In The Current Issue of This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 38, No. 05 May 2013 | Download as PDFArchived Newsletters

Are you looking for an adventure?  Do you want to explore far off places and sightsee around the world?  With a good book, you can travel anywhere!  

Before you start your trip, sign up for Have Book—Will Travel, the library’s summer reading program.  New this summer—you can sign up for the program and keep track of your reading progress online.  

For more information, call Teen Services (217-367-4405) or Children’s Services (217-367-4069), stop by the library, or check for updates on how to plan your summer reading journey. 

The 2013 Teen and Children’s Summer Reading Program is generously supported by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library.  

Roger Ebert

June 18, 1942 - April 4, 2013

The Urbana Free Library was saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. A native of Urbana, Ebert had many memories of his 1950s childhood, which he frequently mentioned on his website and in his columns.  He particularly had a fondness for The Urbana Free Library children’s librarian Miss Fiske, who nodded approvingly when he checked out books—so he checked out more to win more nods.

In October 2001, Ebert returned to Urbana to host a fundraising benefit, where he reminisced about growing up in Urbana and urged those in attendance to support public institutions, such as the place he fondly named “The Urbana Free and Wonderful Library.”

Thank you, Roger Ebert. You will always be two thumbs-up.

Inscription by Roger Ebert in Roger Ebert’s Home Movie Companion.  Donated to the Champaign County Historical Archives by former Executive Director Fred Schlipf.

Transportation History of Urbana-Champaign

Wednesday, May 1 • 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Local history buffs can enjoy a presentation that examines Getting to Champaign, a photo-graphy exhibit currently on display at Illinois Terminal (free and open to the public).  The exhibit highlights significant milestones in the evolution of ground transportation in Urbana-Champaign.  

Sharing in the presentation will be George Friedman, Jr., an expert on the street railways of Urbana and Champaign; Ben Halpern, photographer who has had four exhibits at Illinois Terminal that focus on the history of transportation in and around Champaign; Dan McCullum, historian, former Champaign Mayor and Champaign City Council member, and current Champaign City historian; and Bill Volk, Managing Director of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) for more than 30 years.  


Wheels and Sails: On the Move with Amasong!

Sunday, May 5 • 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Amasong for a transportation-themed concert.   The performance will feature songs about sailing and trains, and sing-along fun with favorites such as The Wheels on the Bus.  

Directed by Jill Crandall, Amasong is Champaign-Urbana’s Premier Lesbian/Feminist chorus and has an enthusiastic local following.  They perform folkloric, women-oriented, and classical music.  


Dan Brown at Lincoln Center
An Evening of Codes, Symbols, and Secrets

Wednesday, May 15 • 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Your library will host a live stream of a presentation featuring #1 international bestselling author, Dan Brown, from Lincoln Center in New York City.  He’ll be speaking about Inferno, his next Robert Langdon thriller, due to release on May 14.  Brown will also talk about a range of topics—science, religion, codes, book publishing, movie making, and a few surprises.  

You can place a hold request on Dan Brown’s Inferno via CU Catalog on or call the library at 217-367-4405.  

The Friends of the Library Need Your Help!

The Friends support your library in many ways.  They organize and raise money through their used book sales and support the library’s summer reading programs.  The Friends other helpful projects fall in the “extra touches” category, such as the development and maintenance of the signature flower boxes and landscaping around the library.  

Do you have a green thumb and might you be looking for a volunteer opportunity?  The Friends are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with the library gardens.  

Garden volunteers:

  • Help with the maintenance, watering, and weeding of the library garden  
  • Commit to one hour, once per week  
  • Need not be a member of the Friends of the Library

If you’re interested in contributing volunteer hours to your library, contact Simon at 217-493-3670.  The Friends are looking forward to hearing from you!

Research Night at the Champaign County Historical Archives

Second Wednesday of the Month
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.  

May 8, 2013:  Beginning Genealogy Research
Discover the many helpful resources at the Champaign County Historical Archives for local research and beyond.  Members of the Champaign County Genealogical Society will be available to help you with your family history research.  

June 12, 2013:  Scanning Photos and Transparencies
Digital storage of family photos is important to beginner and experienced researchers.  Eric Fair will demonstrate how to use the public scanners in the Archives and introduce you to scanning photos, slides, and negatives.  

Research nights are open to the public. There is no fee, nor is registration required.

Discover BookNews

Introducing a new online reader’s advisory service from your library where you’ll discover:

  • Links to monthly newsletters that feature a wide variety of books for all ages
  • Descriptions of books with reviews and links to CU Catalog, so you can request a copy
  • Links to award-winning and bestselling books
  • A newsletter sign-up page where you can subscribe to email newsletters

You can access the BookNews service via the “View All Featured Titles” link from the homepage.

Memories of the 2013 Fairy Tale Ball