This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 39, No. 3 March 2014

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Welcome Celeste Choate!

The Urbana Free Library Board of Trustees and the Search Committee for the Executive Director announced that Celeste Choate has been selected as the library’s new Executive Director and will begin April 1. Choate leaves her current position as Associate Director of Ann Arbor District Library, where she managed and directed public services across five library locations serving over 160,000 residents.

“I am thrilled to become the new Executive Director of The Urbana Free Library,” Choate said. “It is really clear to me that Urbana values and loves its library, and I look forward to engaging the community and staff to help The Urbana Free Library continue to evolve, building on the accomplishments of its almost 140-year history as we move into the future.”

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The 2014 Fairy Tale Ball

A Special After-Hours Event
Friday, April 4 • 6:00-9:00 p.m.

You are cordially invited to the most anticipated event of the year--the 2014 Fairy Tale Ball!  Princes and Princesses of all ages can don their shiny suit of armor, their sparkly ball gown, or dress like their favorite fairy tale character and join us for an evening of fun, fantasy, and frivolity.  At the ball, you can dance to your heart's content, create enchanting crafts, listen to courtly music, or test your skill at medieval games. 

As you count the days until the arrival of the Fairy Tale Ball, get in the spirit by checking out the library's collection of international fairy tales and folkore, fantasy favorites and read-alikes, or fairy tales retold.  Don't know where to start?  Ask one of the royal librarians!

The 2014 Fairy Tale Ball is generously sponsored by Fred Schlipf and Diane Hillard.

Midwest Central Railroad Club Train Show

Saturday, March 1 • 10:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 2 • 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

All aboard! Railroad enthusiasts young and old are welcome to one of the best N-gauge railroad displays in the area. Watch the trains, learn about railroad history, or browse through the library's special display of books about trains. The Midwest Central Railroad Club Train Show is your destination for model railroading fun!

For train lovers of all ages.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Midwest Central Railroad Club.

Pops at the Library!

Sunday, March 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 this month’s recital, you can enjoy Al Yamaguchi on flute.

The UPO 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 John Cheeseman

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

John Cheeseman has been playing music and singing with kids since his own first kid (now 39) was in kindergarten. With his auto-harp, he's been a regular visitor to Leal School for over 20 years, where he delights children with silly songs. Come find out why the kids who are now the parents still come to sing-along with Cheeseman and request their favorite tunes.

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.

UFLive! Presents the Sam Payne & Friends

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

Sam Payne is a distinguished teacher, folk musician, and host of the popular Urbana Hootenanny. Often collaborating with some of the finest acoustic musicians in Urbana-Champaign, he delivers a unique celebration of traditional song that's sure to please the ears.

Sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in part through generous donations from library lovers, just like you.

UFL Reads! Tales of Girls

Sunday, March 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 March is  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn  by Betty Smith.

This coming-of-age tale features Francie Nolan and her family, living poor in the slums of Brooklyn during the early years of the 20th century. The story follows Francie until the age of 17, and through her life, symbolizes the hopes of immigrants that their children will flourish, no matter the circumstances. 

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

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