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)


Tales for Tots
Wednesday, March 1 and Monday, March 20
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
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)

Library Staff at Read Across America
Saturday, March 4 • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana
For families

Read Across America has become one of the nation's largest reading events. All across the country, children and their families come together to hear stories, meet their favorite book characters, and participate in fun activities. Join us at the Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana where staff from The Urbana Free Library will join the 17th Annual Read Across America Celebration. Come have some reading fun!
For more information, visit the Read Across American Champaign-Urbana Celebration Facebook page. Library Staff at Read Across America (PDF)

Prairie Breezes presents All Score Urbana
Saturday, March 4 • 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Join All Score Urbana for a fun, family-friendly concert performed by Standard Rep bassoon quartet and harpist Molly O’Roark. Performing music composed by Urbana residents in monthly workshops, they will bring musical ideas to life with interactive activities led by composer Ralph Lewis. Prairie Breezes presents All Score Urbana (PDF)
Prairie Breezes concerts are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Going Batty for Bats!
Saturday, March 4 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children ages 5 and up

Come learn about one of the largest groups of mammals on earth. Members of the Sears Lab at the University of Illinois will be on hand to share photos, videos, and hands-on activities. Going Batty for Bats! (PDF)

Tenth Annual Fairy Tale Ball! ~ A special after-hours event!
Friday, March 10 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
For families
Come one, come all to the Fairy Tale Ball!

Adventure and excitement await! Fairy tale lovers of all ages are invited to an evening of stories, crafts, games, and entertainment. Don your shiny suit of armor, sparkly ball gown, or dress like your favorite fairy tale character and join us for an evening of fantasy and frivolity.
The Tenth Annual Fairy Tale Ball is generously sponsored by Fred Schlipf and Diane Hillard. Tenth Annual Fairy Tale Ball! (PDF)

Spanish Story Time
Saturday, March 11 • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Megan’s Reading Room (Children’s Services)
For children of all ages and their families

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)

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

Christopher Raymond, bassoon
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)

Let’s Make Music Together
Thursday, March 16 • 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children ages 1-5 with a caregiver

Let’s make music! Join us for a fun, free music class with the folks of the Champaign School of Music. Let’s Make Music Together (PDF)

Make and Take Spring Break
March 20 - 24, All Day
Children’s Services
For children and families

Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza! Make and Take Spring Break (PDF)

Read to the Dogs
Monday, March 20 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children in elementary school

“Paws” at the Library over spring break to read to furry, four-footed friends from Canine Connection. Read to the Dogs (PDF)

Princess Party
Friday, March 24 • 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children ages 2 and up

Calling all princesses! Join us for princess filled stories, songs, crafts, and treats. If you like, come dressed as a princess. Princess Party (PDF)

Read IN the Market with The Urbana Free Library
Saturday, March 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, March 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: Ben’s Bells Ceramic Bead Making
Saturday, March 25 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children of all ages (7 and under with an adult)

Let’s help change our world through intentional kindness and make ceramic hanging wind chimes. Be Kind Illinois, which is part of the Ben’s Bells Project, is calling on young artists to participate. Art Lessons for Children: Ben’s Bells Ceramic Bead Making (PDF)

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

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