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 + 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 for game time: chess, MonopolyⓇ, and many more games will be available.Chess + for Kids (PDF)


First Fridays with The Urbana Free Library
Friday, September 1 • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
For all ages
Stop by and say "hello" to The Urbana Free Library staff at First Fridays in downtown Urbana. The Library will offer books and activities for all ages, as well as a preview of the Library's 3D printing service! Stop by and get a library card, check something out, or just relax and socialize. First Fridays with The Urbana Free Library (PDF)

SCRATCH Programming
Saturday, September 2 • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Recommended for elementary school students
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Learn beginner computer programming with SCRATCH -- A programming language that is used to create animation, games, etc. Also available on Saturday, October 21 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Busey Bank  SCRATCH Programming (PDF)

Tales for Tots
Wednesday, September 6 and Monday, September 18 • 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)

Let's Make Music Together
Thursday, September 7 • 11:00 - 11:45 p.m.

For children ages 1-5 with a caregiver
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Let's make music! Join us for a fun, free music class with the folks of the Champaign School of Music. Let's Make Music Together (PDF)

Prairie Breezes presents Willie Was Different
Saturday, September 9 • 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
For children and their families
Enjoy a musical tale composed by Seymour Barab based on Norman Rockwell's story Willie Was Different, plus other musical treats performed by Mary Chapman (flute), Solomon Baer (clarinet), Sarah Schwartz (piano), and Ronald Hedlund (narrator). Prairie Breezes family concerts are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss. Prairie Breezes presents Willie Was Different (PDF)

Spanish Story Time
Saturday, September 9 • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m

Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children of all ages and their families
Come with your children to listen to storytelling in English and Spanish, enjoy traditional songs, and make a craft!
Vengan con sus niños a escuchar la narración del libro en inglés y español, disfrutar canciones tradicionales, y hacer una manualidad!
This program is presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois.
Presentado por el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CLACS), Universidad de Illinois. Spanish Story Time (PDF)

Urbana Pops Orchestra Concert
Sunday, September 10 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For all ages
September: Wind Quintet
Join us for a free recital series at The Urbana Free Library! Each recital will feature performances by members of the Urbana Pops Orchestra, which includes professional and student musicians. Urbana Pops Orchestra Concert (PDF)

Healthy Foods Story Time
Saturday, September 16 • 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
For children and their caregivers
Children's Services (Ground Floor)
Join us for a food-filled story time including making a fun, healthy snack to enjoy. Healthy Foods Story Time (PDF)

Slavic Story Time
Saturday, September 16 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
For families
Come and explore Slavic tradition with stories, songs and a craft. This program is presented by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the UIUC. Slavic Story Time (PDF)

Peppa Pig Story Time
Friday, September 22 • 11:00 a.m. - Noon
For families
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Are you a Peppa Pig fan?! If so, come to this everything-Peppa-Pig story time! We will have stories, crafts, and even a snack modeled on our favorite pig!  Peppa Pig Story Time (PDF)

Write On! Story Club
Friday, September 22 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children in elementary school
Do you like to make stories with words and pictures? Join us for time to create and share your own stories. Led by Librarian and story writer Elaine Bearden. Write On! Story Club (PDF)

Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library
Saturday, September 23 • 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)

Baby and Me Yoga Series
Saturday, September 23 • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m

Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For parents and caregivers
Join yoga instructor Josie Heck for 30 minutes of relaxing and bonding yoga with your baby. Please bring a towel or blanket. Baby and Me Yoga Series (PDF)

Crafty Story Time
Monday, September 25 • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children ages 3-6 and their families
Come to this evening story time with stories, songs, and a craft! Crafty Story Time (PDF)

Music Writing Workshop -- All Score Urbana
Saturday, September 30 • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Children, teens, and adults welcome
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Learn to write music and listen to live performances. All Score Urbana is an action learning-based initiative that increases access to music composition resources for the Urbana community. Music Writing Workshop -- All Score Urbana (PDF)