This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 39, No. 6 June 2014

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

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From the Executive Director

It has been two months since I joined The Urbana Free Library as Executive Director. Thank you for the warm welcome I have received! I am enjoying getting to know the excellent Library staff that you already know so well and learning about all that The Urbana Free Library has to offer.

Please say "Hello!" the next time you visit. Or call me at 217-367-4058. Or email me at I will be at The Urbana Free Library's booth at the Farmer's Market from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 21 and at the Library's 140th Birthday Bash on June 22 at 2:00 p.m.  Or invite me to come talk at your community group. I'd love to meet you and talk with you about what your Library can do for you.

On May 27, $464,399.78 worth of items were checked out to patrons. From board books to board games, from online magazines via Zinio (Discontinued 2018) to music CDs, people are using The Urbana Free Library to get good stuff. Please join me in checking out more good stuff this summer as you participate in the Summer Reading Programs available for all ages. I'm signed up - are you?

This summer, rediscover your Library. Learn about The Urbana Free Library's rich history and be a part of its bright future. I think you will be pleased if you do and I hope to see you soon!

 Celeste Choate, Executive Director

The Urbana Free Library: Rich History – Bright Future

Once upon a time in 1872 in the thriving City of Urbana, 52 men active in the interest of their community, formed the Young Men’s Library Association.  With the prospect of ultimate success and the encouragement of the County Gazette, the first meeting of the library leaders was held in January 1873.   With committees in place and enthusiasm in abundance, the Association opened a downtown reading room, offering books and periodicals for browsing to the public for a small fee.  In the spring of 1874, a movement to have the City government take over the library was launched, and on July 2 of that year, The Urbana Free Library was created by the City Council.  And we have lived well-loved by the community ever after.

In 2014, The Urbana Free Library is celebrating its 140th birthday. To commemorate this landmark moment in history, the library is inviting the community on June 22, to a very special UFLive! Birthday Bash with Don’t Ask, an event that will kick-off a year-long celebration of events that will tell the story of the library and its service to the Urbana community.  We’ll have music and birthday cake, and The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop will offer a special Cherry Alley Ice Tea for sale.   

The library’s rich history is the key to its bright future; the library was founded through the vision and support of the community, and we continue to be supported to this day. We thank you and invite you to come celebrate!

Kathy Wicks, Associate Director

Historical content from The Urbana Free Library: It’s Early Years (available through the Champaign County Historical Archives)

Summer Reading Programs for Everyone!

Following the satisfaction expressed by readers after last year’s program, participants in the 2014 Summer Reading Program will register and keep track of their reading progress online.  With an easy-to-use interface, online reading logs, book reviews, and access from anywhere, anytime, we think you you’ll find it convenient for your busy lifestyle!

This summer, there’s a reading program for everyone—children, teens, AND adults! For more information and to register for the 2014 Summer Reading Program, click HERE

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

Teen Summer Reading Program Kick-off

Wednesday, June 4 • 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

School’s out for the summer! Celebrate the end of finals--and the beginning of summer fun--at this festive program! We’ll have games, crafts, and a hot dog cook-off using solar power!

Read to the Dogs…or Horses…or Both!

Dogs or horse?  Take your pick or pick both, when the library gets a visit from the the dogs of a local pet therapy group and Deb Murphy’s miniature horses. 

Read to the Dogs • Thursday, June 12 • 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium
Let your summer go to the dogs! You’re invited to join our furry, four-footed friends from a local pet therapy group to practice reading skills, and have a howling good time with the Champaign County Humane Society.

Read to the Horses • Thursday, June 26 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium
Meet Star and Rascal, two miniature horses who love to listen to stories. Children are invited to practice their reading skills when Deb Murphy brings her miniature horses to the library for a visit.

Read to the Dogs and Read to the Horses are for children in elementary school.  

UFLive! 140th Birthday Bash with Don’t Ask

Sunday, June 22 • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Cherry Alley (bring your lawn chair)

Join us as we celebrate the library’s 140th birthday!  This month’s special UFLive! concert is the kick-off to a year-long celebration of events and programs that will highlight the library’s rich history and current services.

Don’t Ask plays Klezmer music in the spirit of early Eastern Europe’s Jewish village string bands, with Middle Eastern and Balkan influences and other surprises thrown in the mix. The tunes and harmonies are joyful yet haunting - sometimes lively and raucous, sometimes gentle and melancholy, always evocative.

Don’t Ask is Frances Harris, Sara Sasaki, Amanda Ramey, David Garcia, Michael Meadows, and Michael Shapiro.

UFL Reads! Wild Card

Sunday, June 22 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room

Enjoy a selection of old and new favorites, picked especially by fellow book club members.

Our selection in June is The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel.

Meet the wives of America’s Mercury Seven astronauts. To support each other, they created their own club and have remained friends to this day. Learn the true story of how these military wives stood by their husbands as they shot to the skies and celebrity and how they stood by each other through life, death, and divorce.

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

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