This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 40, No. 9 September 2015

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

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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

Mayor Prussing is proclaiming that September is Library Card Sign-Up Month in Urbana. If you are reading this newsletter, you probably already have an Urbana Free Library card. We need your help in getting others the cards they are paying taxes for. National Library Card Sign-up Month

We would love to sign them up for a card at Read at the Market on September 5, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the City of Urbana's Market at the Square.

Children’s Services Library staff will be visiting different locations in September for on-site library card sign-up and we would love to visit you and your group, too. Email us at or call us 217-367-4069 so we can make arrangements.

There are so many things you can do with your card in person and online – please come in or visit us at to learn more.

Success starts at your public library – in person and online – and we hope to see you here soon!

Celeste Choate, Executive Director

Growing Readers One Book at a Time

The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books will help your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sound letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building background knowledge--important skills that help prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten.  

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a year-round reading program for children ages birth to five years and it’s coming to The Urbana Free Library on October 1, 2015.  Participation is easy—sign up at the Library, track your reading progress, and receive special a reward when you reach a reading milestone.  

It’s the fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success!

Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library

Saturday, September 5 • 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. Enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, get some reading suggestions (we always have suggestions), pick up a free balloon, and learn about upcoming fall programs (Hint: “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”). We will have unique activities on the first Saturday of each month for everyone in the family!

On September 5, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, Read at the Market will help kick-off the USD #116 school year Battle of the Books trivia. 

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

Prairie Breezes Presents Big Bluestem String Band

Saturday, September 5 • 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. • Lewis Auditorium

Join us for our first concert of the season as Big Bluestem String Band performs an impressive array of musical styles and songs, including bluegrass, country, ballads, and blues that will set your toes a-tapping!
For children and their families.

Prairie Breezes concerts are scheduled on the first Saturday of every month and are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Meet & Greet the Urbana Sister Cities Delegation

Friday, September 11 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. • MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room

The City of Urbana invites you to a reception to meet the delegates from the city of Thionville, France, as part of a friendship exchange between the City of Urbana and the City of Thionville. Light refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by the Urbana Sister Cities Program and The Urbana Free Library.

UFLive! Presents Derick Cordoba’s Trio 59

Sunday, September 20 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. • Busey-Mills Reading Roo

Jazz guitarist Derick Cordoba has toured over 20 countries and has performed on over 20 recordings. He teaches guitar and music history is currently completing his doctorate and teaching at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is joined today by Mikel Combs on bass and Ricardo Flores on drums and percussion.

UFLive! concerts are generously sponsored by The Urbana Free Library Foundation and are scheduled on the third Sunday of most months.

Ready, Set, Code: A Wolfram Workshop

September 28 - October 1 • 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Get ready, get set... CODE!  Join us for a four-day, introductory workshop in programming. Learn the basics of Wolfram Language and see where the code takes you! You’ll learn how to develop your own image filters, design a 3D Minecraft creeper, create an age-guessing website, and more. No programming experience needed. Registration is required and space is limited to 10.  For students in grades 4 - 6.

#CodeNinjaGo: A Wolfram Workshop (@TOL)

September 28 - October 1 • 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Plan to meet in the Satterthwaite Conference Room on Monday to plan our course of attack, then Tuesday through Thursday, we’ll hijack part of the Teen Open Lab in the Lewis Auditorium to introduce how to code.

Learn the basics of Wolfram Language and then create your own interactive website. You’ll learn how to develop your own image filters, design a 3D Minecraft creeper, create an age guessing website and more. No programming experience needed. Registration is required and space is limited to 10.  For teens.  

Ready, Set, Code and #CodeNinjaGo are presented in collaboration by Wolfram Research and the The Urbana Free Library.

Thank You to Our 2015 Summer Reading Program Sponsors

The Urbana Free Library would like to extend a special “thank you” to the businesses and organizations who generously supported the 2015 Summer Reading Program!

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bob Evans
  • Courier Cafe
  • Dairy Queen
  • El Oasis
  • Flat Top Grill
  • Friends of The Urbana Free Library
  • Meatheads Burgers & Fries
  • Meijer
  • Piato
  • Putt Zone Fun Center
  • Urbana Park District
  • Wendy’s