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)


Stop-Motion Drawing
Friday, June 2 • 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children entering grades 2 to 6

Draw a story with pictures and make a mini "film" using stop-motion photography. Stop-Motion Drawing (PDF)

Peter and the Wolf: Featuring Marionettes and Live Music
Friday, June 2 • 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)For all ages
A First Friday event!
Come enjoy a live performance of the classic story of Peter and the Wolf, presented by Puppetfolk Productions. This delightful production features marionettes and live music by a local 5-piece wind ensemble. All ages are welcome to this special family event. Admission is free.
Paid for in part by the City of Urbana Arts Grant.
The Library will be open until 8:00 p.m. for this special Imbibe Urbana event! Peter and the Wolf: Featuring Marionettes and Live Music (PDF)

Make It Mondays
Monday, June 5, 12, 19, 26 • All day
For children and their families
Children's Services (Ground Floor)

Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all-day, drop-in craft extravaganza! Make It Mondays (PDF)

Read to the Dogs
Monday, June 5 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For all ages

Let your summer go to the dogs! Join furry, four-footed friends from the local pet therapy group Canine Connection for reading fun.  Read to the Dogs (PDF)

Story Time with Pigs, Bears, and Billy Goats
Tuesday, June 6 • 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For families

Do you like the stories of The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff? We will revisit these stories and make a crafty story set you can take home with you! Story Time with Pigs, Bears, and Billy Goats (PDF)

Tales for Tots
Wednesday, June 7 • 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)

Creative Bookmark Making
Thursday, June 8 • 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For preschool through 
tweens
Come make some fun bookmarks to help begin our Reading by Design Summer Reading Program. We provide all the examples, directions, and materials, then you provide your crafting skills. Lots of fun ideas to help you keep your place in your favorite summer read! This is a program for preschool through tweens with a variety of skill levels. Snacks are provided. It is a drop-in, make-and-take program. Creative Bookmark Making (PDF)

Sign Along Story Time
Saturday, June 10 • 11:00 - 11:30 a.m
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children from birth through 5 years old and their caregivers

Join us for a special story time where sign language will be used along with stories and songs. Sign Along Story Time (PDF)

Brazilian & Portuguese Story Time
Saturday, May 20 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
For children of all ages and their families
Join us for Brazilian and Portuguese storytelling, music, and craft activities. This program is in cooperation with the Multicultural Program, a local non-profit organization. Brazilian & Portuguese Story Time (PDF)

Lasso Up a Good Read with Miniature Horses
Monday, June 12 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For children in elementary school

Come meet Star, Rascal, and Faith - miniature horses who love to listen to books! Children are invited to practice their reading skills when Deb Murphy brings her miniature horses to the Library for a visit. Neigh!  Lasso Up a Good Read with Miniature Horses (PDF)

Wee Love Music at the Library
Monday, June 19 • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For children birth to 5 years and their families

Music, movement, and fun for your little one with Ms.Teresa. Wee Love Music at the Library (PDF)

Summer Solstice Celebration
Tuesday, June 20 • 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For families

Tomorrow is the longest day of the year! We will celebrate with stories, songs, and a craft - all about the sun! Summer Solstice Celebration (PDF)

Teddy Bears Picnic
Thursday, June 22 • 11:15 a.m. - Noon
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For children ages 1 year and up and their families

Bring your teddy bear to the Library for stories, songs, and a snack. Teddy Bears Picnic (PDF)

Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library
Saturday, June 24 • 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Lincoln Square • All ages

You can visit with Library staff at Read at the Market, a monthly event at Urbana's Market at the Square, located at the corner of Illinois and Vine Streets in downtown Urbana. Enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves.
Read at the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Market at the Square. Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library (PDF)

Mom and Baby Yoga Series
Saturday, June 24 • 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)

Family Coloring
Monday, June 26 • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m
Children's Services (Ground Floor) • For families

Coloring can be fun for the whole family! Come select from pages for a range of ages and get coloring in the Children's Department. This is a drop-in program. Family Coloring (PDF)