This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 39, No. 10 October 2014

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

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The Urbana Free Library Needs Your Help

One position on the nine-member Library Board will be open beginning September 30, 2014 and the term ends June 30, 2015.

Founded in 1874, The Urbana Free Library serves our community of approximately 41,250 residents, has an operating budget of over $3.3M, and a staff of approximately 80 talented and dedicated people. The Library Board meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm. You must be a resident of the City of Urbana in order to serve as a Library Board member.


Teen Services @ The Urbana Free Library

In honor of the library’s 140th Birthday Celebration, October will spotlight Teen Services.  What does Teen Services involve? Good question!  Teen Services encompasses all services, programs, and outreach offered by the library geared for those in grades 6 through 12.  This includes…

Purchasing new books for the young adult and manga collections.

  • Writing blog posts about fun books, music, and programs the teens might enjoy.
  • Creating handouts and booklists that interest teens.
  • Promoting the young adult book collection through media outlet.
  • Maintaining the teen section of the library’s website, including the great homework help links and college planning tools.


Speaking of Teen Services…October Programs!

Urbana Otaku Manga Club • Friday, October 3 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
All things manga. Snacks and prize drawings every month!

Teen Open Lab • Most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Afternoons • 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Film-making, 3D printing, music, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, and just hanging out. 

Exquisite and Sonorous Corpses • Wednesday, October 15 • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
A performance by Noble Fowl Trio.

Zombie Costume Workshop • Tuesday & Wednesday, October 22 & 23 • 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Let Makerspace Urbana and CU Community Fab Lab teach you how to use a little sewing know-how and other odds and ends to create your undead apparel for the Zombie Prom.

Zombie Prom: Nightmare on Elm Street • Friday, October 24 • 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Punch, ghoulish snacks, a costume contest, and more at this special after-hours event

All programs will take place in the Lewis Auditorium.  For more information, please call 217-367-4405.

Coming in November—Streaming Music via Music Online


Starting in November, Urbana Free Library patrons will be able to stream music to computers or other devices from Alexander Street Press’s Music Online.

Listen to Big Bill Broonzy's folk songs.  Reacquaint yourself with protest songs and hootenanny favorites.  Delve deeply into the Smithsonian Folkways recordings.  Indulge in your passion for Ella Fitzgerald.  Thrill to classical selections from the world's greatest labels.  These are just a few possibilities for you to choose and explore in this rich resource.  Music Online provides online streaming of hundreds of thousands of classical, jazz, world, and American roots pieces, plus more. You can even save personalized playlists to revisit whenever you log in.

From Satie to reggae to jazz, Music Online delivers something to suit every musical taste, and will be wonderful supplement to our outstanding compact disc collection.

Stay tuned for more information.

 Prairie Breezes Presents the Derick Cordoba Jazz Quartet

Friday, October 10 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Get jazzy and enjoy some toe-tapping, finger-snapping tunes from Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis and more!   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.

UFLive! Presents Otaak Band

Saturday, October 18 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Busey-Mills Reading Room

The sounds of ancient Eastern Sudan meet contemporary pop-rock in shimmering, jazz-infused music.  Ahmed Said is a master of the traditional lyre, the masankop, and the rich, powerful vocal style typical of Beja music. Miguel Merino is a drummer and composer from Indiana who sought to bring together their two distant, but deeply connected, styles of music. 

This family-friendly concert is made possible by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois.

October is American Archives Month

In October, the Champaign County Historical Archives will join archival repositories across the nation in celebrating the agencies and people responsible for maintaining our communities’ vital historical records. Throughout October 2014, the Archives will host a number of events and workshops aimed at promoting awareness of the important services provided by archives and enhancing the public’s recognition of the enduring value of local history.  Whether you are interested in recording your family history, historical films, the discoveries made by local authors during the research process, kid-friendly genealogy activities, or oral history there is an event for you this month at the Archives.

And if these offerings have intrigued you for all things archival, you can sign up for email notifications to be sent to your inbox for programs held throughout the year. Just make sure to check Local History & Genealogy in the selection list.

UFL Reads! Wild Card

Sunday, October 26 • 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.  This month, we will read and discuss Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver. 

Dellarobia is a dissatisfied Appalachian farm wife on her way to a tryst with another man when she stumbles upon what appears to be a valley of silently burning trees. She takes the vision to be a sign from God. But when others begin to find out about it, they all have different ideas of what it means. This is a story about faith and perspective, taking place in a setting so strong that this small area in Appalachia is nearly a character unto itself.

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

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