This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 42, No. 5 May 2017

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2017 Summer Reading Programs for All Ages
May 15 – August 31


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 by Design!

For Children

  • For children birth through those entering grade 6 – both readers and listeners.
  • Each time you read at least 15 minutes, mark your reading log.
  • Bring your completed log to the Library to receive a free book plus coupons for local businesses.
  • For each additional log you complete, you will receive another free book!
  • Parents and caregivers who read to a child registered in the program receive a free book.

For Teens

  • For teens who have completed grades 6 through 12.
  • Select books of your choice and keep track of the number of pages read.
  • Every time you read 1,000 pages, come to the Library to pick out a free book from our selection of new books.
  • Reading also enters you in a weekly raffle to win a complete book series.

For Adults

  • For adults who love to read. Why let kids have all the fun?
  • Read books of your choice and record your reading progress.
  • After you read 4 books, stop by the Library to select a free book from our selection of popular books.
  • Keep reading!  For each additional four books you complete, you will receive another free book!

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

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Putting the “Kick” in Our Summer Reading Kick-Off Party with
Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande

Saturday, May 20 •  3:00 - 4:30 p.m. • Cherry Alley* • For families

Read by Design when you join us for the 2017 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off with an outdoor party for everyone!

""Enjoy live music and a demonstration from the folks at Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, and music. Don't miss sidewalk chalk, games, ice cream, and lemonade. And before you leave, sign-up for one of our free summer reading clubs to make the fun last all summer long!

*If it rains, the event will move to the Lewis Auditorium.

This event is generously sponsored by Larry and Margaret Jobe in honor of grandsons Arlin and Berk Orr.

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

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One Hundred Years Chanute Air Force Base, 1917 - 1993

''This year the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois celebrates its 100th anniversary. The base was established May 1917, following the United States’ entry into WWI and trained over 2 million servicemen and women during its 76 years of operation. In 2016, the Champaign County Historical Archives acquired the archival records from the Chanute Air Museum when it closed in Fall 2015, including photographs, scrapbooks, blueprints, base publications, and subject and history files. The Archives is celebrating Chanute’s impressive history with a variety of events during May.

  • We will be hosting an exhibit throughout the month of May on the history of Chanute Air Force Base and its relationship with the town of Rantoul.
  • Come hear Mark Hanson, former curator of the Chanute Air Museum, a panel of speakers from the community, and view ephemera supplied by the University of Illinois to learn more about the historical significance of Rantoul’s former air base. Wednesday, May 31 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at The Urbana Free Library.
  • Lastly, we want to hear from you! Do you have a story about Chanute Air Force Base? If you have an interest in sharing your story please fill out this form.

Stay-up-to-date while our staff works busily to make this collection available to the public by following our Local History & Genealogy blog.

The Library would like to thank the Friends of The Urbana Free Library and The Urbana Free Library Foundation for their generous support of the collection’s move to the Archives and for funding the Chanute Collection’s Graduate Intern.

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May is Preservation Month
Celebrate with #ThisPlaceMatters

This year’s theme from the National Trust for Historic Preservation is This Place Matters. During the month of May, The Urbana Free Library has teamed up with the Urbana Historic Preservation Commission and the Preservation and Conservation Association, to offer a lecture, a walking tour, and a workshop, to shine the spotlight on some of the incredible places in our city.

Preservation Month Lecture: Early 20th Century Houses - Influence and Style
Wednesday, May 17 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Preservation Month Walking Tour: Urbana's Early 20th Century Houses
Saturday, May 20 • 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. • Meet at the Market at the Square at the City of Urbana “booth” (No rain date)

Preservation Month Workshop: How to Research your Old House
Wednesday, May 24 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. • Jean Evans Archives Room (Second Floor)

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Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library


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, 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 Read at the Market dates are May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23, and October 26.

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

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Comic Book Fun @ the Library

First Friday Event: Comic Books!

Friday, May 5 • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor) • For all ages

""Celebrate all things comic at this Imbibe Urbana First Friday event! Come read your favorite comic to yourself or your children. We'll also have coloring pages for those who want to color or draw their favorite superhero!

The first 25 people to stop by get a free comic in preparation for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday! We'll have more activities then!

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


Free Comic Book Day Superhero Academy

Saturday, May 6 • 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For families

To celebrate Free Comic Book Day come sharpen your superhero skills. Save the city, lift weights with ease, and pick your own free comic! Come in costume to enter the costume contest!

For more comics and the chance to win a prize, don't forget to visit G-Mart and the Champaign Public Library. Visit all three locations and get your passport stamped to win! #fcbd17cu

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Storytime at Prairie Fruit Farms

Saturday, May 6 • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Prairie Fruit Farms • For children ages 3 - 6 and their families

""We are going to be doing a storytime about goats and farm animals at Prairie Fruit Farms. We'll also see a real baby goat! This is a working farm with dairy goats, chickens, and farmland.

The route from Urbana is currently closed while they expand Olympia Drive, but if you take Cunningham (RT 45) north towards Rantoul and turn left on Ford Harris Road, you can follow the signs. More directions are listed here This is a great chance to hear a storytime at an Urbana farm!

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Mother's Day Cafe Concert with Almost "A" Quintet

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

""Almost “A” features some of the most talented and in-demand performers in the area: Dorothy Martirano (violin), Armand Beaudoin (bass), George Turner (guitar), Sam Gingher (piano & melodica), and Ricardo Flores (percussion). The musicians have strong and diverse backgrounds in classical, contemporary art music, jazz, and Latin jazz with folk, gypsy, gypsy jazz, tango, and klezmer.

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Town & Gown Speaker Series:
100th Anniversary of Chanute Air Force Base

Wednesday, May 31 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For adults

""Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Chanute Air Force Base (1917-1993). Come hear Mark Hanson, former curator of the Chanute Air Museum, a panel of speakers from the community, and view ephemera supplied by the University to learn more about the historical significance of Rantoul’s former air force base.

The Town & Gown Speaker Series is sponsored by the Student Life and Culture Archives at the University of Illinois and the Champaign County Historical Archives.


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Library Staff at the Urbana Lunchtime Food Truck Rally


Library Staff will be DJing at the event and highlighting the Library’s vinyl record collection. Gourmet food trucks from around the Urbana-Champaign area will converge on the Urbana Civic Center located at 108 East Water Street on the last Tuesday of each month from April through October. This series of events, brought to you by the City of Urbana Community Development Department, will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Vinyl is making a comeback. You can find new and classic titles on brand new quality vinyl records at the Library. The collection is divided by genres, including Classical, Blues, Country / Folk / Bluegrass, Hip Hop, Holiday, International, Jazz, Movies & Shows, New Age, Reggae, Religious, Rock & Pop, and Soul / R&B.

Don't have a record player? No problem — the Library has turntables to check out as well!

Check out the growing collection HERE!

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