This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 43, No. 3 March 2018

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Friends of The Urbana Free Library Spring Book Sale

Thursday, April 5 - Monday, April 9
Lewis Auditorium • Ground Floor

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)

You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! 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? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. 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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First Fridays: Gamelan Music & Dance Performance

Friday,  March 2 • 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
For all ages • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

The Bali Lantari ensemble celebrates the beautiful cultural arts of Bali. Come experience traditional Balinese gamelan music and dance – colorful, expressive, and unforgettable. The ensemble is led by I Ketut Gede Asnawa, a full-time visiting faculty member of the School of Music and Robert E. Brown Center for World Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For all ages.

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

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Library Staff at Read Across America Celebration

Saturday, March 3 • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
For families • Lincoln Square Mall

Visit with us at Lincoln Square Mall as we join the Urbana Park District and over 40 local businesses and organizations to celebrate literacy! Hands-on activities, storytellers, costumed characters, a special parent and toddler area, local celebrity greeters, and books read in multiple languages make this event a family favorite. The first 1,000 children who attend will receive a free bag and book of their choice!

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Cat and Snack

Saturday, March 3 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For all ages • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Cat lovers, mark your calendars for our second annual Cat and Snack program! We will be making cat crafts and cat toys, making our own delicious spring rolls, and enjoying an endless loop of our favorite cat videos. This is an all-ages, all-skill level, drop-in program.



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Eleventh Annual Fairy Tale Ball!

Friday, March 9 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • For all ages

~ A special after hours event! ~

Adventure and excitement await! Fairy tale lovers of all ages are invited to an evening of stories, crafts, games, and entertainment. Don your shiny suit of armor or sparkly ball gown, or dress like your favorite fairy tale character, and join us for an evening of fantasy and frivolity.

The Eleventh Annual Fairy Tale Ball is generously sponsored by Fred Schlipf and Diane Hillard.

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Blues in the Library

Saturday, March 10 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For children in elementary school • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Children in elementary school are invited to join the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society for a blues workshop, where you will learn about the roots of blues music and how to play a blues harmonica. There will be free harmonicas for every child who attends the workshop!

This program is presented thanks in part to a grant from the City of Urbana Arts Commission and is co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society.


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Music Programs

Prairie Breezes presents the Transit Brass Trio
Saturday, March 10 • 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.

For children and their families
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Come for an entertaining and exciting listening experience from the Transit Brass Trio!

Prairie Breezes family concerts are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Urbana Pops Orchestra Concert
March: Janice Philippus, horn
Sunday, March 11 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For all ages
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Join us for a free recital series at The Urbana Free Library! Each recital will feature performances by members of the Urbana Pops Orchestra, which includes professional and student musicians.

Sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and Urbana Pops Orchestra. For more information about Urbana Pops Orchestra, visit

UFLive! presents the Jim Pryor Trio
Sunday, March 18 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For all ages
Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Award-winning pianist Jim Pryor performs a vibrant mix of gospel and jazz music. He'll be joined by local favorites Crystal Rebone on bass and Mark McKnight on drums.

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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Young Artists Workshop Series: Perler Bead Art

Sunday, March 11 • 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
For children of ages 5 and up; 7 and under with a caregiver
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Area)

Join local artists to explore a variety of skills with guided support in a fun, interactive environment! Space is limited.

The Young Artists Workshop is a series of spring workshops sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Urbana Public Arts Program.



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It's 3.14 and Time for a Pi Day Celebration!

Wednesday, March 14 • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
For families • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Circle your wagons to join The Urbana Free Library and WILL-TV to celebrate International Pi Day with everything circles. Hands-on activities and edible pie tasting will all be a part of the fun!

This program is presented in collaboration with WILL-TV. Pies are compliments of Common Ground Food Co-operative and Pekara Bakery.

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Polymer: Book Release & Signing

Thursday, March 15 • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
For adults • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Local author Caleb Wilson will be reading and signing copies of his debut novella, Polymer, at this special event. The newly-released novella has been described by Jesse Bullington, author and reviewer, as "Purple Rain meets Castlevania. ... It's lovely, funny, and as unique as a rock opera collaboration between Calvino and the Purple One. This is what it sounds like when bats cry."

Caleb Wilson says that in addition to "weird fiction," he also writes "weird text-based computer games," such as Cannonfire Concerto, Lime Ergot, and The Northnorth Passage. When he's not writing, you'll find him working at The Urbana Free Library.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase ($10).

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Make and Take Spring Break

Monday, March 19 - Friday, March 23 • All Day

For children and their families • Children's Area (Ground Floor)

Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all-day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

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Read IN the Market with The Urbana Free Library

Saturday, March 10 • 8:00 a.m. - Noon
For 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, or learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves.

Upcoming date: April 14

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


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