This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 42, No. 1 January 2017

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A Happy New Year to All, from The Urbana Free Library

There are a lot of great things to look forward to at your Library this year. Your Library is the place for everyone as individual library users as well as being the place we come together as a community. All are welcome! Here is a small sampling of the great opportunities to interact with your Library and each other this year:
Some special activities you won't want to miss:

  • On January 6, we will host a game night from 6:00-8:00 p.m. as part of a First Friday event. TUFL stays open late on the first Friday night of the month as we celebrate the great opportunities Downtown Urbana has to offer. First Fridays are the brainchild of Imbibe Urbana. Come for the special events or come to use your Library: We are here for you either way.
  • The 10th Annual Fairy Tale Ball is scheduled for Friday, March 10 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss the epic cuteness and fun!
  • The Friends of The Urbana Free Library are sponsoring book prizes for the Winter Reading programs for everyone through February 28, and their Spring Book Sale begins Thursday, March 30 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Celebrations throughout the year will commemorate the Chanute Air Force Base's 100th Anniversary. The Champaign County Historical Archives were chosen to preserve our community’s history of the Base, and we are excited to share it with you.

New collections to explore:

  • Musical instruments, including guitars and amps
  • Video games 
  • Productivity tools, including a VHS to DVD converter
  • Sewing machines and a Sizzix® die-cutting and embossing machine – and lots of Sizzix® dies 
  • Hands-on Science items for children

Our newly updated website makes it easier to find the Library awesomeness which appeals to you. Please explore and give us feedback at this link.

The Urbana Free Library Foundation is celebrating its 20 year anniversary and is trying to purchase the empty lot on the northwest corner of Green Street and Race Street. Thanks to the generosity of the City of Urbana, the aging 1975 boiler will be replaced in late spring. Long range planning and Library Campus Planning will begin.

It is going to be a great year, and we look forward to seeing you at the Library!

Celeste Choate, Executive Director

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Support the Foundation's Annual Campaign

In this time of shrinking government budgets, The Urbana Free Library continues to be a vibrant and welcoming place. We offer programs that help young children learn to read (1,000 Books Before Kindergarten); that help teens improve their knowledge of modern technology (Teen Open Lab); and offer performances by local musical groups that inspire us all.

Overall, total check-outs from the Library were up by five percent last year—that’s an amazing 847,000 items! And we remain open seven days a week, with no reduction in hours.

But The Urbana Free Library can't continue to offer all of its wonderful programs—and remain one of the top-rated libraries in the country for its size—without your financial support. While the City of Urbana continues to support the Library, more funding is needed to provide the sort of programs and activities that enrich the lives of so many people—rich and poor, young and old, from across the community. You can help support our Library with a gift to The Urbana Free Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit.

Read more about the Foundation's Annual Campaign

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Winter Reading Programs for Everyone
December 21 - February 28

Winter Reading Fun for Children (infants through grade 5)

Pick up a reading log at the Children's Services question desk or PRINT A COPY FROM HOME (no registration necessary).

Children (infants through grade 5) can read away the winter blues when they sign up for the 2017 Winter Reading Program!

  • Each time you read 15 minutes, color a paw print on the path to the polar bear's igloo on your reading log. 
  • You can read anything---books, magazines, listen to TumbleBooks, or have someone read to you. 

When you have colored all the paw prints, return your reading log to the Children's Services question desk by February 28 to receive a free book! 

Winter Reading Fun for Children (PDF)

Winter Reading Challenge for Teens and Adults

To register and obtain a Winter Reading Challenge log, stop by the first floor information desk, the second floor reference desk, or ONLINE

  • Choose at least five of the reading challenges and keep track of your progress.  Make it fun and make it challenging for yourself.
  • One book can fulfill more than one challenge, but you must read at least four books.
  • When you've completed your five challenges, bring your log to the second floor reference desk by February 28 and choose from our cart of prize books.

Winter Reading Challenge for Teens and Adults (PDF)

Book prizes are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library

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First Friday Game Night @ The Urbana Free Library

-- A special after-hours event --

Friday, January 6 • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
For all ages

Imbibe LogoJoin us for a special Imbibe Urbana First Fridays event featuring the Library's amazing board game collection. Relax and play board games that you loved as a kid or discover a new classic. Expect a few surprises, including a giant Scrabble® board. We challenge you not to have fun!

The Library will be open until 8:00 p.m. for this special Imbibe Urbana event!

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Prairie Breezes presents Sun-Young Shin and Benjamin Hayek

Saturday, January 7 • 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
For children and their families

Young audiences are invited to a lively introduction to Baroque music, accented with Baroque violin and viola da gamba.

Prairie Breezes concerts are on the first Saturday of most months and are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

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Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, January 21 • 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
For children and their families

It's the Year of the Rooster! Join teachers and students from the school of the Chinese Heritage Association and celebrate the new year with bilingual stories, songs, and a craft. 

This program is in collaboration with the Chinese Heritage Association. 


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Introducing the Library's Newest Collection:
Music Equipment!

Have you ever wanted to create and play music?  Coming this month, the Library will roll out a new music equipment collection that will offer patrons the tools to learn how to create music, to augment home recording, or the ability to try out an item before purchasing or pursuing lessons.

The initial collection will include electric guitars, acoustic guitars, and guitar amplifiers. In the future, the Library will add electronic drum tools, guitar effects pedals, and digital music tools.  The collection will start small but will grow with your input.  If you have ideas about what the Library can provide to musicians of all levels, let us know

The Library does anticipate that this latest in a series of new circulating collections available to patrons will be popular.  We recommend placing a hold request to reserve your spot!

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Read IN the Market with The Urbana Free Library

Saturday, January 28 • 8:00 a.m. - Noon
All ages

You can visit with Library staff at Read in the Market, an event at Urbana's Lincoln Square in downtown Urbana. Enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves.

Read in the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Urbana Business Association.

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UFLive! presents Desafinado

Sunday, January 15 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
All ages

Warm up with the sweet sounds of Desafinado -- a six-piece ensemble that plays a combination of samba, bossa nova, and MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira).

UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months and are made possible by the generous support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation.

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UFL Reads! Memoirs: I Am Malala

Sunday, January 22 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For adults

Explore an intriguing collection of recent, acclaimed memoirs—titles that highlight an author’s personal reminiscences, experiences, and observances.

This month, UFL Reads! will discuss I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai, 2013.  The youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee became a symbol of hope and inspiration when she challenged the traditions of her Pakistan community.

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

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Charging Lockers Now Available @ Your Library

The Library now has a free charging station for patron use. The station has five lockers where visitors to the Library can securely store and charge their cell phones, tablets, and laptops while they browse the collection or attend a program. 

Similar to a hotel safe, patrons are able to choose their own four-digit code to secure their locker. Each locker has an electrical outlet, two USB ports, and four charger connectors that can be used with a wide variety of devices. 

The charging locker is located on the main floor across from the information desk, adjacent to the photocopier and fax machine.

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