Children's Programs

Weekly Events

Babies Lap Time
Tuesdays
10:00 - 10:25 a.m. and 10:45 - 11:10 a.m.
For children birth to age 2

In this program for our youngest library fans, you'll find that it's never too early to learn to love songs, books, and rhymes. Babies Lap Time (PDF)

Toddler Story Time
Wednesday 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
For children ages 2 - 4

Come to this themed story time with stories, songs, and a craft or activity. Toddler Story Time (PDF)

Preschool Story Time
Thursdays 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
For preschool groups and children ages 3 - 5

Preschool groups and families are invited to join in the fun as we sing songs and listen to stories in this energetic story time. Preschool Story Time (PDF)

Chess Club for Kids
Saturdays 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
For children ages 5 and up

Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills. Chess Club (PDF)


This Month's Events

Tales for Tots
Wednesday, February 16:00 - 6:30 p.m. • For children birth to age 3 with a caregiver
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Have fun with rhymes, music & songs, finger plays, and books in this story time for our youngest library lovers. Tales for Tots (PDF)

First Friday Valentine's Day Warm-up with John McMahon & Alyssa Gambill
Friday, February 36:00 - 8:00 p.m. • For families
Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)

Warm up your heart with an evening of music and creativity at this very special Valentine's Day First Friday event.
Joining us will be local duo John McMahon and Alyssa Gambill who will share their unique blend of acoustic rock and folk, with a few Beatles tunes thrown into the mix. Stop by to enjoy the music and to make something creative for your sweetie (or yourself!) for Valentine’s Day.
First Friday events are the brainchild of Imbibe Urbana. Come for the special events or come to use your Library: We are here for you either way! First Friday Valentine's Day Warm-up with John McMahon & Alyssa Gambill (PDF)

Prairie Breezes presents Noah I. Brown (Featuring The Company)
Saturday, February 4 • 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. • For children and their families
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Join Noah I. Brown and friends as they share great gospel music from the African American experience. Enjoy spirituals to contemporary gospel, and some with original songs. Prairie Breezes concerts are on the first Saturday of most months and are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss. Prairie Breezes presents Noah I. Brown (Featuring The Company) (PDF)

MakerGirl @ the Library!
Saturday, February 4 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. • For girls ages 7-10
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Girls are invited to join MakerGirl @ the Library! to explore 3D gadgets and inventions. Each girl will design and 3D print their own creation to take home! MakerGirl is a social venture project of the UIUC School of Business. MakerGirl @ the Library! (PDF)

Little House in the Big Woods: A Celebration of the Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Tuesday, February 7 • 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. • For children in elementary school
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Laura was born on this day in 1867 - that's 150 years ago! Come celebrate the life of author Laura Ingalls Wilder with us. We'll play some games that Laura and Mary played and make a simple craft to take home.  Little House in the Big Woods: A Celebration of the Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder (PDF)

Wee Love Music
Wednesday, February 86:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 810:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Thursday, February 811:15 - 11:45 a.m.
For children birth to 5 years old and their families
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Join us for music, movement, and fun with Ms. Teresa. Wee Love Music (PDF)

Spanish Story Time
Saturday, February 11 • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. • For children of all ages and their families
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Come with your children to listen the book’s storytelling in English and Spanish, enjoy traditional songs, and make a craft!  Vengan con sus niños a escuchar la narración del libro en inglés y español, disfrutar canciones tradicionales, y hacer una manualidad!
This program is presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois.  Presentado por el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CLACS), Universidad de Illinois.
Spanish Story Time (PDF)

One Love: A Valentine Card-Making Party for All Ages
Saturday, February 11 • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

One Love. One Heart. Let's get together and we'll feel alright.
Show some love to family and friends with a homemade Valentine's card. We'll have creative ideas and lots of crafty materials to get you started, and a chocolate treat to keep you smiling. One Love: A Valentine Card-Making Party for All Ages (PDF)

Urbana Pops Orchestra Concert
Sunday, February 12 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. •  For all ages
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Tamra Gingold, violin with students from Urbana High School
Join us for a free recital series at the Library that will feature solo performances by some of the professional and student musicians of the Urbana Pops Orchestra. Urbana Pops Orchestra Concert (PDF)

Midwest Model Railroad Train Club Show
Saturday, February 18 • 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 19 • 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
For train lovers of all ages
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

All aboard! Railroad enthusiasts are welcome to one of the best N-gauge railroad displays in the area. Watch the trains, learn about railroad history, or browse through the library's special display of books. The Midwest Central Railroad Club Train Show is your destination for model railroading fun! Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Midwest Central Railroad Club. Midwest Model Railroad Train Club Show (PDF)

A Taste of Gullah for Families: A Black History Month Program
Saturday, February 18  • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. •  For all ages
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)

Join us for stories, crafts, food, and a live drumming demonstration from the Gullah culture. The Gullah people live in South Carolina and Georgia but they have cultural roots in West Africa. Come learn and have fun at this Black History Month program. Co-sponsored by the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, The Rotary Club of Urbana and The YMCA of the University of Illinois.  A Taste of Gullah for Families: A Black History Month Program (PDF)

Run, Run Gingerbread Man!
Friday, February 24  • 10:00 - 10:45 p.m. •  For all ages
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Run, run as fast as you can to the Library for a story time about runaway gingerbread people. Create a craft and enjoy a tasty gingerbread snack. Run, Run Gingerbread Man! (PDF)

Read IN the Market with The Urbana Free Library
Saturday, February 25 • 8:00 a.m. - Noon • All ages
Lincoln Square

You can visit with Library staff at Read in the Market, an event at Urbana's Lincoln Square in downtown Urbana. Enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves. Read in the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Urbana Business Association. Read IN the Market with The Urbana Free Library (PDF)

Mom and Baby Yoga Series
Saturday, February 25 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. • For ages 3-6 and their families
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Josie Heck will share relaxation and bonding exercises with moms and babies. Please bring a towel or blanket. Mom and Baby Yoga Series (PDF)

Art Lessons for Children: Backpack Art
Saturday, February 252:00 - 3:00 p.m. For children in elementary school

Do you wish you had a cool, artful backpack? Bring a clean backpack and Juana will help you turn it into a work of art. Art supplies will be provided. Art Lessons for Children: Backpack Art (PDF)

Brazilian Carnival
Sunday, February 263:00 - 4:30 p.m. For children of all ages and their families
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Come in costume and celebrate carnival with joyful Brazilian music, dance, crafts, and much more. This program is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Program, a local non-profit organization.  Brazilian Carnival (PDF)

Crafty Story Time
Monday, February 27 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. • For ages 3-6 and their families
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Come enjoy this evening story time with stories, music, and a craft! Crafty Story Time (PDF)