This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 39, No. 4 April 2014

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

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The Seventh Annual 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 Seventh Annual 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.

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The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

April 24 - 28 • 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)

Spring is here (finally!) and it is time for one of the most anticipated events of the season—the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening, April 24 (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night).  The spring book sale will include approximately 30 boxes of overflow items from Priceless Books after their recent downsize.

Not a member yet? Use THIS LINK where you register online or you can download a membership form.

If all goes as hoped and the library has a team of volunteers to assist, items not purchased at the spring book sale will be boxed and shipped to Better World Books. If plans fall through and volunteers are not available, items not purchased at the spring book sale will be transferred to the Recycle Center at the University of Illinois.

The Boneyard Arts Festival @ Your Library

From music and dance programs to displays of creative works by local artisans, your library can help to cure your spring fever with a healthy dose of the arts.

Performances and Events:

  • Wiley Elementary School Dance • Thursday, April 10, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Prairie Breezes presents the Mbira • Friday, April 11, 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Yankee Ridge Enrichment Dance Group • Saturday, April 12, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • USD #116 Primary Grade Dance Group • Saturday, April 12, 2:00 -3:00 p.m.
  • Red Herring Writers, April 12 • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Pops at the Library • Sunday, April 13, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Exhibits and Displays:

  • Framed prints through Wind, Water & Light Gallery • April 1 - 30
  • A visual display of blown glass through Larkfield Glass Studio • April 1 - 30
  • Young Artist Exhibition by students of USD #116 • April 2 - 14  

To find out more about the festival, and what unique activities will occur in downtown Urbana and surrounding areas, visit For detailed information about library events during the Boneyard Arts Festival, visit the library’s e-calendar.

Prairie Breezes Presents the Mbira

Friday, April 11 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Tom Turino and Claire Johnson will share the Mbira from Zimbabwe, music traditionally played by the Shona people for spiritual ceremonies and gatherings. The interlocking melodies and rhythms of the drums and hosho (shakers) will make you want to get up and dance!.

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.

Pops at the Library!

Sunday, April 13 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Join us for one or all of five free recitals featuring Urbana Pops Orchestra (UPO) professional and student musicians. At this month’s recital, you can enjoy Lydia Tang on viola.

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.

Champaign County Historical Archives Spring Workshop Series Beyond the Basics
Saturday, March 29 • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. • Instructor:  Steve Szabados

Oral History for Family History
Saturday, April 19 •1:30 - 3:30 p.m. • Instructor: Noah Lenstra

Pinning Down Your Family History: How Pinterest Can Help You Display, Organize, and Share Your Family and Community History
Wednesday, April 30 • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. • Instructor: Gina Tangorra

Breaking Down the Brick Walls in Your Genealogy
Saturday, May 3 • 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. • Instructor: Rob Johnson

Civil War Records and Research: A Tribute to our Veteran Ancestors
Saturday, May 24 • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. • Instructor: Rob Johnson

All classes are FREE and open to the public.  For detailed information about each class, click HERE. To register, call 217-367-4025. 

UFL Reads! Tales of Girls

Sunday, April 27 • 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 April is The Age of Miracles  by Karen Thompson Walker.

In this cross between a coming-of-age tale and the dystopian future, 11-year-old Julia awakens one day to the news that scientists have discovered the earth’s rotation has started slowing. Can Julia and her family maintain normalcy as they adapt to life in a time of irrevocable change?

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

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