Children's Services Blog

International Day of the Girl

Malala quote

Wednesday was International Day of the Girl! Here is a video of some fierce girls from around the world set to Beyonce's "Freedom" to celebrate.

Of Numbers & Moments

child reading in playhouse From May through August, we celebrate summer reading all throughout the Library.  This summer the theme was Reading by Design – emphasizing the “doing” of reading – imagining, making, exploring.  We had a great summer!  In September, after a

Monster Trucks!

cover of Monster Trucks by Joy Keller You might think the title of this blog would take you to the big machinery section of books.  And you would be partly right.  What makes this title stand out is that the drivers and operators of the trucks are monsters themselves! 

Creating the Illusion of Movement

image from Stop Motion - Rocket Takeoff!All summer we've been celebrating reading, making, and creating with the "Reading by Design" summer reading program theme.  We've made turtles and stuffed felties, frogs and pin-hole cameras.  Even stop-motion films!  Early in June, a group of eighteen kids came t

Bye Bye Summer!

If you haven’t yet finished logging in your summer reading progress in our Summer Reading Program, time is almost up! Be sure to finish up and stop in for your prize. The last day to log your reading is tomorrow, August 31. See you soon!


Title of the book, "Welcome to the Library" by Alyse Sweeney If you are new to our community or a new parent/caregiver or just new to our Library, welcome! The Urbana Free Library's Children's Department has so much to offer you.