This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 43, No. 9 September 2018

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September Is National Library Card Sign-up Month

The Urbana Free Library is joining with the American Library Association to raise awareness of the value of public libraries and the many things you can do with a library card.

Today’s public libraries go beyond books. The Urbana Free Library has video games, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks, and board games. The Library provides access to electronic resources such as for professional development, Mango Languages for those interested in learning a new language, and Hoopla for entertainment for all ages (over 500,000 items available on Hoopla alone). You will also find the unexpected—sewing machines, guitars, telescopes, LCD projectors, 3D science models, and more!

If you don’t have a library card, sign up for one! If you have a library card, help spread the word about the great resources available at The Urbana Free Library. The Urbana Free Library is located in the heart of downtown Urbana and is open seven days a week. You also can find Library staff at community events, such as the Market at the Square and the Urbana Food Truck Rally.

Library staff would love to visit your group, organization, or business too. Email the Adult & Youth Services Department or call 367-4405 and we’ll be happy to arrange for a visit. We look forward to sharing the great things the Library has to offer.  

Success starts at The Urbana Free Library—in person and online—and we hope to see you soon!

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First Fridays: Drag Queen Story Hour

Friday, September 7 • 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
 Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Drag Queen Story Hour returns! This fun and fabulous all-ages event features local drag queens reading children’s stories and doing crafts. Expect sparkles, glamorous dress-up, and a friendly atmosphere.

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) was developed by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions. Many libraries host DQSR events as a way of celebrating diversity, building empathy, and helping to curb bullying of LGBTQ kids.

This event is co-sponsored by the UP Center of Champaign County.

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

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Elizabeth Acevedo: Pygmalion

""Wednesday, September 26 • 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • All Ages

Elizabeth Acevedo, poet, National Slam Champion, and bestselling author of The Poet X, opens Pygmalion 2018 with a poetry reading and book signing.

Books are available for sale now at the Library, and will be on sale the night of the reading.

Elizabeth Acevedo's visit is generously sponsored by The Urbana Free Library Foundation.

For the full schedule of Pygmalion events see: http://thisispygmalion.comschedule/


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Bucket List Basics: Finish Your Novel!

Tuesdays, September 4, 11, 18, and 25 • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)

This is an Urbana Park District “age-friendly” program and
is open to those age 50 and older

Have you dreamed of writing a novel or autobiography? Maybe you've started one but just can't seem to find the right time or environment to finish it. Well, you're in luck! Come by the Urbana Park District's open writer's forum and connect with others just as passionate about sharing their story as you are.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Urbana Park District.

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Banned Books Week 2018

 September 23 - 29 • All Day

In celebration of Banned Books Week, complete a coloring sheet that encourages everyone to "Speak Out for Banned Books." Coloring sheets will be available all week at the first-floor Service Desk and in the Children's Area (Ground Floor).

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CTRL-Z Robotics at Teen Open Lab

Monday, September 10 • 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
For teens • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Teen Open Lab is having a special robotics presentation by CTRL-Z, the teen STEM group and robotics team. Come see their six-foot robot and learn about the concepts the team used to build it!

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Urbana Pops Orchestra Concert

Sunday, September 9 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For all ages • Busey-Mills Reading Room (First 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.

This month will feature A Sax Quartet with Daniel F. Southerland (Soprano/Alto Sax I); Shireen Hassan (Alto II Sax); Nick Tipsword (Tenor Sax); and John Gorecki (Baritone Sax).

Selections will include everything from Michael Jackson and Fountains of Wayne to Sibelius, Bach, and Handel.

Sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Urbana Pops Orchestra

For more information about the Urbana Pops Orchestra go to

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UFLive! presents the TMB+ Trio

Sunday, September 16 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For all ages • Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)

""Come enjoy the music of this talented veteran trio: Tom Brewer (vocals), Matt Stewart (guitar), and Bob Watson (guitar). Their music began in the middle ground between Ray Charles Sings Country & Western and Willie Nelson's Stardust, and includes some classic R&B and New Orleans standards. Copies of Tom's newly released CD HOLY MOLY will be available for purchase..

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 Programs at The Urbana Free Library

Spanish Story Time
Saturday, September 8 • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Wee Love Music
Wednesday, September 12 • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Super Fun Physics with the U of I Physics Van
Saturday, September 15 • 11:00 a.m. - Noon

World Crafts & Food Fair
Sunday, September 16 • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Write On! Story Club
(registration required)
Friday, September 21 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Babies' Lap Time
Saturday, September 22 • 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Baby and Me Yoga Series
Saturday, September 22 • 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

SCRATCH Programming
Saturday, September 22 • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Crafty Story Time
Saturday, September 29 • 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Young Artists Workshops: Puppeteering
Sunday, September 30 • 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

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The 5th Annual Immigrant Welcome Awards Ceremony and Celebration

Saturday, September 22 • 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
For all ages • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Come celebrate the diversity of cultures that make up our community with an afternoon of food, music, art projects with children, and special guests. This event is free and open to the public. The Immigrant Welcome Awards Ceremony recognizes the contributions of individuals and organizations that have created a welcoming atmosphere for immigrants in the Champaign-Urbana community.

Sponsored by CU Immigration Forum
Co-sponsored by C-U FAIR, The Urbana Free Library, University YMCA New American Welcome Center, the Channing Murray Foundation, the City of Champaign, and the City of Urbana.

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3D Printing Class

""Saturday, September 29 • 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Curious about 3D printing? Come to the library for this introductory-level class and hands-on session to learn more! We'll discuss how 3D printing works and walk through creating a simple design. No experience necessary.


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Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library

Saturday, September 22 • 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.

Upcoming Read at the Market date is 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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