This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 42, No. 11 November 2017

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First Fridays: C-U Folk & Roots Festival - Family Dance Party

Friday, November 3 • 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
For all ages Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)

The 9th annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival is here! Come join us for an evening of movin' and groovin' for the whole family. We will be making a host of percussive instruments in preparation for our very own dance party. Celebrate with us!

The Library will remain open until 8:00 p.m. for this First Fridays event.

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9th Annual Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival

Friday, November 3 & Saturday, November 4

The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. The festival takes place at various locations in downtown Urbana, November 2 - 4, 2017.

Friday, November 3 • Imbibe Urbana First Fridays special event

Busey-Mills Reading Room • First Floor

6:30 p.m. • A Family Dance Party
All ages are welcome to come make a percussion instrument and get movin’ and groovin’ with us!

Saturday, November 4  • Events at the Library

McFarlane-Hood Reading Room • First Floor

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Archives Bazaar: Discover the History of Champaign County! Hosted by the Champaign County Historical Archives

Lewis Auditorium • Ground Floor

10:00 a.m. •  Workshop: Herbal Self Care for Singers and Performers (Emma Dilemma)
12:30 p.m. • Storytelling
1:30 p.m. • Storytelling with Megan Wells
2:45 p.m. • Workshop with John Stanislawski
4:00 p.m. • Workshop with Megan Wells

Busey-Mills Reading Room • First Floor

10:30 a.m. • Prairie Breezes Concert presents the No Worries Ukelele Band
12:45 p.m. • Jean-Rene Balekita (Congolese music)
2:00 p.m. • John Coppess and Martin Stromberg
3:30 p.m. • Dusty James and Abalone Pearl

Satterthwaite Conference Room • Ground Floor

11:00 a.m. • Songwriting Workshop with Morgan Orion
12:30 p.m. • Singing Workshop with Dennis Stroughmatt
2:00 p.m. • Crankie-Making Workshop with Jess McIntosh

This month’s special Prairie Breezes concert is a collaboration of The Urbana Free Library and the C-U Folk & Roots Festival and is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

For more information about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit

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Archives Bazaar: Discover the History of Champaign County!

Saturday, November 4 • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For all ages • MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)

Discover photographs, documents, films, maps, and more artifacts held in the incredible archival and museum collections right here in Champaign County! Enjoy learning about these fascinating resources in a fun, interactive atmosphere. The Bazaar is FREE and features booths where you can chat it up with your local archivists and curators.

Ask professionals how to best preserve your memories, start researching your family history, record an oral history, or ask about the history of Champaign-Urbana and Champaign County. Come see all the diverse resources and history Champaign County has to offer.

Featuring: the Champaign County Historical Archives, Champaign County Genealogical Society, Champaign County History Museum, Homer Historical Society Museum, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Rantoul Historical Society, and UIUC Student Life & Culture Archives.

Door prizes, books for sale, and more!

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On Dreams and Werewolves with Author Maggie Stiefvater

Wednesday, November 15
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • For all ages

Maggie Stiefvater, New York Times best-selling young adult author, will be visiting the Library to talk about her new book, All the Crooked Saints, and her hit series The Wolves of Mercy Falls and The Raven Cycle.

Her books range from werewolf love stories to legends about Cornish kings, but always at the heart are impossible dreams and the lengths we'll go to follow them.

Maggie Stiefvater has held many jobs, from portrait artist to wedding musician. Now she makes her living as an author, but she also draws and composes her own music. She even plays bagpipes.

A Q&A session and a book signing will follow her talk. Copies of her books will be available for purchase.

Enter to win a free copy of All the Crooked Saints, a front-row seat at the talk, and a spot at the front of the signing line.

There are three ways to enter:

  1. Tweet us your favorite character from one of Maggie's books with the hashtag #TUFLMaggie.
  2. Click "Going" on the official Facebook event page.
  3. Fill out and submit an entry form at the Library.

The contest begins Saturday, September 23 and ends on Wednesday, November 1. Winners will be contacted by Friday, November 3.

Paid for in part by the City of Urbana Arts Grant and with the support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation.

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The Friends of The Urbana Free Library Fall Book Sale

November 16 - 20 • Lewis Auditorium

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)

The Friends of The Urbana Free Library invite you to their much-anticipated Fall Book Sale. It's a great way to support the Library, find book treasures, and make holiday gift purchases for the book lovers in your life. The Fall Book Sale will include a small collection of older and vintage Illios and giftable oversized books.

Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night). Not a member yet? You can join online or download the handy membership form that you can drop in the mail or turn in at any Library service desk. 

You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop. Proceeds from book sales and the Book Shop support Library programs and the purchase of Library materials.

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Beginning Genealogy Workshop: Working with Sources

Thursday, November 9 • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
For adults • Jean Evans Archives Room (Second Floor)

Locating records to prove our genealogy facts can be the most exciting part of compiling family history! In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to begin exploring your family history and how to use sources as evidence to support genealogical research. We will also learn about the local, state, and national resources available to family historians.

This workshop is FREE. Notebooks for recording your research will be available to all registrants. Registration is limited to 20 participants.

Please call the Champaign County Historical Archives at 217-367-4025, stop by to register, or fill out a registration form online.

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Family Reading Night Celebration!

Thursday, November 16 • 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
For families • Megan's Reading Room (Children's Area)

Bring the whole family for stories, songs, and a craft to celebrate family reading!

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UFLive! presents the Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project

Sunday, November 19 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For all ages • Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)

It's the best of both worlds when Latin meets jazz! The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project is a fresh mix of outstanding jazz soloists, rich Afro-Cuban-inspired rhythms, and unique arrangements of jazz standards. The group is led by drumset artist and percussionist Craig Russo, who has a special interest in Afro-Cuban music styles.

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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3D Printing Class

Sunday, November 26 • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
For adults and teens •
Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)

What is 3D printing, and how can you print materials at the Library? Come find out in this short 30-minute introductory class, followed by an hour-long, hands-on lesson on creating 3D files for the Library's 3D printer!



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