This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 39, No. 5 May 2014

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Thank you to the Friends of The Urbana Free Library

Each year the installation of the awnings on the library’s Race Street porch, was a sign that spring had arrived.  At the end of the 2014 awning season, the library received the sad news that the familiar blue and white awnings had reached the end of their lifespan.  Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of The Urbana Free Library, who regularly support the library through the purchase of those “extra touches,” new awnings have been ordered.

Arriving in mid-May, the new awnings will be in shades of forest green and natural to complement the landscaping around the building and heighten the curb appeal.  Beyond the aesthetics, the awnings also will offer a shady respite for anyone in the downtown district and provide a cooling effect for the historic reading rooms on the east side of the library. 

Did you know that anytime you make purchase at the Friends book sale or select a book for purchase at the library cafe that you support the Friends?  To join the Friends and learn how you can participate in Friends activities, visit the library website.

UFLive! Presents Kristi & Miriam
Annual Summer Reading Program Kick-off

Sunday, May 18 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Busey-Mills Reading Room

Are you ready for a summer of reading? This month’s UFLive! concert will serve as the official kick-off for summer reading program registration, with May 31-August 31 being the official dates to record books that you have read. 

Kristi and Miriam have cooked up a fun variety of songs, from lyrical folk ballads to silly animal songs to sing-along rounds. Miriam Larson and Kristi Emilsson have been singing harmonies together for more than 10 years and are excited to share their music with an audience of all ages.

This month’s UFLive! concert is sponsored by Larry and Margaret Jobe in honor of grandsons Arlin and Berk Orr.

Annual Summer Reading Program
May 31 - August 31, 2014

Paws to Read • Children’s Summer Reading Program • Win Prizes Just for Reading
FETCH your friends and family.  COME to The Urbana Free Library.  SIT for great stories and free programs.  STAY for fun.

  • Paws to Read is for children through grade 5 who read their own books.  Read 10 books, log the titles on your reading “paws-port,” and win a free book and coupons for local businesses.  Continue reading to enter our end-of-summer prize raffle. 
  • Paws to Read-to-Me is for children who have not yet learned to read and are being read to.  Complete the activities on your reading “paws-port” to earn free books.  

SPARK a Reaction • Teen Summer Reading Program • Read Books - Attend Programs - Win Prizes  
SPARK a Reaction by signing up for the library’s teen summer reading program and get ready to read wherever you go!  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
Why should kids have all the fun?  Join us for the first year of adult summer reading at The UFL!  For more information about Reading Rewards, stop by the library or watch the website for updates on how to plan your summer reading adventure.

Book prizes for the Summer Reading Program are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library.

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song - Film and Performance

Wednesday, May 14 • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

A good song reminds us what we’re fighting for. - Pete Seeger

We’re honoring the vibrant and brave musical legend Pete Seeger (who would have been 95 this month) with a special showing of the PBS American Masters film Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.

Filmmaker Jim Brown had access to remarkable archival footage, old TV shows, home movies, and the family photo album, weaving together the story of the Seegers with testimony by admirers who represent his influence and legacy. Testimonies include those by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Peter Yarrow, Mary Travers, and Bonnie Raitt. Pete Seeger said that “Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live,” and this film captures that optimistic fighting spirit.

Urbana singer-songwriter Paul Kotheimer will also do a live performance that will include several songs made famous by Seeger. Paul is known for his wit and passion, his versatility and tenacity. He has released 11 albums of original acoustic music on his own hand-made label.

This program is presented with support from Illinois Public Media/WILL TV.

Pops at the Library!

Saturday, May 17 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Join us for the final of five free recitals featuring Urbana Pops Orchestra (UPO) professional and student musicians. At this month’s recital, you can enjoy Sara Sasaki 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.

Take a “Paws” to Read with a “Litter” of Fun Programs

Mathemagics: Art of Mental Calculation Math
Monday, May 19 • 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Natalya St. Clair will share the secrets of mental math with some mental math tricks that will get students excited about rapid mental arithmetic.   For children in elementary school.

Art Lessons for Kids: Origami
Saturday, May 24 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Are you ready for summer? Yukimi and Ailing will show you the wonders of origami paper folding.  For children in elementary school.

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society
Saturday, May 31 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

A free blues workshop for children. Learn about the roots of blues music and the basics of blues harmonica.  Free harmonicas.  For children in elementary school.

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