This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 43, No. 10 October 2018

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C-U Folk & Roots Festival featuring
Sam Payne & Cody Jensen

Friday, October 19 • 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
For all ages Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)

The 10th annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival is here! The Library is kicking things off with a free, all ages performance by Sam Payne and Cody Jensen, two of Urbana’s busiest music makers. Together, they form a fun and energetic duo of old time, bluegrass, folk, and calypso! Great for the whole family.

The Library will remain open until 8:00 p.m. for this special C-U Folk & Roots Festival event.

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10th Annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival

Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20

The C-U 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, October 18 - 20, 2018.

All festival events scheduled at the Library are family friendly and FREE!

Friday, October 19

Sam Payne & Cody Jensen
6:30 p.m. • Busey-Mills Reading Room • First Floor

Local favorite musicians, Sam Payne and Cody Jensen will play a fun and energetic variety of old time, bluegrass, folk, and calypso music.

Saturday, October 20  • 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! 

Busey-Mills Reading Room • First Floor
11:00 a.m. • Chris Maden
12:15 p.m. • John Coppess
1:30 p.m. • The Coneflowers
2:45 p.m. • The Jensen Brothers
4:00 p.m. • Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra

Lewis Auditorium • Ground Floor
10:00 a.m. • Learn about the Mountain Dulcimer with Hilary Valentine
10:45 a.m. • Learn to Play the Ukulele with Martha Tyner
Noon • Storytelling with Dean Dempsey
12:30 p.m. • Storytelling with Linda Dust and Kim Sheahan
1:30 p.m. • Storytelling with Dan Keding
2:45 p.m. • Murder Ballad Narrative Strategies with Robbie Fulks
4:00 p.m. • Instrument Making with the Deep Fried Pickle Project

Satterthwaite Conference Room • Ground Floor
11:30 a.m. -  “The Roots of the Roots” with Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey from Archeophone Records
4:00 p.m. - Storytelling Workshop with Dan Keding

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, October 20 • 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, Champaign County, and Chanute Air Force Base. Come see all the diverse resources and history the county has to offer.

Raffle, books for sale, and more!

Featuring: the Champaign County Historical Archives, Champaign County Genealogical Society, Champaign County History Museum, Chanute Air Force Base, Museum of the Grand Prairie, and UIUC Student Life & Culture Archives.

Door prizes, books for sale, and more!

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Personal Statement: Premiere Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, October 11 • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For parents and high school students

The feature-length documentary film Personal Statement follows three seniors at Brooklyn high schools who are determined to get their entire classes accepted into college--even as they work to get accepted into college themselves.  A discussion will follow the film showing.

Dinner will be provided along with college and career resources.

Co-sponsored by Illinois Public Media/WILL TV, University of Illinois TRIO Programs, and The Urbana Free Library.

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Zombie Prom VII: Thriller on Elm Street

Friday, October 26 • 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
For teens • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

It's prom season at the Library. This one will be just like a regular prom, but everything will be zombified! We'll have punch, snacks, a costume contest, a photo booth, and music. Show up in zombie costume and we will help with your makeup. Start planning your costume now and get ready for some zombie fun!

  • This special, after-hours event starts before the Library closes. Participants must be in the Lewis Auditorium before 6:00 p.m. or enter using the Elm Street ramp after 6:00 p.m. (across from Busey Bank on the north side of the Library).
  • A photo ID is required for entrance (school ID is fine), or with special permission from the Teen Services librarians.
  • The UMS and UHS "good night rule" will be enforced.

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Artist of the Corridor Closing Reception for LOOMED BEADWORK by Judie Spencer

Thursday, October 25 • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
For families • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Join The Urbana Free Library & Urbana Public Arts Program for a closing reception for the Artist of the Corridor exhibition, LOOMED BEADWORK by Judie Spencer. LOOMED BEADWORK is a collection of beadweaving art exploring pattern, landscapes, and design. Local artist Judie Spencer will offer a brief artist’s talk, Q & A, and show and tell for the whole family, followed by a beading activity. Refreshments will be provided.

Artist of the Corridor is a dual-site exhibition series organized through the City of Urbana Public Arts Program and The Urbana Free Library.

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Urbana Pops Orchestra Concert

Sunday, October 14 • 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.

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 Samba Soul

Sunday, October 21 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For all ages • Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)

Samba Soul has solid roots in the classical Brazilian Samba with a sophisticated touch of Bossa Nova. The band features an impressive collection of musicians: Chip McNeil on saxophone, George Turner on guitar, Ricardo Flores on drums, Armand Beaudoin on bass, and the voice and charisma of the Brazilian vocalist, Vivian Felicio.

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

Weekly Programs - Babies Lap Time, Toddler Story Time, Preschool Story Time, and Chess + for Kids

Crafty Story Time
Saturday, October 6 • 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Furry Friends Overnight
Friday, October 12 • 5:15 -  5:45 p.m.
Saturday, October 13 • 9:30 -  10:30 a.m.

Babies' Lap Time
Saturday, October 13 • 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Baby and Me Yoga Series
Saturday, October 13 • 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Month
Saturday, October 13 • 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Write On! Story Club (registration required)
Friday, October 19 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

European Story Time: Poland
Saturday, October 20 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Young Artists Workshops: Zentangle for Kids!
Sunday, October 21 • 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program (registration required)
Monday, October 22 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room - First Floor)

Celebrate Fall with Wee Love Music
Wednesday, October 24 • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Fall Family Fun
Friday, October 26 • 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

National Chemistry Week Celebration! Space-Themed Chemical Demonstrations
Saturday, October 27 • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SCRATCH Programming
Saturday, October 27 • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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An Evening with Lauren Spieller

Monday, October 29 • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
For teens • Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)

Meet author Lauren Spieller, whose debut novel, Your Destination is on the Left, came out earlier this year.

Her book is a fun, yet nuanced look at one teen girl's struggles to find her place and make difficult choices so that she can claim the life she wants. Dessa's family travels constantly and lives in their RV. Tired of that life, Dessa wants to pursue a career in art; but after not getting into any art schools and fearing her family will feel betrayed by her desire to settle down, she's not sure what to do anymore.

A book signing will follow her talk. Copies of her book will be available to purchase.

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3D Printing Class

""Saturday, October 27 • 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, October 27 • 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, 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.

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

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