This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 42, No. 7 July 2017

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Urbana Free Library Pop-Up Library @ First Fridays

Friday, July 7 • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The UFL is popping up where you least expect it.

We're teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to create Everybody's Living Room, an outdoor spot where we'll have cozy couches and chairs (thanks, Habitat for Humanity!) and lots of great Library stuff (including comics/graphic novels, board games, popular books, and more).

Stop by and get a library card, check something out, or just relax and socialize.

You also can come inside the Library -- we'll be open for First Fridays until 8:00 p.m.

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Summer Sky Events

In anticipation of the solar eclipse on August 21, we're exploring the skies.

Solar System 101 with Cosmologist Joaquin Vieira
Monday, July 17 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m
For adults and young people age 10 and up
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Cosmologist Joaquin Vieira takes us on a tour of our solar system. Explore the planets, moons, and our sun, and learn some surprising facts about how our solar system works.

Eclipse 101 with Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake
Tuesday, August 1 • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

All ages • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Learn what causes solar eclipses, why they are so rare, and how you can safely view this amazing event.

Art Lessons for Children: Create a Pinhole Camera
Sunday, August 13 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

For children of all ages • Children's Services (Ground Floor)
Join us for a special project -- build your own pinhole camera that can be used to safely view the eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Party for Children
Monday, August 21 • 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

For children with a caregiver • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Celebrate the solar eclipse with stories, songs, and a craft!

For more information, please contact Rachel Fuller at or 217-367-4405. 

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

Register from Home or in 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 by Design!

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

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Reading by Design Children's Programs


Bow-Dacious String Band Lunchtime Concert
Friday, July 7 • Noon - 1:00 p.m.

For music lovers of all ages • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Stop in for a fun, musical experience with the talented young musicians from the local area featured in the Bow-Dacious String Band. Bring your lunch!

"I" is for "Invention"
Wednesday, July 12 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For children age 4 and up • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Join Sandy Osborne from the Museum of the Grand Prairie to explore inventions and creations of the past and design your own creation for the future.

Slither and Crawl: Snakes and Turtles
Thursday, July 13 • 11:00 a.m. - Noon

For children age 3 and up with a caregiver • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Hiss! Come learn about snakes and turtles (and touch them) when the Anita Purves Nature Center comes for a visit.

Cute Monster Felties
Thursday, July 20 • 11:00 a.m. - Noon

For children with a caregiver • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Come sew your very own Cute (or not-so-cute) Monster Feltie!

Wild Animal Designs
Thursday, July 27 • 11:00 a.m. -  Noon

For children age 3 and up with a caregiver • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Learn about how plants and animals utilize camouflage with Chelsey Walsh from the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.

Harry Potter's Birthday Celebration
Monday, July 31 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

For children with a caregiver • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Come help us celebrate Harry Potter's birthday! Come in costume, if you like, and join us for wizarding fun and games.

For dates, times, and full descriptions of these and other programs, visit the children's program calendar page.

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The Friends of The Urbana Free Library Summer Book Sale

August 24 - 28 • 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 24 (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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Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library

Saturday, July 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.

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.  This season's Read at the Market dates are August 26, September 23, and October 28.

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

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English Conversation Group

Wednesday, July 5, 12, 19, 26 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium • Ground Floor

Would you like to practice your English skills this summer?  Come meet new people and enjoy friendly, interesting conversations.

This group is free, and no advance registration required.

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UFL Reads! Moderator's Choice: Old Man's War

Sunday, July 23 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For Adults • MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)

Enjoy an award-winning, rousing tale of military science fiction chosen especially for UFL Reads! by moderator/librarian Mary Wilkes Towner.

Old Man's War
by John Scalzi

Follow the journeys of 75-year-old John Perry, recruited to protect colonists settling on distant planets. Genetically engineered to aid in his new career, he keeps his memories but gains a new, younger body.

UFL Reads!, our book club for adults, meets the fourth Sunday of most months.

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Library Staff at the Urbana Lunchtime Food Truck Rally

Tuesday, July 25 • 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Urbana Civic Center • 108 East Water Street

Gourmet food trucks from around the Urbana-Champaign area 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, takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. Library staff will be DJing at the event and highlighting the Library’s vinyl record collection.  Check out the growing collection HERE!

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Comic Con 17: Celebrating Comics and Fandom Since 2016

Saturday, August 5 • 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dress up in your favorite cosplay and prepare for a day full of all the pop culture and geeky things you love.  We embrace all fandoms: from dungeon-crawling D&Ders to Death Note-loving otakus, from gamers who just want one more hour of Minecraft™ or Super Smash Bros.™ to hardcore Supernatural fans who make memes for every situation.  Events for all ages and fandoms.

Comic Con is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek, in memory of Greg Bliss, and by Illini Media. 

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