This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 39, No. 1 January 2014 | Archived Newsletters | Calendar of Library Events

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Happy New Year!

2013 was a year filled with surprising challenges for The Urbana Free Library. Throughout it all, we continue to be blessed with community support in the form of generous donations, encouraging words, and exciting new community collaborations. We wish to thank you—the Foundation, the Friends, the Library Board, the City of Urbana, the library staff, and the community for your dedication to The Urbana Free Library.

With every New Year come new opportunities and the hope for new successes. In 2014 the library will introduce self-check—a new way to check out library materials and manage your library account. Thanks to the teen librarians and our friends at the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, our very successful Teen Open Lab will continue to jump with communal activity. Library staff are planning new activities to promote the library collection, including radio and television spots. And finally, this year the library will welcome a new Executive Director. We look forward to a bright future with new leadership and ideas

The library wishes everyone in the community the best of the New Year!

UFL Reads! Tales of Girls

Sunday, January 26 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room

Unique young women are featured in this blend of old classics and new tales when UFL Reads! Tales of Girls.

Our selection in January is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Spunky ten-year-old Mary, orphaned in India, is sent to live with her uncle in the depths of the Yorkshire moor. She discovers an invalid cousin and a mysterious locked garden.

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

Prairie Breezes Presents Mr. Stephens

Friday, January 10 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Join Mr. Stephens for crazy fun kids music for fun crazy kids! Learn fun songs about the alphabet, counting to 20 while howling like a dog, and have some fun stomping our chicken feet. Recordings will be available for sale after the concert.

For children and their families.

Prairie Breezes concerts are for children and their families and take place on the second Friday of most months. The series is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Pops at the Library!

Sunday, January 12 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Join us for one or all of five free recitals featuring Urbana Pops Orchestra professional and student musicians. At today's recital, you can enjoy Nathaniel Geiger on trombone.

The Urbana Pops Orchestra is a collection of central Illinois musicians working to bring high-quality orchestral music to Urbana and its surrounding communities while providing an opportunity for students to play with the finest professionals.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Urbana Pops Orchestra.

Starting in January 2014
This Month at The Urbana Free Library Goes Digital

Over the past year, it has become apparent that the library’s monthly, paper newsletter has become less popular and our website newsletter has become more popular. As such, we’ve decided to go paperless! Here’s more information about the switch and how you can continue to stay informed about library programs, events, services, and resources:

  • Beginning in January, the Web version of the library newsletter will be posted on the website around the 25th of each month.
  • The popular paper calendar of children’s programs will still be printed monthly and will also be available online.
  • Still to be determined—we’re in discussion with the Friends and the Foundation about a quarterly newsletter that will outline news and events specific to their activities and fund-raising initiatives.

Get Notified by Email When the Current Newsletter Is Available on Our Website

  1. Go to, the home page of the library’s website.
  2. Under Calendar of Events,” select Full calendar.
  3. At the top of the page, select the prompt to To sign-up for E-notification of Events.
  4. Enter your email address and select Continue.
  5. Enter your first and last name and use the pull-down Event Type menu to select events you would like to stay informed about. You can select as many or as few as you prefer.
  6. Select Save and you’re done!


Mango Languages Database

The library is pleased to introduce Mango Languages, the new-to-us language learning database now available to all cardholders of The Urbana Free Library.

Mango Languages includes more than 40 foreign language courses and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. The Mango Complete teaches you about a language and its culture. Mango Basics teaches you every day phrases, such as “hello” and “goodbye” in the language of your choice. The database also has a translation feature and a new feature that offers language learning using feature films.

To find Mango Languages at, you can go to the eResources on the navigation menu and select Research*. Scroll through the list of databases and to find Mango Languages and log in using your 14-digit barcode number from The Urbana Free Library.

Mango Languages is designed to be an interactive and fun way to increase your language skills. We encourage you to log in and get learning!

* Urbana Free Library cardholders have unlimited, 24/7 access from anywhere.  Just enter your 14-digit library barcode (no spaces) at the prompt on the database portal.    Don't have an Urbana library card?  Everyone may use these resources from the public computers in the library. 

What UFL Staff Are Saying About…

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

Dragonsdale by Salamanda Drake

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

The Final Four by John Volponi