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Are you a birdwatcher? Do you enjoy identifying those delightful feathered creatures that haunt your bird feeder? But do you know how birds communicate? Do you know that songbirds around the world are endangered? Here are two recent documentary DVDs that go beyond avian identification. Read more about Beyond birdwatching
What’s a political aficionado to do for fun in the aftermath of this week’s primaries? Watch a movie! Take a break from real life and enjoy one of the many politically-themed motion pictures and TV series available at The Urbana Free Library. And not only dramas. Delve into the past and relive governmental history with one of our feature documentaries. Read more about Real Politics vs. Reel Politics
Like to listen to tunes? Enjoy delving into facts about your favorite musicians? Do exciting behind-the-scenes musical performances thrill you? Watch a music documentary! Besides music on CD, the library offers an entertaining collection of music on DVD. Some films are concert or music videos, but quite a few are documentaries—real tales of the musical world. Introduce yourself to the lives and motivations of those who’ve lived to perform. Discover firsthand how an album or tour was created. Read more about Watch your music!
If you’re looking for a fun free family activity this weekend within a couple hours drive of CU, discover sheepherding. It's a great spectator sport! The Land of Lincoln Border Collie Association is holding a Sheep Dog Trial at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois. (In the spirit of full disclosure, my husband and I are members of this club, as we own border collies that compete in this sport.) Read more about Border Collies and Sheepherding
One of the more exciting things about living in Champaign-Urbana, at least for movie lovers like me, is Roger Ebert’s Annual Film Festival. The 15th Annual Festival is taking place now through Sunday at the newly restored Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign. Since 1999 this festival has been a venue for Roger Ebert to showcase a wide variety of films he loved and wanted to share with a wider audience. Read more about It's Ebertfest time!
Enjoy highlights from Ebertfest in the comfort of your home. While we can’t provide the ambience of the fine Virginia Theater, The Urbana Free Library has most of the festival films for you to check out.
Here’s a selection of some of the marvelous and varied documentary films featured at past Ebertfests. Double-click on the thumbnails for a larger snippet.