Happy National Library Week!

National Library Week PosterHappy 2018 National Library Week!

The first National Library Week was celebrated in 1958 with a theme of “Wake Up and Read!" As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of National Library Week it seems fitting that this year the theme is “Libraries Lead.”

No longer simply a place for books, quiet reading or muted conversations, today’s libraries provide a much richer environment to the community. Libraries today are meeting places, concert halls, classrooms, computer labs, play rooms, cafés, study rooms, research facilities, and so much more. 

The Urbana Free Library gives you access to books, magazines, board games, eReaders, movies, music, video games, scientific devices, hands on literacy, science, math, exploration kits, and much more. You can visit any day of the week and bring your children in to play or read a book, attend a story time, do some crafts, or visit our fish tanks. You can drop into our computer lab and polish your resume, apply for a job, fax your documents, do your taxes, or just surf the web. You can get help loading books, music, or movies onto your electronic device. You can use our extensive collection of databases ranging from Consumer Reports to LYNDA, the online classroom, to become informed about whatever it is you are interested in. You can visit the Champaign County Historical Archives to do your own research using their extensive local history and genealogy collections.  

All this is available to the community either in person, via phone, or through our website, UrbanaFreeLibrary.org. We look forward to hearing from you soon and be sure to let us know how we can “lead” you to new and interesting ideas!

Ann P.