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

Vol. 38, No. 07 July 2013 | Download as PDFArchived Newsletters

To sign up for email notification of library events, or an electronic version of the library newsletter, CLICK HERE

Strategic Plan Defines Your Library’s Future

In February, The Urbana Free Library embarked on a strategic planning process to chart the future course for services. The planning process was an interplay between a 16-member Community Strategic Planning Committee and the library Board and staff.

Committee members, representing key constituencies and Urbana neighborhoods, met in February and March to discuss their vision for the future of Urbana and the library’s role in delivering that vision. They reviewed 18 typical library services and forwarded 11 of those to the Board and staff for comment, reviewed the Board/staff analysis and selected their final service recommendations, which the Board adopted.

The work of the committee and Board resulted in six library services that will direct the library’s focus for Fiscal Year 2014 through 2016. The chosen services are listed in priority order:

Visit a comfortable place: Physical and virtual spaces, with the emphasis on physical space
Stimulate imagination: Reading, viewing, and listening for pleasure
Create young readers: Early literacy
Connect to the online world: Internet access
Express creativity: Create and share content, with an emphasis on teens
Discover your roots: Local history and genealogy

It was clear throughout the planning process that Urbana residents love the library and are concerned about its future. With an updated mission that defines the library as “a welcoming place with space, collections, technology, and staff
dedicated to fostering literacy and a strong community,” there is a wide array of opportunities in the strategic plan to engage and excite the community.

The strategic planning process was facilitated by Sandra Nelson, a leading library planning consultant, whose clients include the Public Library Association, the Gates Foundation, and hundreds of libraries both large and small.

To view the complete Strategic Plan for Services, including the objectives designed to measure library progress, click HERE.

Q & A with Edgar Award-Winning Author Elizabeth Wein

Saturday, July 6 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Elizabeth Wein writes historical fiction and recently won the 2013 Edgar Award for best young adult mystery/thriller for Code Name Verity. The title also was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book in 2013 and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Wein will join us at your library for an informal Q & A session, and chat with us about her creative process. Come help us welcome Elizabeth Wein to the community.

Code Name Verity is available at your library. Call 217-367-4405 or visit CU Catalog.


Programs Just for Teens

Fourth of July Party
Wednesday, July 3 • 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

Kick off your plans for Independence Day with a pre-day party!

Teen Open Lab
July 9, 18, 23, 24, 30, 31 • Lewis Auditorium

(Dates and times vary; check e-calendar at Film-making, 3D printing, music, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, or just hanging out.

Urbana Otaku Manga Club
Friday, July 5 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

All things manga, plus snacks and prizes on the first Friday of most months.

Second Saturday Video Games
Saturday, July 13 • 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

Monthly game sessions for those in grades 6 through 12. Bring your own consoles and games, or use the library’s Wii.

Yoga 101 for Teens
Wednesday, July 17 • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

Whether you’re an expert yogi or have never been on the mat, you’re invited to a yoga intro with Maggie Taylor. You’ll learn fun poses and breathing techniques. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a towel.

Art Day @ Your Library
Monday, July 22 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

Join us for an hour of artistic creativity, with different art activities planned each month.


Programs Just for Children

Travelin’ in Style
Wednesday, July 10 • 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

Boats and bicycles and buggies, OH MY! Join Sandy Osborne from the Museum of the Grand Prairie for some long-ago transportation fun with crafts, games, and other activities.
For children ages 4 and up.

Laugh It Up with Zoo Improv
Saturday, July 13 • 11:00 a.m. - Noon • Lewis Auditorium

Take to the stage with Zoo Improv, a popular, local comedy troupe. Be prepared for laughter and mayhem when they show how to bring out the comedian in you! For
children in elementary school.

Have Space Suit, Will Travel
Tuesday, July 16 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

Travel to a space station with Dave Leake from the Parkland College Staerkel Planetarium. He’ll share what it’s like to live and work in zero gravity and show us a real space suit!
For families.

Summer Sidewalk Chalk
Saturday, July 20 • 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. • Cherry Alley

Let’s draw large! Just bring your imagination and we’ll supply the chalk. If it rains, we’ll bring our creativity indoors. For children of all ages.

Fun, Healthy Snacking
Thursday, July 25 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

Have some hands-on fun with food and learn about healthy snacks with Leia Kedem from the University of Illinois Extension. For children ages 5 and up.

Bubble Blast!
Saturday, July 27 • 11:00 a.m. - Noon • Cherry Alley

Let’s make some BIG bubbles! Come prepared to get soaked and soapy and have some good clean fun! For families.

The Bow-Dacious String Band

Friday, July 19 • Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Back by popular demand—the young musicians of the Bow-Dacious String Band Camp from the Community Center for the Arts. For families.


There’s So Much Going on @ Your Library - Don’t Miss a Thing!

In today’s busy world, it’s hard keeping track of everything you need to do, let alone all those extras you’d like to do. When it comes to programs and community meetings at your library, we can help so you don’t miss a thing!

When you sign up for The UFL’s E-notification of Events service, you’ll receive a friendly email reminder for events that may be of interest to you. Select from the following program categories: Arts & Music; Book & Author; Craft & Game; Lectures & Workshops; Local History & Genealogy; OR programs for Children, Teens, or Families. You can even be notified about outreach events where you might find library staff; meetings of the Friends, Board of Trustees, and Foundation; and when a new edition of the library’s Online Newsletter is available.

To sign up for E-notification of Events, visit and select “full calendar” at the bottom of the “Calendar of Events” box. You’ll find a link to sign up and select which programs and community meetings interest you.