On the anniversary of Lewis and Clark's famous journey west of the Mississippi in 1804, Children's Services staff will once again embark on their journey to Urbana School District's Elementary schools to spread the word about t
summer reading program
Going, going, gone! It's a home run! Today is the 101st anniversary of Babe Ruth's very first home run on May 6, 1915. Today marks the first of his 714 home runs he hit.
So why all the fuss about summer reading? In the Children's Department we start planning for summer reading back in January, thinking about the annual summer reading skit we bring to all of the schools in Urbana, ordering book prizes, creating programs, and the list goes on. While summer reading at
Hello again. A lot has happened since we last conversed. And maybe I'm moping a little, because I, Furball the Hamster, was supposed to be the main event this summer. (At least that's what it says in my contract.) But the people-types around here have brought in a host of other animals for the Summer Reading Program. (By the way, it's not too late to sign-up and log your books by August 31!)
The Summer Reading Programs at the Urbana Free LIbrary are going great and continue through August 31. In the Children's Department, we have over 500 children signed up for the Summer Reading Program with many already claiming their prizes.
We've had such a great time this summer celebrating reading - "Have Book, Will Travel." We've made our own rope, visited outer space, and listened with rapt attention to young performers during the Bow-Dacious String Band concert. Summer reading continues through the end of August, with the readers' raffle drawing on Friday, August 30. (Remember - Thursday, August 29th is the last day to enter your books to be eligible for the raffle!) Check out our photo gallery from the past month. What have you been doing? We'd love to hear from you. -Elaine B.
Last week, young patrons greeted some very unusual visitors to the library - miniature horses! Star, Rascal, Faith and Linzee arrived in Deb Murphy's trailer. They jumped out of the trailer and readied themselves for their special mission - to listen to children read. Afterwards, children had the opportunity to write a letter or color a picture for the horses. We look forward to their next visit! -Elaine B.