From the Executive Director

It has been two months since I joined The Urbana Free Library as Executive Director. Thank you for the warm welcome I have received! I am enjoying getting to know the excellent Library staff that you already know so well and learning about all that The Urbana Free Library has to offer.

Please say "Hello!" the next time you visit. Or call me at 217-367-4058. Or email me at I will be at The Urbana Free Library's booth at the Farmer's Market from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 21 and at the Library's 140th Birthday Bash on June 22 at 2:00 p.m.  Or invite me to come talk at your community group. I'd love to meet you and talk with you about what your Library can do for you.

On May 27, $464,399.78 worth of items were checked out to patrons. From board books to board games, from online magazines via Zinio to music CDs, people are using The Urbana Free Library to get good stuff. Please join me in checking out more good stuff this summer as you participate in the Summer Reading Programs available for all ages. I'm signed up - are you?

This summer, rediscover your Library. Learn about The Urbana Free Library's rich history and be a part of its bright future. I think you will be pleased if you do and I hope to see you soon!

 Celeste Choate, Executive Director