This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 43, No. 8 August 2018

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A First Fridays Event: Clothespin Puppets

Friday, August 3 • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
 Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Clothespin Puppets is an unusual organization dedicated to promoting the arts, along with art education and literature, all via storytelling brought to life with puppets. They offer one-of-a-kind shows that are custom adaptations of popular children’s literature, providing an entertaining and educational enrichment program every time they perform.

Come to this fun puppet show that will highlight a picture book and includes meeting a large marionette puppet. You can also make your own puppet to take home!

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

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Shredding Event with Senator Scott Bennett

Saturday, August 4 • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.*
City of Urbana Parking Lot 21

Consumer fraud and identity theft are becoming an epidemic in our communities. To raise awareness and to promote prevention, The Urbana Free Library and State Senator Scott Bennett are offering a paper shredding event for Urbana-Champaign residents. Shred your outdated documents, such as bank statements or pay stubs. 

Have you stockpiled old batteries or empty ink-jet cartridges? You can bring these and the other items listed below for our Mini Recycling Fair, going on at the same time as the shredding.


City of Urbana Parking Lot 21 - Northeast corner of Vine and Green, north of the City Building and across the street from the Market at the Square.
Check the Library’s e-calendar for a link to a detailed map.

Shredding Limit

Two boxes per person - Residential shredding only (not for businesses).
Please plan to take empty boxes home with you. 

Mini Recycling Fair

Recycle your used:

  • Ink-jet printer cartridges
  • Single use batteries--regular, lithium, or rechargeable
  • Cell phones
  • Eyeglasses
  • Metal keys

Presented by Senator Scott Bennett and The Urbana Free Library.

For more information, please call 217-355-5252 or visit

The Urbana Free Library and Senator Bennett thank our partners AT&T and the City of Urbana Public Works.

* The shredding event will end at 1:00 p.m. or earlier if the shredding truck reaches capacity.

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Teen Workshop

Saturday, August 4 • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
For teens • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Join Urbana City Council Member Aaron Ammons, Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM/FM/TV) Director of Engagement and Educational Outreach Kimberlie Kranich, Independent Media journalist Brian Dolinar, and California State University Assistant Professor Dr. Aimee Rickman to share your thoughts about issues faced by youth in today’s America, and to discuss the power of art, storytelling, civic engagement, community, and collective action.

Pizza and snacks will be served. Space is limited. Please arrive on time to take part.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library, Dixon Graphics, Elliott Counseling Group, Rumours Hat Shoppe, Vonderheide Construction, and Common Ground Food Co-op. Organized by Localization Allies.


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The Friends of The Urbana Free Library Summer Book Sale

August 23 - 27 • 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)

You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season, the Friends of The Urbana Free Library Summer Book Sale. Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening, August 23 (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night).

Not a member of the Friends of The Urbana Free Library? Join the Friends Online or Print a PDF Brochure.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in the spring, summer, and fall. But if you’re an avid book lover, you also can browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

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Reading Takes You Everywhere!
2018 Summer Reading Program for All Ages

For all ages • May 21 - August 31

Register online or at the Library


This summer, make time to read the books you love and win prizes just for reading! Read books of your choice (including eBooks and audiobooks) and attend fun programs. Get ready for Reading Takes You Everywhere!

The Summer Reading Program is generously supported by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library.


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UFLive! presents The Jaybirds

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

 The Jaybirds perform jazz and blues standards with a dash of pop, played with heart and soul. The band features Amy Hassinger (vocals), Josh Houchin (bass/vocals), Young Kim (guitar) and Steve Meadows (drums/vocals).

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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Children's Summer Programs at The Urbana Free Library

Babies' Lap Time
Saturday, August 4 • 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Make It Mondays
Monday, August 6 and 13 • All Day

Singin' Around the Campfire
Tuesday, August 7 • 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Robot Ruckus!
Friday, August 10 • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

4-H Hopstars! Rabbit Agility Show
Saturday, August 11 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Baby and Me Yoga Series
Sunday, August 12 • 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Not Your Ordinary Chalk Art!
Wednesday, August 15 • 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

Ice Cream and Book Tasting
Saturday, August 18 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Young Artists Workshops: Stained Glass Kites
Sunday, August 19 • 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Wee Love Music
Wednesday, August 22 • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Bubble Blast!
Saturday, August 25 • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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Closing Reception for "Scenes of Downtown"
with Artist Chris Evans

Thursday, August 30 • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
For all ages • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Enjoy conversation, food, and music at this closing reception for "Scenes of Downtown," the current dual-site exhibition of the Urbana Public Arts program. "Scenes of Downtown" is a collection of Christopher Evans' illustrated works exploring Downtown Urbana and its people in a wide variety of settings--from cafes to public parks, music venues to markets.

Christopher Evans is a local illustrator, curator, muralist, and sculptor whose work includes landscapes, portraiture, and architecture. An Urbana resident who studied art at Parkland College and the University of Illinois, Chris' art is displayed in many downtown Urbana locations. Chris serves on the Independent Media Center's Board of Directors and occasionally writes for the online magazine Smile Politely.

Artist of the Corridor is a dual-site exhibition with artworks displayed at the City of Urbana and The Urbana Free Library sponsored by the Urbana Public Arts Program.

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Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library

Saturday, August 25 • 8:00 a.m. - Noon

""Read at the Market is back! On the fourth Saturday of each month (May through October) from 8:00 a.m. to noon, Library staff will appear at Urbana's Market at the Square--the #1 Must-See Farmer's Market in Illinois!

At Read at the Market, you can enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, sign up for the Summer Reading Program, and learn about programs, services, and what is new and exciting at the Library. You also can browse through a selection of books (and check one out) and pick up a free Read at the Market balloon. This summer, we'll see you at the Library AND the Market at the Square.

This season's other Read at the Market dates are September 22 and October 27.

Read at the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Market at the Square.

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