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Vol. 38, No. 02 February 2013 | Download as PDFArchived Newsletters

Meet Children’s Book Author Linda Sue Park

Friday, February 22 • 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

We have exciting news! Newbery Award-winning children’s author, Linda Sue Park, will visit your library for a presentation that will include a discussion about her books and her life as a writer.  

While Park is best known for her Newbery Award book, A Single Shard, she has written many other popular titles for youth, including poetry and picture books.  Copies of the author’s books will be available for sale and signing at the presentation.  

Throughout February, you can stop by Children’s Services to find books by Linda Sue Park.  For a related event, children in elementary school are invited to get prepped for the author’s visit at:

Explore the World of Linda Sue Park

Friday, February 15 • 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

We’ll discuss two of Park’s books, engage in trivia about Park, and think of questions you might want to ask her when she visits.

No Waiting!
Zinio Digital Magazine

Impatient for the latest news commentary or fashion magazine?  Do you enjoy recipes, hobbies, or popular culture?  For many years, the library has provided hundreds of fascinating and information-packed magazines in glossy, paper format.  Now your library is pleased to offer online access to many of these titles and more.
With your Urbana Free Library card and our partnership with Zinio Digital Magazines, issues are available 24/7.  You can read them online, download them to your computer, or use apps to display your choices on your tablet or mobile device.  No more waiting and you can keep your choices as long as you want!  

We’ve selected almost 100 of the most popular magazines, including Consumer Reports, Dwell, Newsweek, and Smart Money.  We’ve also added titles new to the library, such as Do It Yourself, the Food Network Magazine, and Juxtapose Art & Culture.  

To access Zinio, visit CU Catalog at where you will also find a helpful user guide and video guide.  Questions?  Call Adult Services at 367-4405.

Prairie Breezes Presents Mo’ Betta Music

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

Established in 2005, the Mo’ Better Music ensemble is a collaborative effort between community volunteers, the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, and the UIUC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Public Engagement.  The program is designed to encourage the spirit of indigenous creativity through jazz, blues, gospel, and other popular musical forms, and to encourage young musicians to develop their talent and musical skills.  

Join us when Mo’ Betta Music inspires and entertains the library community with their amazing talent.
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 Desafinado

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

Based in Champaign-Urbana, Desafinado is a seven-piece ensemble that plays a combination of samba, bossa nova, and MPB (musica popular Brasileira).  Come warm up with the sweet sounds of this popular, local group, as they dazzle with vocals, classical guitar, flute, congas, mandolin, percussion and piano/melodica.

Desafinado is Elis Artz (vocals), Nikos Vergis (percussion), Gabriel Motta (guitar), Luciano Tosta (mandolin and percussion), Tom Paynter (flute, melodica, and piano), David Cubberly (bass), and Giraldo Rosales (congas).  

All 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.

UFL Reads! American History

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

In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larson

Sometimes it’s easy to forget where we’ve been and to remember our past. Join UFL Reads! as we explore nonfiction titles highlighting significant periods in American History.

Berlin, 1933. Witness Hitler’s Third Reich through the experiences of American Ambassador William E. Dodd and his family. Eminently readable, Erik Larson’s well-researched and remarkable narrative provides an eyewitness perspective to the events and personalities in Germany that many in the rest of the world were unaware of.

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

AsiaLENS Film Series Presents Seoul Train

Wednesday, February 13 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

JSleeth, Seoul Train is a riveting exposé of the life and death of North Koreans who attempt escape from their homeland and China via the secretive “underground railroad.” Through vérité footage, personal stories, and interviews, the award-winning documentary delves into the complex geopolitics behind this growing and potentially explosive humanitarian crisis.

AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and lecture/discussion programs on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia. The series is organized by the Asian Educational Media Service, a program of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Champaign County Historical Archives
Spring 2013 Workshop Series

Oral History Interviews for Genealogists
Saturday, March 16 • 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Noah Lenstra will show you how oral interviews can be used for a wide variety purposes throughout family history research.  

Intermediate Genealogy
Thursdays, March 28 - May 2 • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Let Nicole Miller show you strategies for analyzing and interpreting documents you may have discovered about your family.  

Courthouse Research for Genealogy
Saturday, May 4 • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Join Robert Johnson in exploring all aspects of conducting research in courthouse records, including a discussion of “hard to find” sources and often overlooked resources.

Cemetery Care and Restoration
Saturday, May 11 or Saturday, June 8
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

John Heider will explain cemetery care, marker preservation, and restoration. We’ll meet at The Urbana Free Library in the morning and then proceed to a nearby cemetery for hands-on work in the afternoon.

Gravestone Repair
Saturday, May 18 or Saturday, June 15
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

John Heider will teach some of the latest methods for preserving grave markers, an invaluable resource for those interested in best practices for cemetery preservation.

Prerequisite: Cemetery Care and Basic Restoration or by instructor’s approval.

For detailed information about workshop fees, locations, and how to register, visit  You can also stop by the Champaign County Historical Archives on the second floor of the library.  

The Urbana Free Library Teen Tech Series

Most Wednesday and Thursday Afternoons
January 30 - March 14 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Join the Fab Lab and the Makerspace mentors and learn how to make some really cool stuff!  

What will we be doing?  

  • 3D design and printing     
  • Stop motion filmmaking  
  • Atari synthesizer building
  • Robots!  Robots!  Robots!  
  • Didgeridoo making
  • Sticker, pop-up, and stencil cut-out design creation  

Have an idea for something you’d like to make?  Let us know!  

For more information about dates and weekly activities, visit the library’s e-calendar at or contact Joel or Amber at 367-4405.