This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 42, No. 9 September 2017

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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 CDs and vinyl records, video games, DVDs, audiobooks, and eBooks, and board games. You will also find the unexpected, such as a 3D science collection, a music equipment collection, hands-on kits to explore STEM-related concepts, and new craft and productivity collections.  

If you don’t have a library card, sign up for one! If you have a library card, help spread the word about the many things you can do with your card in person and online.

The Urbana Free Library is located in the heart of downtown Urbana and is open seven days per week. You also can find Library staff when they visit different locations in the community for on-site library card sign-up, such as the Market at the Square and the Urbana Food Truck Rally.

The Library would love to visit your group, organization, or business. Email the Adult & Youth Services Department or call 217-367-4405, 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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Coming Soon: 3D Printing!

Later this month, the Library will begin offering its 3D Printing Service. This new service will allow you to submit an electronic file of an item you want to have created -- you can find an already-designed item online or create your own -- and Library staff will print your 3D object for you. Popular items include jewelry, toys, electronics accessories, and houseware items. A nominal fee based on weight will be charged, and multiple color options will be available.

Keep an eye on the Library’s website and social media for upcoming information about pricing and start date!

Additionally, this month the Library will begin 3D printing classes for those who would enjoy learning how to use the technology. Classes are free, but online registration is required.

Sundays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
September 24, Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
October 29, Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)
November 26, Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

  • Registration required. To register, visit the Library’s online calendar and click on one of the three class dates listed above.
  • Limited to 15 participants.

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First Fridays with The Urbana Free Library

Friday, September 1 • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Stop by and say "hello" to The Urbana Free Library staff at First Fridays in downtown Urbana. The Library will offer books and activities for all ages, as well as, a preview of the Library's 3D printing service! 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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SCRATCH Programming

Saturday, September 2 • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Recommended for elementary school students

Learn beginner computer programming with SCRATCH, a programming language that is used to create animation, games, etc.

Also available on Saturday, October 21 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Presented by Busey Bank.

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Music at the Library

Prairie Breezes presents Willie Was Different
Friday, September 9 • 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
For children and their families • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Enjoy a musical tale composed by Seymour Barab based on Norman Rockwell's story Willie Was Different. Prairie Breezes family concerts are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Urbana Pops Orchestra Concert
Sunday, September 10 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For all ages • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
September: Wind Quintet
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. For more information about Urbana Pops Orchestra, visit Sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and Urbana Pops Orchestra.

UFLive! presents Big Bluestem
Sunday, September 17 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For all ages • Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Big Bluestem has delighted local and regional audiences for many years with an array of musical styles, including bluegrass breakdowns, country ballads, Cajun laments, folk songs, cowboy blues, and hot fiddle reels. 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.

Music Writing Workshop -- All Score Urbana
Saturday, September 30 • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Children, teens, and adults welcome • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Learn to write music and listen to live performances. All Score Urbana is an action learning-based initiative that increases access to music composition resources for the Urbana community.

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

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Free Tech Help

September 8 through November 17

Seeking help using a computer, tablet, phone, or similar device? Connect with a volunteer helper for FREE! Open to anyone age 50 and over, and to those under age 50 as time permits. Times and locations are listed below.

Douglass Branch Library
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - Noon 
504 East Grove Street, Champaign

Douglass Annex
Fridays, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
804 North 5th Street, Champaign

Phillips Recreation Center 
Tuesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
September 12, October 10, November 14  
505 West Stoughton Street, Urbana

The Urbana Free Library
Fridays, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
210 West Green Street, Urbana

Clark-Lindsey Village (residents only)
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
101 West Windsor Road, Urbana

Occasionally, Free Tech Help could be canceled due to conflicts.
For more info, please contact the specific location or call 217-367-4057. 

Helpers are from the University of Illinois iSchool and the Illinois Informatics Institute.

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Children's Story Time Programs

Spanish Story Time
Saturday, September 9 • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
For children and their families • Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Come with your children to listen to a book’s storytelling in English and Spanish, enjoy traditional songs, and make a craft! Vengan con sus niños a escuchar la narración del libro en inglés y español, disfrutar canciones tradicionales, y hacer una manualidad!
This program is presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois. Presentado por el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CLACS), Universidad de Illinois.

Healthy Foods Story Time
Saturday, September 16 • 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
For children and their caregivers • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Join us for a food-filled story time, including making a fun, healthy snack to enjoy.

Slavic Story Time
Saturday, September 16 • 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
For families • Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Come and explore Slavic tradition with stories, songs, and a craft. This program is presented by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the UIUC.

Peppa Pig Story Time
Friday, September 22 • 11:00 a.m. - Noon
For children and their families • Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Are you a Peppa Pig fan?! If so, come to this everything-Peppa-Pig story time! We will have stories, crafts, and even a snack modeled on our favorite pig!

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

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Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library

Saturday, September 23 • 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Read at the Market is 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. The upcoming Read at the Market date is 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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UFL Reads! Moderator's Choice: Cocaine Blues

Sunday, September 24 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For Adults • MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)

Enjoy a book chosen especially for UFL Reads! by moderator/librarian Mary Wilkes Towner.

Cocaine Blues
by Kerry Greenwood

Meet the Honorable Phryne Fisher. In her first adventure, she leaves the high society of 1920s London and heads to Australia. What’s next for a bored socialite? Become a lady detective!

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, September 26 • 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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Coming in November...On Dreams and Werewolves with Author Maggie Stiefvater

Wednesday, November 15
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • For all ages

Maggie Stiefvater, New York Times best-selling young adult author, will be visiting the Library to talk about her new book, All the Crooked Saints, and her hit series The Wolves of Mercy Falls and The Raven Cycle.

Her books range from werewolf love stories to legends about Cornish kings, but always at the heart are impossible dreams and the lengths we'll go to follow them.

Maggie Stiefvater has held many jobs, from portrait artist to wedding musician. Now she makes her living as an author, but she also draws and composes her own music. She even plays bagpipes.

A Q&A session and a book signing will follow her talk. Copies of her books will be available for purchase.

Enter to win a free copy of All the Crooked Saints, a front-row seat at the talk, and a spot at the front of the signing line.

There are three ways to enter:

  1. Tweet us your favorite character from one of Maggie's books with the hashtag #TUFLMaggie.
  2. Click "Going" on the official Facebook event page.
  3. Fill out and submit an entry form at the Library.

The contest begins Saturday, September 23, and ends on Wednesday, November 1. Winners will be contacted by Friday, November 3.

Paid for in part by the City of Urbana Arts Grant and with the support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation.

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