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Vol. 38, No. 03 March 2013 | Download as PDFArchived Newsletters

The 2013 Fairy Tale Ball - An Enchanted Evening

Friday, April 5 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
A Special After-hours Event

Sometimes, fairy tales do come true! Just wear a shiny suit of armor, a sparkly ball gown, or dress like your favorite fairy tale character, and join us for an evening of fantasy and frivolity at the sixth annual Fairy Tale Ball.

At the ball you can learn about the wonders of medieval science with the Royal Alchemist, enjoy fables of yore in a royal reading tent, create courtly crafts, be captivated by the castle juggler, and try your luck at the labyrinth—if you dare!

This year’s noble entertainers include:
• Central Illinois English Country Dancers & Flatland Consort
• Champaign-Urbana Dulcimer Society
• Ginger Lozar Puppet Show
• Fortune Teller Madame Zitron

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

The Last Day of Winter: CD Release Concert with Chris Vallillo
Special Guest Rocky Maffit

Saturday, April 13 • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

According to Chris Vallillo, there no such thing as too many guitars! For years, he’s collected and restored old stringed instruments, some high quality, most quite inexpensive, but each with its own uniquevoice. With The Last Day of Winter, Vallillo used this collection of voices to create a unique recording of original and Americana roots music on slide guitar.

Chris Vallillo is a nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, folk musician, and recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. In 2008, his CD of music for Abraham Lincoln in Song, reached #10 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Chart.

Rocky Maffit is a world percussionist, singer/songwriter, author, and Grammy-nominee. He is the author of Rhythm & Beauty: The Art of Percussion, and creator of three music CDs—Everytown, Sun and Shadow, and All the Lost Angels.

This concert is hosted by The Urbana Free Library, with generous support from JPE, Inc.; Tarrant Insurance Agency, Inc.; and Sara Tondini, Claymore Reality, Inc.



Prairie Breezes Presents Jason Finkelman

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

At this month’s Prairie Breezes, children and their families will be treated to a performance by percussionist Jason Finkelman. Using African and Brazilian instruments, found objects, and interactive improvisation, Finkelman’s talent will amaze you.
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 Yellowjacket Stringband

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

Come hear what all the buzz is about and enjoy an eclectic mix of old-time, blues, Irish, and Cape Breton tunes with our guests the Yellowjacket Stringband. The group features Kate Fritz on fiddle and banjo, Claire Johnson on fiddle, and Tom Turino on guitar, banjo, and accordion.

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

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

In March, UFL Reads! will discuss The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. In this critically acclaimed account of the dust storms that terrorized the High Plains during the darkest years of the Depression, Egan tells the extraordinary tale of the people who survived this ecological and human catastrophe.

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


TECH 21: Technology in the 21st Century

All classes held the first Saturday of each month • Registration required
10:00 - Noon • Satterthwaite Conference Room

Email Basics • March 2
Learn how to set up, send, and receive email, as well as etiquette and safety tips. Also discover differences in options and services offered by providers such as Gmail, Yahoo!, and Hotmail.

Being Professional on Paper • April 6
Learn tips for creating a professional cover letter, résumé, curriculum vitae, and more. Approximately one hour of instruction followed by one hour of document creation. Some familiarity with Microsoft Word and the Internet helpful.

The Full-time Job of Job Seeking • May 4
Find out how to use sources such as online job boards and employer websites to find jobs. Also learn tips for filling out job applications and required surveys. Some familiarity with the Internet helpful.

Classes are free and open to computer users of all ages. Call 217-367-4405 for reservations.

Classes made possible by Eliminate the Digital Divide 2012-13 Grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

AsiaLENS Film Series Presents Bön: Mustang to Menri

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

The preservation of Tibetan Bön culture is portrayed in this beautiful documentary. The film interweaves two stories: daily life of the Menri Monastery in Northern India (rebuilt after the old monastery in Tibet was destroyed) and the life of Geshe Sonam Gurung (who journeyed as a young boy from the ancient kingdom of Mustang, Nepal, to study at Menri).

Bön: Mustang to Menri has a universal message: Inspired individuals can overcome challenges and adversity, and they can have a positive impact on the world while giving back to the people, places, and traditions that nurtured them.

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.

Meet Children’s Book Author Trent Reedy

Thursday, March 7 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Children’s Services

After serving in Afghanistan in the United States Army, Trent Reedy brought home many stories from the war zone. Reedy was an English teacher in Riverside, Iowa, who dreamed of becoming a writer. But it wasn’t until he went to war that he found a story to tell.

Come meet Trent Reedy! Get a first-hand account of his stories from Afghanistan and his journey to becoming a children’s author. Reedy’s books will be available for sale and signing at the presentation.

Trent Reedy is the author of Stealing Air and Words in the Dust, a nominee for the 2014 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award. Visit to learn more.