This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 42, No. 10 October 2017

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The Lady Professor:
Reading and Book Signing with Bob Switzer

Sunday, October 1 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium • Ground Floor

Local author Bob Switzer will read from and sign his newly-released novel The Lady Professor. The novel portrays Emma Hansen, a poor farm girl born in 1900, who has exceptional scholastic ability and a deep fascination with the natural world. She fights her way through poverty, her family’s indifference, and prejudices against women to pursue a life in science. The Lady Professor is a novel about the human side of real science, set in a time of transition for American women.

Robert L. Switzer is Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to extensive scientific research and writing, he is also the author of the memoir A Family Farm: Life on an Illinois Dairy Farm.

Copies of The Lady Professor will be available for purchase.

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Star WarsTM Reads Day

Saturday, October 7 • All DayFor All Ages

Celebrate all things Star WarsTM all day. We’ll have a scavenger hunt, speech bubble photos, prize drawings, paper folding, table activities, and themed food and drinks from our Café Cantina. Come in costume or complete one of many activities to choose from our prize box. Complete the scavenger hunt to enter a drawing for Star WarsTM-themed gifts.

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When the Emperor Was Divine:
A Community Read Book Discussion

Wednesday, October 11 • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium • Ground Floor

Join a discussion of When the Emperor Was Divine, a novel that vividly portrays the experiences of a Japanese-American family sent to an internment camp in the Utah desert during World War II. This powerful story is based on the actual experiences of author Julie Otsuka’s family.

Also to be the featured book discussion at the October 22 UFL Reads!

This program is a part of The Community Read, sponsored by the YWCA of the University of Illinois.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Saturday, October 14 • 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
For families Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Los esperamos para celebrar la herencia cultural de América Latina, a través de su música tradicional, artesanías, lectura bilingüe de libros!

Join us to celebrate Latin American culture through wonderful traditional music, crafts, and bilingual storytelling!

This program organized by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Illinois. Co-sponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina and The Urbana Free Library.

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Music at the Library

Prairie Breezes presents Music of the West African Kora (Harp)
Monday, October 2 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

An Introduction to Experimental Free Music Improvisation with the Wu-Morse Duo
Friday, October 6 • 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Prairie Breezes presents the Wu-Morse Duo & Friends
Saturday, October 7 • 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Urbana Pops Orchestra Concert
Sunday, October 8 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Midwest Mandeng: West African Master Drummers & Dancers
Friday, October 13 • 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

UFLive! presents Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi
Sunday, October 15 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Wee Love Music: Celebrate Fall
Wednesday, October 18 • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 19 • 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Thursday, October 19 • 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.

CU Jazz Festival presents the Kevin Hart / Donnie Heitler Quartet
Sunday, October 22 • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Music Writing Workshops--All Score Urbana
Saturday, October 28 • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

For dates, times, and full descriptions of these and other programs, visit the Library calendar page.

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Zombie Prom VI: Thriller on Elm Street

Friday, October 27 • 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 a DJ. 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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Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library

Saturday, October 28 • 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 and learn about programs, services, and what is new and exciting at the Library.

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! 
The Community Read--When the Emperor Was Divine

Sunday, October 22 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For adults • 
Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)

Share in The Community Read, a program sponsored by The YWCA of the University of Illinois.

When the Emperor Was Divine
by Julie Otsuka

This novel vividly portrays the struggles of a Japanese-American family sent to an internment camp in the Utah desert during World War II. The powerful story is based on the actual experiences of author Julie Otsuka's family.

UFL Reads! goes on hiatus after this discussion. Stay in touch for future Urbana Free Library book club news!

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Library Staff at the Urbana Lunchtime Food Truck Rally

Tuesday, October 31 • 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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