Children's Programs

Weekly Events

Babies Lap Time
Tuesdays
10:00 - 10:25 a.m. and 10:45 - 11:10 a.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

For children birth to age 2
In this program for our youngest library fans, you'll find that it's never too early to learn to love songs, books, and rhymes. Babies Lap Time (PDF)

Toddler Story Time
Wednesday • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

For children ages 2 - 4
Come to this themed story time with stories, songs, and a craft or activity. Toddler Story Time (PDF)

Preschool Story Time
Thursdays • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For preschool groups and children ages 3 - 5
Preschool groups and families are invited to join in the fun as we sing songs and listen to stories in this energetic story time. Preschool Story Time (PDF)

Chess Club for Kids
Saturdays • 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Children's Services (Ground Floor)

For children ages 5 and up
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills. Chess Club (PDF)


Bubble Blast - CANCELLED
Tuesday, August 1 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

For all ages
Cherry Alley
Let's make some bubbles! Meet us in Cherry Alley to enjoy some sudsy fun. Be prepared to get soaked and soapy! Bubble Blast (PDF)

Eclipse 101 with Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake
Tuesday, August 1 • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

For all ages
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Staerkel Planetarium Director Dave Leake is helping us prepare for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. (It's coming up on August 21!) Learn what causes solar eclipses, why they are so rare, and how you can safely view this amazing event. Dave Leake is the director of the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College. He also teaches classes in Parkland's Department of Natural Sciences. Eclipse 101 with Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake (PDF)

Tales for Tots
Wednesday, August 2 • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children birth to age 3 with a caregiver
Have fun with rhymes, music & songs, finger plays, and books in this story time for our youngest library lovers. Tales for Tots (PDF)

Urbana Free Library Pop-Up Library @ First Fridays
Friday, August 4 • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. • For all ages

The Urbana Free Library is popping up where you least expect it. We’re teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to create Everybody’s Living Room, an outdoor spot where we’ll have cozy couches and chairs (Thanks, Habitat for Humanity!) and lots of great library stuff (including comics/graphic novels, board games, popular books, and more). Stop by and get a library card, check something out, or just relax and socialize.
The Library's main building will also be open for First Fridays until 8:00 p.m.! Urbana Free Library Pop-Up Library @ First Fridays (PDF)

Comic Con 17: Celebrating Comics and Fandom Since 2016
Saturday, August 5 • 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dress up in your favorite cosplay and prepare for a day full of all the pop culture and geeky things you love. Events for all ages and fandoms. Comic Con 17: Celebrating Comics and Fandom Since 2016 (PDF)

4-H Hopstars! Rabbit Agility Show
Sunday, August 6 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children and their families
The 4-H Hopstars, CU's one and only rabbit agility club, is back! Come and see some rabbit athletes and their 4-H handlers navigate an obstacle course, all while learning about what it's like to have a pet rabbit. 4-H Hopstars! Rabbit Agility Show (PDF)

Make It Mondays
Monday, August 7 and 14  • All day

For children with a caregiver
Children's Services (Ground Floor)
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all-day, drop-in craft extravaganza! Make It Mondays (PDF)

Family Game Night
Tuesday, August 8 • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Children's Services (Ground Floor)
For families
Bring the whole family into the air-conditioned coolness of the Library to play board games. We'll set up in the Children's Department and will highlight some of the great games now available for check out. Family Game Night (PDF)

Not Your Ordinary Chalk Art!
Wednesday, August 9 • 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

Cherry Alley
For families
Join us on the giant sidewalks of Cherry Alley for sidewalk chalk fun. We'll channel our inner artists and create optical illusions with chalk and a digital camera!  Not Your Ordinary Chalk Art! (PDF)

Library Golf and Book Dominoes
Friday, August 11 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children in elementary school and their families
Escape the heat and test your skills with some indoor mini golf using library books as part of the obstacles. Fun for the whole family! We will also break into teams to see who can make the biggest working book domino line. This is open to all elementary aged kids and families are welcome to come with. Just the thing for a hot day! Library Golf and Book Dominoes (PDF)

Baby and Me Yoga Series
Saturday, August 12 • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m

Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For parents and caregivers
Join yoga instructor Josie Heck for 30 minutes of relaxing and bonding yoga with your baby. Please bring a towel or blanket. Baby and Me Yoga Series (PDF)

Spanish Story Time
Saturday, August 12 • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m

Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children of all ages and their families
Come with your children to listen to storytelling in English and Spanish, enjoy traditional songs, and make a craft!Vengan con sus niños a escuchar la narración del libro en inglés y español, disfrutar canciones tradicionales, y hacer una manualidad!
Vengan con sus niños a escuchar la narración del libro en inglés y español, disfrutar canciones tradicionales, y hacer una manualidad!This program is presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois./Presentado por el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CLACS), Universidad de Illinois.
This program is presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois.Presentado por el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CLACS), Universidad de Illinois.
Presentado por el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CLACS), Universidad de Illinois. Spanish Story Time (PDF)

Art Lessons for Children: Create a Pinhole Camera
Sunday, August 13 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children of all ages
On August 21, 2017, the moon will pass in front of the sun, causing a spectacular partial solar eclipse (93% coverage). Join us for this special project to build your own pinhole camera that can be used to safely view the eclipse. Art Lessons for Children: Create a Pinhole Camera (PDF)

Middle Eastern Story Time: Lebanon
Saturday, August 19 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For all ages
Friends from far away, a group of scholars from Lebanon, will visit to bring us a rich story time. Children and families are invited to join us to explore the culture of Lebanon through stories, music, and a craft. Middle Eastern Story Time: Lebanon (PDF)

Spanish/English Bilingual Storytelling
Sunday, August 20 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children and their families
The storyteller Lourdes Bustos brings tales and legends from different cultures, told in English and Spanish. Spanish/English Bilingual Storytelling (PDF)

Solar Eclipse Party for Children
Monday, August 21 • 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For families
Celebrate the solar eclipse with stories, songs, and a craft! Solar Eclipse Party for Children (PDF)

Outdoor Eclipse Party - on Cherry Alley
Monday, August 21 • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Cherry Alley
For families
Come on outside to get a glimpse (with proper viewing glasses) of the solar eclipse. The maximum eclipse should be around 1:20 p.m. Outdoor Eclipse Party - on Cherry Alley (PDF)

Wee Love Music at the Library
Monday, August 21 • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
For children birth to 5 years and their families
Music, movement, and fun for your little one with Ms.Teresa. Wee Love Music at the Library (PDF)

Friends of The Urbana Free Library Summer Book Sale
August 24 - 28

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)
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For all ages
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night). Friends of The Urbana Free Library Summer Book Sale (PDF)

Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library
Saturday, August 26 • 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Lincoln Square • All ages
You can visit with Library staff at Read at the Market, a monthly event at Urbana's Market at the Square, located at the corner of Illinois and Vine Streets in downtown Urbana. Enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves.
Read at the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Market at the Square. Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library (PDF)

Japanese Story Time
Sunday, August 20 • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
For children of all ages and their families
Join us for 45 minutes of Japanese Story Time. Through stories, songs, and a craft, Mr. Doi will bring us a taste of Japanese culture. Japanese Story Time (PDF)

Bubble Blast
Tuesday, August 26 • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For all ages
Let's make some bubbles! Meet us outside the Library to enjoy some sudsy fun. Be prepared to get soaked and soapy! Bubble Blast (PDF)

Family Coloring
Monday, August 28 • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m

Children's Services (Ground Floor)
Coloring can be fun for the whole family! Come select from pages for a range of ages and get coloring in the Children's Department. This is a drop-in program. Family Coloring (PDF)