- Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival
- Compost Q: Improvisation-Composition-Dance
- Prairie Breezes Presents Big Bluestem String Band
- UFLive! Presents Black Coffee Fridays
- Three Cubic Feet
- Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit
- Write On! Presents “This Is Just to Say” … Poems of Apology (Kind of)
- Friends of The UFL Fall Book Sale
You’re invited to the fourth annual Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival, a special event designed to support and promote the arts in central Illinois. You can “get rooted” and celebrate the American traditional arts with family activities, jams, open stages, participatory music, workshops, dances, storytelling, and much more.
The epicenter of the festival will be historic downtown Urbana, with events taking place on the streets as well as at other venues in the community. To learn how to buy tickets and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org.
All Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival events at your library are scheduled for Saturday, November 3, and are FREE!
The Magic of Storytelling (and More!) • Lewis Auditorium (ground floor)
9:30 a.m. Michael Powers
10:00 a.m. Puppetalooza! with Miriam Larson
10:45 a.m. Grass Roots Revival
11:30 a.m. Storytelling with Hal Southern and Camille Born
12:30 p.m. Storytelling with Mike Anderson
1:30 p.m Storytelling with Elaine Bearden and Kathe Brinkmann
2:00 p.m. Storytelling with Sue Searing and Kim Sheahan
2:45 p.m. Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra
4:00 p.m. Fiddle Tunes for Guitar Workshop with Robbie Fulks
The Sound of Folk & Roots Music • Busey-Mills Reading Room (first floor)
10:30 a.m. All Jump Up!
11:45 a.m. Donnybrook with Jay and Pat Landers
1:00 p.m. Sing Along with Mr. Stephens
2:00 p.m. David Howie
3:00 p.m. Carl Sandburg: Music of the People, Voice of the People*
Try a Folk and Roots Workshop • Satterthwaite Conference Room (ground floor)
10:30 a.m. Dulcimer Workshop with Michael Powers
11:45 a.m. Kids Folk Music Workshop
1:00 p.m. Irish Music for Beginners with Jay and Pat Landers
* Presented in partnership with the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois Library.
Compost Q: Improvisation-Composition-Dance
Sunday, November 4 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Busey-Mills Reading Room
Join us for a unique live performance by Compost Q, a seasoned, multi-dimensional collective steeped in improvisation, composition, and dance—presenting active, rich, organic, dark, loamy, and finished collaborations.
Compost Q is Dorothy Martirano (violin), Yu-Chen Wang (gu-zheng/Chinese zither), Chris Reyman (accordion), Erik Lund (trombone), Armand Beaudoin (bass), Kirstie Simson (dance), and Tamin Totzke (dance).
Prairie Breezes Presents Big Bluestem String Band
Friday, November 9 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
The roots of this dynamic acoustic group include an array of musical styles from vintage to new—bluegrass, folk songs, ballads, love songs, and stories of pioneer settlement. Big Bluestem features a mix of songs that reflect the American experience spanning two centuries. The power and timeless appeal of their music will warm your soul and set your toes a-tapping.
Big Bluestem is Kathleen Everingham on fiddle, Rebecca Grosser and Jose Agusti on guitar, Drew Phillips on mandolin, banjo from Randy Cordle, and Todd Kinney on bass.
Prairie Breezes concerts take place on the second Friday of most months and are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.
UFLive! Presents Black Coffee Fridays
Sunday, November 18 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Busey-Mills Reading Room
Organically grown out of companionship and a love for music, Black Coffee Fridays is an acoustic string band in the bluegrass tradition. Playing a healthy mix of original material and new arrangements of older tunes, they tie everything together with fastpaced pickin’ and tight vocal harmonies.
Black Coffee Fridays features Charlie Harris on bass, Phil Alley on guitar, Sam Payne on guitar and mandolin, and Cody Jensen on mandolin and banjo.
UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months and are made possible through the generous support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation.
Three Cubic Feet
Reading and Book Signing with Author Lania Knight
Sunday, November 11 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Author Lania Knight will be our guest to talk about her recently released debut novella, Three Cubic Feet. The story centers on a gay teenager growing up in Springfield, Missouri. Special guest Nico Canaday (a student at Eastern Illinois University and the former president of EIU PRIDE) will do a dramatic reading from the book. Lania will be available to sign books and answer questions after the reading.
Lania Knight teaches creative writing at Eastern Illinois University. Her stories and essays have been published in numerous journals, including PANK and Midwestern Gothic.
In Three Cubic Feet, Lania Knight renders a touching and violent coming ofage. Gay and straight, her characters leap off the page and grab our hearts.
—Eric Goodman, author of Twelfth and Race and Child of My Right Hand
Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit
Presentation and Book Signing with Author Guy Fraker
Thursday, November 29 • 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Jean Evans Archives Room
Join Bloomington-based attorney, author, and renowned expert on Lincoln, Guy Fraker, for a presentation and book signing. Fraker will share his findings on the stories surrounding Lincoln’s time as a circuit-riding lawyer, where he spent much of his professional career. Lincoln’s years on the circuit proved formative, not just in developing his legal skills, but also in forging partnerships and friendships as he aspired to political office.
Following the presentation by Fraker, copies of Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit will be available for purchase and signing.
Write On! Presents “This Is Just to Say” … Poems of Apology (Kind of)
Tuesday, November 13 • 3:30 - 5:00p.m.
Satterthwaite Conference Room
Have you ever had to apologize for something that you secretly enjoyed doing? Join Children’s Services librarian Elaine Bearden for a creative writing workshop especially for children in grades 3 to 6. Participants will hear about a famous plum stolen by poet William Carlos Williams and try their hand at writing their own poem (kind of).
To register for Write On!, call Children’s Services at 367-4069.
Friends of The UFL Fall Book Sale
November 15 - 19 • Lewis Auditorium
Thursday........................5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday..........9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday...........................1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday..........................9:00 a.m. until gone (free giveaway)
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening, November 15 (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night).
Not a member yet? Follow the link to the handy membership form, which you can hand in to the Friends at the sale or turn in to library staff at any service desk.
Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in April, August, and November. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop. Proceeds from book sales and the book shop support the purchase of library materials and library programs.