This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 39, No. 2 February 2014

Archived Newsletters | Calendar of Library Events | Children's Program Calendar

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 Who Lves Reading?

Children are invited to read away the winter blues and sign up for the 2014 Winter Reading Program!

Here’s how it works:

  • Pick up a reading log at the Children’s Services question desk.  
  • Try to read at least 20 minutes a day.  
  • Use your crayons to color in a square on the log for each minute you read.
  • Return your reading log to the question desk by March 21, 2014 and receive a free book!

Why read 20 minutes a day?  The Children’s Reading Foundation calls the time that parents devote daily to reading to their young children, “the most important 20 minutes of their day.”  When parents read to their children, it is commonly believed they not only have the opportunity to positively interact with them, but also foster strong, lifelong reading practices.

Patrick Clifford 1953-2014

It is with great sadness that The UFL announce the loss of our dear friend and valued colleague, Patrick Clifford. Pat died January 19, 2014 after a battle with cancer. Each of us at the library not only grieves at the passing of a tremendous individual but also for the loss his family suffers. Our hearts and thoughts go out to them at this difficult time.  In accordance with their wishes, Pat's family is asking that donations be made to The Urbana Free Library in his honor. 

The following was posted by Pat's daughter on Caring Bridge on January 20, 2014:

"Throughout this time there was an organization that helped my mother and my father immensely.  It was also where he chose to spend his days in work, and a place that is struggling through tough times of its own.  So we are going to ask that any donations made in his honor be sent to The Urbana Free Library, in hopes that they can use them to help finish my dad's desire to get their technology systems updated."

To make a donation in memory/honor of Patrick Clifford, you may send checks to The Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Streen, Urbana, IL 61801, Attn: Becky Brown. Please tag or memo that it is a donation in memory/honor of Patrick Clifford.

Get Started With eBooks

Sunday, February 2 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Did you just get a new eReader?  We’re here to help you learn how to use it.  At this informal, drop-in workshop, we’ll help you learn more about your eReader’s features and how to download free eBooks from The Urbana Free Library through My Media Mall.  

Please bring your eReaders, your library card, and your laptop (if you have one).  Questions?  Call 217-367-4405 and ask for Carol or Mary.

Pops at the Library!

Sunday, February 9 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Join us for one or all of five free recitals featuring UPO professional and student musicians. At today’s recital, you can enjoy Karen DeBauche on clarinet.

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.

Prairie Breezes Presents the Arcadia Chamber Players

Friday, February 14 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Join us for something old and something new! The women of the Arcadia Chamber Players will share a classical Mozart quartet and introduce a newly composed piece of music for you and your family to enjoy.

As a not-for-profit organization, the Arcadia Chamber Players are committed to educational outreach through performance and advocacy of music education for the children of Champaign County.

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.


UFL Reads! Tales of Girls

Sunday, February 23 • 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 February is A Wrinkle in Time  by Madeleine L’Engle.

In this Newbery Award science fiction novel, young Meg, her brother, and a friend search for her father, a scientist, who has disappeared while working on a top secret project.  Will the mysterious Tesseract help them navigate the universe, through space and time?  

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

UFLive! Presents the Traditional Jazz Orchestra

Sunday, February 16 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Busey-Mills Reading Room

The Traditional Jazz Orchestra plays hot music from the early 20th century when jazz was young—the music of King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and other popular composers from the period.

TJO is Dan Anderson on tuba; Tom Birkner or Jeff Helgesen on cornet; Mike Miller on banjo; Morgan Powell on trombone; and Randy Salman on clarinet.  

This UFLive! concert will include a special tribute to local jazz legend, Dan Perrino.  Join us and come early as seating is limited.

Sponsored by Urbana Rotary Club in memory of Daniel Perrino, long-time member and ardent supporter of local music and music education.

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