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Vol. 38, No. 09 September 2013 | Download as PDF | Archived Newsletters

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Let’s Make Music @ the Library!

UFLive! Presents The Curses

Sunday, September 15 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Busey-Mills Reading Room

UFLive! concerts offer a diverse lineup of local performers and are scheduled on the third Sunday of most months in the Busey-Mills Reading Room.

The “sound” of 1920’s style jazz, swing, folk, and country but with a new light shone upon it. How do you hear old and new songs at the same time? The Curses!

Featuring Benjamin Spoden (resonator guitar and vocals); David Tcheng (flute, sax, trumpet, melodica, echo horn, accordion, vocals, and more); David Garcia (drums and percussion); Chris Strand (upright bass and vocals); and Claire Cannon (violin). For more information about The Curses, visit

Prairie Breezes Presents Dan Keding

Friday, September 13 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Lewis Auditorium

Prairie Breezes concerts present family-friendly live music in the library’s Lewis Auditorium. Performances take place on the second Friday of most months.

Internationally acclaimed storyteller and folk musician Dan Keding has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals in the world. Join us at this special family-friendly concert when Dan lassos words, a guitar, and even kitchen spoons, to delight and entertain.

Dan Keding was inducted into the Circle of Excellence of the National Storytelling Network for artistic accomplishments, won the 1999 American Library Association Notable Recording for Children Award, and the 2005 Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award for his book Stories of Hope and Spirit. For more information about Dan Keding, visit

Superhero Party

Saturday, September 7 • 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Now is your chance!

Come to the library dressed in your best superhero outfit. We’ll work together to pick our favorite superpowers to design our own comic book heroes.

This program is for children and their families.

UFL Reads! Wild Card

Sunday, September 22 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room

Enjoy a selection of old and new favorites, picked by fellow UFL Reads! book clubbers.

In September, our book club for adults will discuss Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. In this debut novel by Helen Simonson, late-life romance confronts culture clash in a genteel British village. The friendship between retired Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali, a local shop owner of Pakistani descent, grows slowly. Both recently widowed, they share a love of literature. Can their courtship overcome local prejudice?

UFL Reads! meets the fourth Sunday of most months.

Champaign County Historical Archives
Fall 2013 Workshop Series

Oral History Interviews for Genealogists

Saturday, September 7 • 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Noah Lenstra will show you how oral interviews can be used fora variety of purposes throughout your family history research.

The Union Wore Blue: Researching Civil War Military Records

Saturday, September 21 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Cherié Weible will show you how to bring the Civil War to life by researching military records. Learn about the information that can be gleaned from Civil War service and pension records.

Save Your Family’s Heritage: Organize and Share Your Family History

Saturday, October 19 • 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Discover a process and format that helps make research efforts more efficient and the results easier to read, digest, and share. Stephen Szabados will discuss how to organize information
extracted from documents and family oral history.

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.

There’s So Much Going on @ Your Library —
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Spotlight on Online Resources @ Your Library

The Urbana Free Library subscribes to more than 50 online resources to provide you with reliable information on a variety of topics. Here’s a sample of what’s available:

Books & Reading

  • NoveList Plus - Fiction and nonfiction book lists—what to read next
  • NoveList K-8 Plus - Fiction and nonfiction book lists for grades K-8

Consumer Information

  • - Ratings, reviews, and buying advice
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center - Info about stocks, mutual funds,and more

Homework Help

  • EBSCO Primary Search - Full-text magazine articles for grades K-8
  • EBSCO Mas Ultra - Full-text articles in popular magazines

Job Hunting & Careers

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - Business section with small business guides


  • Transparent Language Online (BYKI) - learn 70+ languages
  • MUZZY Online - A fun way for kids to learn Spanish, French, English, German,and Italian

Local History & Genealogy

  • Heritage Quest - Federal census records and more
  • Fold3 - United States history resources, including over 46,000,000 documentsand photos

The Teen Open Lab

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of Most Months
3:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

Program days and times may vary; check e-calendar at

Have you heard the good news? The library’s Teen Open Lab is the place to be!

Thanks to librarians Joel Spencer, Amber Castens, and our friends at the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, the Open Lab is jumping with communal activity.
And here’s the best part—new faces are discovering the
library each week!

The Teen Open Lab offers the following:

  • Makerspace equipment
  • Arts and crafts
  • Homework help and Web surfing
  • Audio production
  • Video and photo production
  • Gaming
  • Minecraft servers

From the Children’s Services Blog:
Reading Is Cool!

We’ve had such a great time this summer celebrating reading during Have Book—Will Travel. We’ve made our own rope, visited outer space, and listened with rapt attention to young performers during the Bow-Dacious String Band concert. Check out our photos from the past month!

Submitted to Books & More, the Children’s Services blog, by librarian Elaine Bearden at