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Vol. 38, No. 11 November 2013 | Download as PDFArchived Newsletters

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Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival

You’re invited to the fifth 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 asat other venues in the community. To learn how to buy tickets and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit

All Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival events at your library are scheduled for Saturday, November 2, and are FREE!

In the Busey - Mills Reading Room (first floor)

  • 11:00 a.m. Folk, Gospel, and Blues • Jerome Chambers
  • 1:00 p.m. Memphis Minnie Workshop • Del Ray
  • 2:15 p.m. Popular Turn-of-the-Century Music • Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra
  • 3:30 p.m. American Portrait Songwriting • Ben Bedford

• In the Lewis Auditorium (ground floor)

  • 10:00 a.m. Ballads Workshop • Dan Keding
  • 11:30 a.m. Storytelling Showcase • Kathe Brinkmann, Sue Searing, Camille Born, and Kim Sheahan
  • 1:00 p.m. Featured Storyteller • Dan Keding
  • 2:30 p.m. Reading an Audience Workshop • Dan Keding
  • 3:45 p.m. Drumming and Storytelling • Oba William King

Prairie Breezes Presents 20 Fingers & 4 Hands

Friday, November 8 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Children and their families are invited to join this classical duo for the magic of piano and violin. Award-winning performers Tatiana Shustova and Aaron Jacobs are both doctoral candidates at the University of Illinois and have performed
at regional, national, and international venues.

The Urbana Free Library would like to thank 20 Fingers & 4 Hands for generously sharing their talents with the library community. Prairie Breezes concerts are family friendly and take place on the second Friday of most months.

Prairie Breezes concerts are for children and their families and take place on the second Friday of most months. The series is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

UFLive! Presents Almost “A” Quintet

Sunday, November 17 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Busey-Mills Reading Room

Almost “A” Quintet features some of the most talented and in-demand performers in the area. With a strong and diverse background in classical, contemporary art music, jazz, Latin jazz with folk, gypsy, gypsy jazz, tango, and klezmer, their music will brighten your day.

The talented artists of the Almost “A” Quintet include Chris Reyman (accordion), George Turner (guitar), Dorothy Martirano (violin), Armand Beaudoin (bass), and Ricardo Flores (percussion).

All UFLive! concerts are family friendly and take place on the third Sunday of most months.

UFL Reads! Wild Card

Sunday, November 24 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room

Enjoy a selection of old and new favorites, picked especially by fellow book club members. This month we’ll read Juliet by New York Times bestselling author Anne Fortier.

History, mystery, romance, and Shakespeare! Julie Jacobs searches for her heritage, returning to the place of her birth—Siena, Italy, home of the most dangerous and historic horse race in the world, Il Palio. Will the conspiracies and love she discovers in Siena link her forever to Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare’s famous play?

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

The Affordable Care Act: What Does It Mean for Me?

Wednesday, November 13 • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Come to a community meeting where you can find out more about the Health Insurance Marketplace. Our guest speakers from Champaign County Health Care Consumers will be talking about:

  • Types of health insurance offered through the marketplace
  • Financial assistance available to make health insurance affordable
  • Essential health benefits covered by plans offered in the marketplace
  • How you can apply for the marketplace open enrollment

Open to the public • Free parking and near CU-MTD bus lines • Wheelchair accessible

Research Night
at the Champaign County Historical Archives

Wednesday, November 13 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Jean Evans Archives Room

Research nights are now enhanced with special topics! Whether you’re a regular or new to family history research, stop by to learn about the services of the Archives and take advantage of discussions and demonstrations on special topics.

This month’s special topic: Researching land and house records using the Champaign County Tax Assessor’s website. Presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.

Research Night at the Champaign County Historical Archives take place on the second Wednesday of each month and are open to the public.

Furry Friends Overnight

Friday, November 8 • 5:15 - 5:30 p.m.
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Saturday, November 9 • 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Lewis Auditorium

It’s time for everyone’s favorite sleepover! Children ages 2 and up (and their families) are invited to bring one of their plush toys or dolls for a story time on Friday afternoon and tuck it in for an overnight stay at the library. On Saturday morning we’ll enjoy a pancake breakfast and you can find out what adventures your stuffy had during its sleepover.

For more information about children’s services and events at the library, visit the e-calendar at

Friends of The Urbana Free Library Fall Book Sale

November 21 - 25 • 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. - 1:00 p.m. (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 21 (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night).

Not a member yet? Use the handy membership form below, which you can drop in the mail, hand in at any library service desk, or join online at

The Friends hold massive sales of great used books in April, August, and November, but you also can 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.

The November book sale will include the final selection of library books from the Better World Books shipment. Adult Services librarians have completed the careful reevaluation of titles and selection of items to be returned to the collection. If all goes as hoped and the library has a team of volunteers to assist, items not purchased at the fall book sale will be boxed and shipped to Better World Books. If plans fall through and volunteers are not available, items not purchased at the fall book sale will be transferred to
the Recycle Center at the University of Illinois.