Children's Programs

Weekly Events

Babies Lap Time
Tuesdays
10:00 - 10:25 a.m. and 10:45 - 11:10 a.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

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.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

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.

Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
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.
Children's Services (Ground Floor)

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)


41st Annual Urbana Model Railroad Show
Saturday, April 1 • 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 2 • 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lincoln Square Village
100 West High Street
Urbana, IL
For All Ages
All aboard! View operating model railroad layouts in all popular gauges. There will be a wide variety of railroad and model railroad merchandise and books for sale from vendors throughout the Midwest. Watch the trains, then stop by The Urbana Free Library to check out books and videos on trails and models. Free admission. 41st Annual Urbana Model Railroad Show (PDF)

USD #116 Art Display: A Boneyard Arts Festival Event
April 4 - 16
Children's Services (Ground Floor)
Urbana elementary school students will be displaying their creative art in Children's Services from April 4 - 16. Come see what these young artists have been working on. USD #116 Art Display: A Boneyard Arts Festival Event (PDF)

The Power and Mystery of Tornadoes
Tuesday, April 4
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

For all ages
Chambana Weather Meteorologist and Storm Chaser Andrew Pritchard takes a modern look at tornadoes. We'll see amazing footage of tornadoes and also learn how to stay weather aware in the technology age. The Power and Mystery of Tornadoes (PDF)

Tales for Tots
Wednesday, April 5 and Monday, April 17
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

For children birth to age 3 with a caregiver
Have fun with rhymes, music & songs, finger plays, and books in this story time for our youngest library lovers. Tales for Tots (PDF)

Prairie Breezes presents Bones Jugs: A Boneyard Arts Festival Event
Saturday, April 8 • 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)

For families
Bones Jugs presents an eclectic spin on American styles from bluegrass to ragtime. The band may feature xylophone, banjo, guitar, upright bass, jug, bones, clarinet, kazoos, whistles, horns, and washboard.... Good for listening, dancing, and foot tapping! Prairie Breezes presents Bones Jugs: A Boneyard Arts Festival Event (PDF)
Prairie Breezes concerts are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Spanish Story Time
Saturday, April 8 • 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, April 9 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. •  For all ages
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Robin Kearton, Viola with students from Community Center for the Arts
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)

Wee Love Music: Spring Celebration
Wednesday, April 12 •  6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 12 •  10:45 -11:15 a.m.
Thursday, April 12 • 11:15 - 11:45 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

For children birth to 5 years old and their families
Celebrate Spring - bunnies, chicks, eggs, and more - with Ms.Teresa. Wee Love Music: Spring Celebration (PDF)

Earth Day Recycled Crafts
Saturday, April 15 • 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Children’s Services
For families
Come celebrate Earth Day a little early and make fun crafts from recycled materials. Let's get crafty while helping the environment! This is a drop-in program for families. Earth Day Recycled Crafts (PDF)

Slavic Story Time
Saturday, April 15 • 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
For children of all ages and their families
Come and explore Slavic tradition with stories, songs, and a craft. This program is presented by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the UIUC. Slavic Story Time (PDF)

Read IN the Market with The Urbana Free Library
Saturday, April 22 • 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)

Art Lessons for Children
Saturday, April 22 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

For children ages 4 and up
All art materials will be supplied - just bring your imagination and creativity to join local artist Brianna for a wonderful artistic journey. Art Lessons for Children (PDF)

Crafty Story Time
Monday, April 24 • 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)

Mom and Baby Yoga Series
Saturday, April 29 • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

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