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Vol. 38, No. 04 April 2013 | Download as PDFArchived Newsletters

The Boneyard Arts Festival @ Your Library

From music and dance programs to displays of creative works by local artisans, your library can help to cure your spring fever with a healthy dose of the arts.   
Performances and Events

  • Prairie Elementary School Dance • Thursday, April 11, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Leal Elementary School Chorus • Thursday, April 11, 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Prairie Breezes presents David Howie • Friday, April 12, 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Urbana School District #116 Film Fest • Saturday, April 13, 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Bow-Dacious String Band • Saturday, April 13, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
  • The Last Day of Winter: CD release concert with Chris Vallillo
  • Special Guest Rocky Maffit • Saturday, April 13, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Yankee Ridge Elementary School Dance • Sunday, April 14, 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Leal Elementary School Dance • Sunday, April 14, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Exhibits and Displays

  • Framed prints through Eclectic: An Artist Co-op • April 1 - 30
  • New work from Boneyard Pottery­
    A visual display of fine porcelain by Michael Schwegmann • April 1 - 30
  • Young artist exhibition by the students of Hua Nian Art Studio • April 7 - 21
  • Art display by students of Urbana School District #116 • April 9 - 22   

To find out more about the festival, and what unique activities will occur in downtown Urbana and surrounding areas, visit  For detailed information about library events during the Boneyard Arts Festival, visit the library’s e-calendar at   

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 & The 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 is 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 unique voice.  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 & 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 David Howie

Friday, April 12 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

At this month’s concert, children and their families will have the opportunity to meet Parents’ Choice Award winner David Howie.  A singer, songwriter, and guitarist with over 30 years of experience, Howie says “playing for kids is a BLAST!” So come have a BLAST with us when Howie brings his guitar and shares original music and familiar tunes.   
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.





AsiaLENS Film Series Presents
Witnesses to a Secret War

Wednesday, April 10 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Directed by Deborah Dickson, Witnesses to a Secret War is a first-hand account by CIA-supported Hmong soldiers who fought, survived, and fled Laos when the Communists took over in 1975.  Combined with personal stories by Hmong refugees residing in the U.S., the film brings greater awareness to a relatively unknown piece of American history.   
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.




UFLive! Presents Don’t Ask

Sunday, April 21 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Busey-Mills Reading Room

Don’t Ask plays Klezmer music in the spirit of early Eastern Europe’s village string bands, with Middle Eastern, Balkan influences, and other surprises thrown in the mix.  The tunes and harmonies are joyful yet haunting—sometimes lively and raucous, sometimes gentle and melancholy, and always evocative.   
The local five-piece band is comprised of Frances Harris and Sara Sasaki on fiddle, Chris Reyman on accordion, Michael Shapiro on guitar, and Mike Meadows on bass.   
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, April 28 • 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 April, UFL Reads! will discuss Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by noted historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.  In this absorbing and marvelously written account of Lincoln’s political expertise, we learn how he converted his rivals—three men who opposed him for the Republican nomination in 1860—into members of his cabinet by using their strengths for the good of the country.   
UFL Reads!, our book club for adults, meets the fourth Sunday of most months.



What to Know About Your Library’s NOOK® Lending Program

  • All eReaders have pre-loaded titles.  Select from Bestseller, Science Fiction Fantasy/Young Adult Literature Romance, and Literary Fiction/Mystery & Suspense eReaders.     
  • You may borrow an eReader with a valid adult or high school library card from The Urbana Free Library.   
  • Each eReader may be borrowed for two weeks and renewed twice, if no one has put in a hold request for the device.   
  • You can place up to two hold requests for a specific eReader.
  • The late fee for an eReader is $1.00 per day.   
  • As always, stop by an Adult Services information desk if you have questions or need help.

Friends of The UFL Spring Book Sale

April 25 - 29 • 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, April 25 (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night).  
Not a member yet? You can sign up online or print out a copy of the membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library 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.