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Vol. 38, No. 10 October 2013 | Download as PDFArchived Newsletters

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Spotlight on the McCandless Photography Collection

When Bob McCandless closed the doors on his Urbana photography studio in 2011, a large number of his studio and outdoor images of local residents were generously donated to the Champaign County Historical Archives. The photographs (1965-2011) are an invaluable historical record of life in our community and include images of the Urbana Police and Fire Departments, the Champaign County Bar Association, members of the First Christian Church, the Boy Scouts of America, and fraternities and sororities.

A recent grant from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board has provided for the successful re-housing and finding-aid preparation of the McCandless Photography Collection. Thanks to the diligent and careful work of Amy Bishop, a student at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the full extent (128 boxes) of the collection is now housed in storage containers of appropriate size, strength, and preservation quality. The completion of this project will significantly improve the long-term preservation and access of the collection, which is of great value to our community.

The Urbana Free Library thanks Robert McCandless for his dedication to the community and his generous donation to the Champaign County Historical Archives of The Urbana Free Library. Pictured with Anke Voss, Director of Special Collections.

The NOOK® Lending Program...
…Children’s NOOK®s Coming Soon!

The library now has 16 adult NOOK® eReaders—and coming soon—6 children’s NOOK® eReaders (two of which are color).

Here’s what you need to know:

  • All eReaders have pre-loaded titles with a wide range of genres.
  • You may borrow an eReader with a valid adult or high school library card from The Urbana Free Library.
  • You can place up to two hold requests at a time, and you are able to request any of the 18 eReaders.
  • The late fee for an eReader is $1.00 per day.

As always, stop by the Adult Services reference desk (217-367-4405) or the Children’s Services question desk (217-367- 4069) if you have questions or need help.

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

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Prairie Breezes Presents Maria & Co.

Friday, October 11 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Join Maria Merkelo (accordion), Carl Johnson (clarinet), and Josh Houchin (bass) to celebrate the colorful sounds of fall with the festive music of Oktoberfest.

Prairie Breezes concerts are for children and their families and take place on the second Friday of most months. The series is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

UFLive! Presents Bones Jugs ‘N Harmony

Sunday, October 20 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Busey-Mills Reading Room

It began with the dream of throwing a highenergy party with acoustic instruments. Bones Jugs ‘N Harmony is an eclectic, funloving group that draws inspiration from many musical styles, including blues, folk, bluegrass, ragtime, calypso, hip-hop, and more. They’re highly influenced by jug bands and string bands and they want to dance, sing, smile, and party with you!

All UFLive! concerts are family friendly and take place on the third Sunday of most months.

UFL Reads! Wild Card

Sunday, October 27 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room

Enjoy a selection of old and new favorites, picked especially by fellow book club members. This month we’ll read The Elegance of the Hedgehog, the critically praised novel by French author, Muriel Barbery.

Venture outside a bourgeois apartment in Paris and meet its unique residents—a cultured concierge, an intellectually precocious teen, and a Japanese businessman. Through interweaving narrations, the reader learns about the unusual and fulfilling friendship that blossoms among them.

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

Many Thanks to Our 2013 Summer Reading Program Sponsors

It’s hard to believe that summer is over and another reading program has come to a close. Using a convenient online registration and reading progress log, we’re happy to report a record 92 participants in the teen program, 387 participants in the children’s Read-to-Me program, and 419 participants in the children’s Reading Explorers program.

Each year, the library receives support for the annual Summer Reading Program from a number of generous businesses and organizations. A special thanks to the Friends of The Urbana Free Library, who generously supported the Summer Reading Program with book prizes and the purchase of the online Evanced Summer Reader program.
See you next year! Until then—keep reading!

  • Bob Evans Restaurant
  • Common Ground Food Co-op
  • Courier Cafe
  • Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch
  • Dairy Queen
  • Friends of The Urbana Free Library
  • Meatheads Burgers & Fries
  • Old Chicago Pizza
  • Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
  • Putt Zone Fun Center
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Urbana Park District
  • Walmart

Write On! Creative Writing Workshop

Thursday, October 10 • 3:45 - 5:00 p.m
Lewis Auditorium

Are you in grades 3 - 6 and like to write and craft your own stories? Join us when librarian Elaine Bearden and special guest Julia Reynolds collaborate to help you make your own writing survival kit to take home.

To register, call Children’s Services at 217-367-4069. Question? Contact

The Friends of the Library Need Your Help!

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.

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.

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!

The August Book Sale Raised $7,147




No Waiting – Zinio Digital Magazines

Impatient for the latest edition of your favorite magazine? Do you enjoy recipes, hobbies, or popular culture? The library provides hundreds of fascinating and information-packed magazines in glossy, paper format. Now your library is pleased to offer online access to many of these titles and more.

With an Urbana Free Library card and our partnership with Zinio Digital Magazines, issues are available 24/7. You can read them online, download them to your computer, or use apps to display your choices on your tablet or mobile device.

To access Zinio, visit CU Catalog at and select “eResources.” Questions? Call Adult Services at 217-367-4405.