This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 40, No. 5 May 2015

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

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Celebrating 140 years with The Urbana Free Library

It has been a pleasure to celebrate The Urbana Free Library’s 140th Birthday this past year. We hope you have enjoyed learning more about how different Library departments can serve you. As the world changes, TUFL will continue to change so that the TUFL of the future can continue to serve Urbana residents well for the next 140 years.

Coming soon: Strategic planning, new kinds of collections, even more events to attend, and Summer Reading Programs for Everyone! Suggestions? We would love to have them.

And now, let me introduce you to:

Shelver/Baristas at the Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop provide friendly smiles as you enter the Library via Race Street. When they are not creating excellent beverages and baking scrumptious cookies, they shelve the collections, provide room setup, and work on special library projects. They also work with the Friends of the Library to select interesting books that you can purchase for $3 at the Cafe. These funds are used for large, special purchases, such as the awnings over the Race Street porch.  If you would like to be a Shelver/Barista, we will be testing to see who qualifies to fill some current vacancies.


2015 Summer Reading Program

May 28 - August 31, 2015

Read to the Rhythm • Children’s Summer Reading Program • Win Prizes JUST for Reading

Get jazzed this summer!   Sign up for Read to the Rhythm and have a rockin’ good time reading and having fun at some musically themed programs.  Read to the Rhythm is for children through grade five—those being read to and those reading on their own. 

Escape the Ordinary • Teen Summer Reading Program • Read Books - Attend Programs - Win Prizes 

Why let your summer be ordinary, when it can be EXTRAORDINARY!  This summer, you can Escape the Ordinary and sign up for the Library’s summer reading program for teens.  Teens who have completed grade 6 through seniors who have completed grade 12 can participate.

Reading Rewards • Adult Summer Reading Program • Read Books - Win Prizes

This summer, make time to read the books you love and win prizes as you go. Read books of your choice (including eBooks and audiobooks), write book reviews, and attend fun programs and events. The more you participate, the better your chances of winning prizes!

Sign-up will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015.  
Book prizes are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library.


Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library

Saturday, May 2 • 8:00 - Noon • Urbana’s Market at the Square

This summer you can visit with Library staff at Read at the Market, a monthly event at Urbana's Market at the Square, located at the corner of Illinois & Vine Streets in downtown Urbana. You can sign up for the Summer Reading Program, enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves. We'll have unique activities on the first Saturday of each month for everyone in the family!

On May 2, from 8:00 AM to noon, Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library will highlight All Things Locally Grown with resources about gardening, farm-to-table and seasonal cooking, homesteading, small farms, artisan production, and more. 

Read at the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Market at the Square.



It's Summer:  Let's Party with the Mean Lids

Saturday, May 30 • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Cherry Alley

We are kicking off the 2015 Summer Reading Program with an outdoor party for everyone. Enjoy live music with The Mean Lids, juggling, crafts, activities, and free snow cones! You also can sign up for one of the Library's summer reading programs.

The Mean Lids are only as mean they need to be to keep the grit in their tones and the edge on their tunes. Spot them by their hats, their long lonesome sounds, and the kicking baritone grooves emanating from their mean, mean fiddle fingers. The Mean Lids are Miriam Larson (flute and jaw harp); Ben Smith (fiddle and banjo); Matt Turino (guitar, fiddle, and feet).

If it rains, the festivities will move to the Lewis Auditorium.

This concert is generously sponsored by Larry and Margaret Jobe in honor of grandsons Arlin and Berk Orr

Shredding Event with Senator Scott Bennett 

Saturday, May 2 • 9:00 - Noon • Parking Lot on Cedar & Elm (west of the Library)

Please join Senator Scott Bennett and the Library for a shredding event!

The service is being offered for residential shredding (not for businesses), with a limit of two boxes per person.  We ask that you please plan to take empty boxes home with you.  The event will end at noon or earlier if the shredding truck reaches capacity. 

For more information, please call 217-355-5252 or visit

Thanks to AT&T for providing the shredding truck and staff, and a big thank you to Blake Weaver for sharing his parking lot!

Artist of the Corridor Presents Beth Darling

Beginning May 4 • The Urbana Free Library Gallery (first floor)

Thanks to the City of Urbana's Public Arts Program, the Artist of the Corridor series has expanded to display at The Urbana Free Library.  For six weeks beginning May 4, you can enjoy the plein air oil paintings by Urbana artist Beth Darling. Originally from rural New Jersey, Beth studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts.

Inspired by the southwest paintings of David Barbero, Beth Darling became interested in the landscapes of New Mexico. Eventually, in 1987, she moved to Albuquerque with her husband and was able to realize her dream of painting the desert landscape on location. She visited remote areas of canyons, mesas, and national forests in northern New Mexico and exhibited her paintings in galleries in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Years later, after relocating to Illinois, she continued to visit New Mexico each year to paint in some of her favorite places.

Beth Darling currently lives in Urbana and paints in her large, sunny studio on the top floor of the historic Lincoln Building at 44 East Main Street in downtown Champaign.

Beginning Genealogy Workshop: How to Get Started

Thursday, May 7 • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Jean Evans Archives Room

In this FREE workshop, you will tour the Archives and learn about the many resources available, including local, state, national, and international print resources. You also will learn techniques for using online databases and other helpful genealogy websites. You may use on-site computers or you may bring your own to use during the class.

Genealogical research begins with some basic facts, such as family names, birth, marriage, and death dates. Free notebooks for recording your research will be available to all registrants, courtesy of the Champaign County Genealogical Society. Registration is limited to 20.

Please call the Champaign County Historical Archives at 217-367-4025 or stop by to register.

UFLive! presents Music from the Old World to the New World

Sunday, May 17 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. • Busey-Mills Reading Room

Join us for this special program featuring works by Villa Lobos, Saint Saens, Guastavino, Finzi, Loudova, Debussy, and Piazolla.

Guest performers are Solomon Baer (clarinet); Amanda Pond (flute); and Rachel Jensen (piano).

Discontinued 2018


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