This Month at The Urbana Free Library

Vol. 39, No. 11 November 2014

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This Library is Awesome!

We continue to receive new Tell Us Why You Love The Urbana Free Library comment cards, and these three comments stood out as special this week:

“This library is very awesome because it has computers and learning book to find our answer.”

Books? This person knows we’ve got them—hundreds of thousands of them. In print and as audiobooks and on nooks you can check out and as eBooks you can download. If you don’t see what you want, ask us about it. Our attentive staff will take suggestions for titles you’d like purchased or can show you how to place items you want that are checked out.

Computers? Yeah, we have computers. As technology continues to evolve, the Library provides access to new technologies from self-check stations to streaming music (coming November 1) to 3D printers and music recording software in the Teen Open Lab. Staff can tell you what’s what every day and volunteers provide personalized assistance at the Computers 101 sessions on Saturdays.

 “This library cool cause it got batman.”

The Library is cool, but Batman is pretty cool, too, and you can check out hundreds of different Batman items: “Learn to Read” books, graphic novels for all ages, and DVDs. We have something for everyone.

“This library is awesome because I'm in it!”

We couldn’t agree more!

Celeste Choate, Executive Director

Celebrating 140 Years:
Were Children Always a Part of The Urbana Free Library?

Looking back over the past 140 years of The Urbana Free Library, it might be interesting to know that children have always been an important part of the library’s story.

In the library’s early years, reading was the focus of library services to children.  We suspect the stacks were closed for browsing, but we know from the first by-laws that “minors” could get library cards.  The act of children getting library cards was even newsworthy, as documented in April 1938 —“67 Children Get Library Cards.”


C-U Folk & Roots Festival Events @ The UFL

Saturday, November 8
Busey-Mills Reading Room & the Lewis Auditorium

You’re invited to the sixth annual Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival, a special event designed to support and promote the arts in central Illinois. All festival events at the library are FREE!

In the Lewis Auditorium (ground floor):

  • 10:45 a.m. - Local Storyteller Showcase
  • 11:45 a.m. - Featured Storyteller Performance with Dan Keding and Mama Edie Armstrong
  • 1:00 p.m. - Telling Personal Stories: Workshop with Dan Keding
  • 2:30 p.m. - Local Storyteller Showcase
  • 3:34 p.m. - Art and Activism Workshop with Anne Feeney: The Songs of Joe Hill, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Phil Ochs. 

In the Busey-Mills Reading Room (first floor):

  • 10:45 a.m. - Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra (Americana) CANCELLED
  • 12:15 p.m. - Big Bluestem (Old Time)
  • 1:30 p.m. - Dana Sipos (Singer-songwriter)
  • 2:45 p.m. - Folksongs of Illinois: Workshop with Bucky Halker
  • 4:00 p.m. - Mother Banjo (Folk, singer-songwriter, gospel)

To learn how to buy tickets and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit

A Reading & Signing with
2014 National Book Award Finalist Phil Klay

Tuesday, November 11 • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

Phil Klay is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. His award-winning book, Redeployment, is a fiction finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

If you want to know the real cost of war for those who do the fighting, read Redeployment. These stories say it all, with an eloquence and rare humanity that will simultaneously break your heart and give you reasons to hope. – Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Place a hold on one of the library's copies through CU Catalog or call 217-367-4405.  Copies of Redeployment will be available for sale at the event.
Presented by The Illinois Humanities Council, the Illinois Library Association, and The Urbana Free Library.

 Prairie Breezes Presents the Prairie Blend Barbershop Quartet

Friday, November 14 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium

Join Hugo Feugen, Denny Mulvany, Vern Knapp and Kevin Swartz for dynamic a capella four-part harmony fun, in the barbershop style that emerged in the decades after The Urbana Free Library was founded in 1874.

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 Sam Gingher

Sunday, November 16 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Busey-Mills Reading Room

Our guest performer is pianist Sam Gingher, a 2014 Krannert Center Debut Artist and Doctoral of Musical Arts candidate in piano performance at the University of Illinois. This classical concert will include works by Domenico Scarlatti, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, and Leo Ornstein.

Diabetes and the Holiday Season

Monday, November 17 • 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Discover some practical tools to help you keep your diabetes under control. Attend a cooking demonstration and sampling presented by Presence Covenant’s Registered Dietitian Carol, and Prairie Winds Chef Devin. Come early or stay after the demo and learn about great resources in our community to help you manage your diabetes.  Call 217-337-2022 by November 12 to reserve your seat.

Brought to you by the Community Diabetes Coalition, Novo Nordisk, Christie Clinic, and Presence Center for Healthy Living.

UFL Reads! Wild Card

Sunday, November 23 • 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 Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner

Senator Richard Woodruff’s family is in upheaval after he has an affair that becomes public. His wife Sylvie, begins to realize that she has defined her life by her role as a senator’s wife. Their oldest daughter is successful but unhappy, and their youngest is a recovering addict who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. This book, about relationships, change, and family, follows the three women as they all question the directions their lives have taken and grow closer to each other.

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

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