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Vol. 38, No. 01 January 2013 | Download as PDFArchived Newsletters

Coming Soon…eReaders @ Your Library

In the very near future, you’ll be able to borrow a NOOK® eReader from your library with popular titles ready-to-read.  Read bestsellers, mysteries, teen fiction, and popular nonfiction on an eReader that’s light, thin, and super portable.

If you’ve never used an eReader, this is your opportunity to try one out!  The library’s NOOKs will be available for checkout to high school and adult Urbana cardholders for two weeks.

Learn How to Use Your eReader

Wednesday, January 23 • 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Did you just get a new eReader?  We’re here to help you learn how to use it!  

At this informal, drop-in eReader program, we’ll help you learn more about your device’s features and how to download free eBooks from your library through MyMediaMall.  Please bring your eReader, your library card, and your laptop (if you have one).

For more information about borrowing eReaders and the eReader training program, call Adult Services at 217-367-4405 or stop by the reference desk.

A Reading Wonderland

Children are invited to join the 2013 Winter Reading Program, a great way to read away those winter blues!

Here’s how it works:  

•    Pick up a reading log from the Children’s Services question desk. Reading logs will be handed out through February 28 (one log per child, please).  

•    On the back of the reading log, color in one snowflake for each day you read 20 minutes or more.  You can read books, magazines, or even listen to a story.  

•    When you have colored in all of the snowflakes, return your reading log to the question desk on or before March 24 and receive a free book.  

Why 20 minutes?  The national nonprofit group, The Children’s Reading Foundation, calls the time that parents devote daily to reading to their young children, “the most important 20 minutes of their day.”  When parents read to their children, it is commonly believed they not only have the opportunity to positively interact with them, but also foster strong, lifelong reading practices.

Prairie Breezes Presents Del Sur

Friday, January 11 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Come and follow the eclectic and energetic Latin rhythm of Del Sur. The Champaign-Urbana based band will present a variety of music genres, including huayno, cumbia, porro, zamba, and many more.  

Del Sur is Alex Agudelo, Eduardo Herrera, Ian Middleton, and Julián Norato.  They invite you come sing, dance, and have fun with them!

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.

UFL Reads! Moderator’s Choice

Sunday, January 27 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room

Enjoy a modern romantic tale selected especially for UFL Reads! bookclubbers by librarian/moderator Mary Wilkes Towner. This month, we’ll read and discuss Grace Grows, the sparkling debut novel by Shelle Sumners.  

Textbook editor Grace comes from a broken home and has always had trouble communicating her real feelings—especially to men. She meets Ty, new to New York and on his way to his destiny of becoming a rock star, who can only communicate easily in song. Will the two be able to cut through each other’s vulnerabilities and grow together?

UFL Reads!, our book club for adults, meets the fourth Sunday of most months

Two Opportunities to GET IN THE GAME
Saturday, January 12

Second Saturday Board Games
2:00 - 6:00 p.m. • MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room

Join us for this monthly drop-in program, where you can choose a game to play from the library’s collection of board games. We have some old classics like Go and Backgammon, as well as new favorites like deck-building Dominion and treasure-hunting Tobago.  Grab a warm beverage from the library cafe and spend an enjoyable afternoon playing games with family and friends.    

Second Saturday Drop-in Video Gaming
2:00 - 4:30 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

So you think you’ve got game?  Find out at the library’s monthly drop-in gaming sessions for those in grades 6 through 12.  Bring your own consoles and games, or use the library’s Wii.

Staff Favorite Reads of 2012

It should come as no surprise to anyone that those of us who work at the library read a few books each year.  Just like you, we eagerly wait for the publication of titles by our favorite authors and maintain a never-ending list of “must reads.”  

 Now in its third year, we’re pleased to make available to the public our annual list of Staff Favorite Reads.  We read so many books in 2012 there are three lists—adult favorites, teen favorites, and of course, children’s favorites.  

But wait, there’s more!  You can pick up your copy of the Staff Favorite Reads lists at the library or find them online at

A Knight to Remember...The Fairy Tale Ball

Friday, April 5 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

You are cordially invited to a gala ball!  Wear your shiniest suit of armor, your most sparkly ball gown, or dress like your favorite fairy tale character and join us for an evening of fun, fantasy, and frivolity.  

At this year’s ball you can dance on a cloud, make courtly crafts, and listen to your favorite fables of yore.  You can enjoy the shimmering sound of the dulcimer, learn about medieval science with the royal alchemist, and try your luck in the labyrinth—if you dare!  

As you count the days until the arrival of the Fairy Tale Ball, get in the spirit by checking out the library’s amazing collection of international fairy tales and folklore, fantasy favorites and read-alikes, or fairy tales retold.  Don’t know where to start?  Ask a librarian!

The 2013 Fairy Tale Ball is generously sponsored by Fred Schlipf and Diane Hillard.


Discover Online Book Clubs

Join one of your library’s Online Book Clubs through Book News and receive new and exciting preview selections of books in your daily email.  You’ll receive a five-minute selection from a book Monday through Friday—after receiving two or three complete chapters, we’ll begin a new book.  If you’re enjoying a book and want to read more, use CU Catalog at to place a hold request on the title or call the library at 217-367-4057.  

You can access and join an Online Book Club via the “View All Featured Titles” link from the homepage.  


Donate to the Foundation’s Annual Campaign

The Urbana Free Library continues to grow and evolve with the help of its many supporters. Your generosity makes a difference. An example is the recent $25,000 updating of the library’s website,

The website has more dynamic content on the homepage, including featured book titles and continuous feeds from library events and department blogs. It’s also responsive and automatically adjusts the display for mobile devices.

The website went live on October 29, and we’re proud! We encourage you to give it a try. Projects like this are what the Foundation is about: improving your library experience and providing for amenities that reach beyond our strong city tax support.

The Urbana Free Library means a lot to our community. It’s a downtown anchor that attracts 500,000 people through its doors each year. Last year, they checked out 800,000 books, movies, and music; logged 112,000 computer sessions; and attended 800 programs. It’s a place where parents take young children to check out their first books, where teenagers gather after school, and where residents relax with a cup of coffee and a magazine.

The Urbana Free Library Foundation is the bridge that helps transform a good library into a great one.

Please consider donating to our Annual Campaign.