Children's Services Blog

Battle of the Books

It’s Battle of the Books week in Urbana! All school year, diligent readers from three Urbana Schools have read books from a list of 28 books to prepare to answer questions about the books. This week, spirited book battles took place to pick a representative team from Leal, Wiley, and Yankee Ridge Schools to move on to the Urbana District competition scheduled for Friday.

School Champions moving on to the final Battle:

 Leal School: “The Team 3 Files: The 100 – Year Old Winning Streak”

Wiley School: “The Reading Rangers”

Owl Musings

cover of Owl Moon by Jane Yolen You may not be aware, but the Library is part of Millikin University’s teacher education program.  Every spring, a cohort of students attends their Children’s Literature

Celebrating Ezra Jack Keats

Cover of The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats This week, the Library has been celebrating the 100th Birthday of one of my very favorite children's book creators in the world - Mr.

Read to be Ready

Is your little reader going to be starting kindergarten this fall? What better way to prepare than by reading?!

Bring in those Winter Reading Sheets!

The end of February is fast approaching which means the end of the Winter Reading Program. If you haven't already turned in your sheet for a free book then stop by the question desk with your completed sheet to get a free book. We've had a great response this year and still have lots of great books to choose from.

My Fav!

I Had a Favorite Dress is a wonderful picture book about a young girl who is quite adaptable to life’s changes.

Klezmer Mania!

cover of Mendel's AccordionIn this community, we are blessed by a wealth of talented musicians and dancers.  This morning, families had the opportunity to clap and dance to the music of

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!

cover page of the book, "All Aboard! A True Train Story" by Susan KuklinAll aboard! Calling all train enthusiasts! Come to the Urbana Free Library this weekend to see one of the best N-gauge railroad displays in the area.