This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 40, No. 7 July 2015

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

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Interact and Share Through Events at the Library

You know that the Library has a deep collection of materials you can check out, but did you also know that your Library is a place where our community comes together to interact and share experiences at events? Almost 28,000 people have attended over 800 Library events this fiscal year. Programs help us make connections we haven’t made before, between ideas and between people. The Urbana community offers a wealth of opportunities, and the Library plays an important role in offering free access to:

Music: There will be musical events throughout the day on July 17 PLUS All That Jazz: Music-Making Time Capsule on July 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Reading: You know we’ve got that, too: UFL Reads! July 26th 2:00 p.m.

Manga: Don’t miss the 5th Annual Manga Mini-Con for teens on July 24 from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

But, wait, there’s more! The Library is out in the community where you are:

Read at the Market the first Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. -  noon.  On July 4, Gussy Up Your Bike or read a book with Library staff at Urbana’s Market at the Square.

Read in the Park: An all ages reading event at Carle Park from 3:00-3:45 p.m. with lemonade and cookies.

The Library’s calendar of events is available here. To sign up for e-notification of library events, including the library’s monthly newsletter, CLICK HERE. Enter your first and last name, use the pull down Event Type menu to select your notification preferences, select Save and you’re done!

If you have ideas for programs you would like the Library to offer in the building or in the community, please let us know.

Celeste Choate, Executive Director


Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library

Saturday, July 4 • 8:00 a.m. - 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. Enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, sign up for the Summer Reading Program, get some reading suggestions (we always have suggestions), pick up a free balloon, and learn what summertime fun programs the Library has on the calendar.  We’ll have unique activities on the first Saturday of each month for everyone in the family!

On July 4, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, bring your bike to the Market and we’ll have all the supplies to help you “gussy” up your bike for Independence Day.   See you at the Market!

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


The Music Collection @ The UFL

The library’s music collection is notable for both its breadth and depth. From the latest chart-topper to historic recordings of Paraguayan flute music, we have it covered. Baroque to avant-garde, opera to rap, ragtime to modern jazz, classic to forgotten; a musical extravaganza awaits!  The collection features:

Read in the Park

Sunday, July 5 • 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

Bring your book and a blanket and join us at Carle Park in Urbana. Let’s get together under the trees on a beautiful summer day to relax and enjoy one of life’s best and simplest pleasures— reading! After we’ve all had a chance to read quietly for 45 minutes or so, there will be lemonade and cookies, and an opportunity to socialize with friends. All ages welcome!

Read to the Rhythm with Children’s Programs

(All programs in the Lewis Auditorium)

Rhythms of the World
Saturday, July 11 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. • Families
Ginger Lozar and her puppets will explore the rhythms of the world in a variety show.  

Audacious Orchestra Concert
Friday, July 17, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. • Families
The Audacious Orchestra makes music come alive in a concert by kids for kids.

Bow-dacious String Band Lunchtime Concert
Friday, July 17 • Noon -1:00 p.m. • Families
Bring your lunch and have a fun, musical experience with the talented musicians of C4A

Drumming with Rocky
Friday, July 17 • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. • Music lovers of all ages
Join world percussionist Rocky Maffit for an interactive program of unique musicianship.

All That Jazz
Monday, June 20 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. • Children ages 4 and up and their families
Join the Museum of the Grand Prairie to explore musical eras through artifacts, activities, and a craft.

Fifth Annual Manga Mini-Con

Friday, July 24 • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

Have you ever wished you could go to a manga convention? Wish no more! Teens are invited to the library’s Fifth Annual Manga Mini-Con to hang out with others who enjoy anime, manga, and Japanese culture.  Events include a cosplay (costume) contest; manga trivia contest; speed drawing competition; photo booth; prizes, raffles, snacks, and more!

Do you need a costume?  During our regularly scheduled Teen Open Lab (July 14-16 and July 21-23), Makerspace Urbana and the CU Community Fab Lab will show you how to use a little sewing know-how, old clothing, yards of fabric, and other odds and ends to create your unique cosplay costumes for Mini-Con.


The Friends of The UFL Summer Book Sale

August 27 - 31 • Lewis Auditorium

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)

You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the “sweetest” events of the season!  With a five-day schedule that gives book lovers ample opportunity to come back for more, the Friends Book Sale adds to the celebratory events that occur in downtown Urbana during the last weekend in August.  It’s your ultimate summer weekend: visit the Market at the Square, visit the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival, and visit the Friends of The Urbana Free Library Book Sale.


The Urbana Fre Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop

Remember...when you support the cafe, you support the library.