines for our slightly older patrons are American Girl, Discovery Girls, WWE Kids (most issues look like they’ve been through a few rounds in the ring themselves – much loved), Sparkle World, Scooby-Doo , National Geographic Kids, Disney Princess and three different magazine titles for Spiderman and these are just our most popular!