January 2019
Library closings this month:
Tuesday, January 1 and Monday, January 21
Upcoming Events
Time for Winter Reading!
There's still plenty of time to sign up for Winter Reading! Stop by the Question Desk on the ground floor or the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor to get your reading log today!


Winter Reads Book Club
MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room

January 12 at 11:00 a.m.
January 26 at 11:00 a.m.
Find all January events here.
Drag Queen Story Hour Returns!
January 6 - 3:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

This fun and fabulous all-ages event features local drag queens reading children's stories and doing crafts. Expect sparkles, glamorous dress-up, and a friendly atmosphere.

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) was developed by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions. Many libraries host DQSR events as a way of celebrating diversity, building empathy, and helping to curb bullying of LGBTQ kids.

This event is co-sponsored by the UP Center of Champaign County.
Saturday, January 5
The Library is completing a network upgrade.
We will not have computers, internet, WiFi, or phones.
Bring your Library card to check out.
Please see a staff members for help locating items.
Urbana Otaku Manga Club
January 4 - 4:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Teens - join us! All things manga - draw, watch anime, or just talk about your favorite series!


Second Saturday Board Games
January 12 - 2:00 p.m.
MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room

Join us for this monthly drop-in program for all ages. Choose a game to play from the library's collection of board games for adults and families. We have some old classics like  Go and  Backgammon , as well as new favorites like deck-building  Dominion  and treasure-hunting  Tobago . Never heard of 'em? No problem. We'll have staff and volunteers standing by to lead demonstrations of how to play. Grab a beverage at the cafe and spend an enjoyable afternoon playing games with friends at the library.
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Chess + For Kids New Year Party
January 5 - 3:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Say farewell to the old year and ring in the new year by playing chess or other board games! Kids, ages 5 and up & caregivers are welcome. Kids 7 and under need an accompanying adult. Light refreshments (while they last) will be provided. 


Also join us for Chess + For Kids:
  • January 12 - 3:30 p.m.
  • January 19 - 3:30 p.m.
  • January 26 - 3:30 p.m.
Urbana Arts Grant-Writing Workshop
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January 17 - noon
Lewis Auditorium

Join the staff of the Urbana Public Arts Program for a workshop on the Urbana Arts Grant program and learn what makes a strong grant application. Connect with others interested in seeking collaborators and funding for new arts initiatives in our city! This *free* workshop invites local artists and organizations to learn more about the program and learn tips and tricks for a strong grant application. 

The Urbana Public Arts Program awards nearly $50,000 in grant support each cycle to selected projects in a diversity of mediums including creative writing, dance, film, video, music, theatre, visual arts, crafts, performing arts, spoken word, environmental arts, multimedia arts, architectural arts, landscape architecture, and emerging media.

For more information, click here .
Coffee with the Mayor
January 18 - 9:00 a.m.
Busey-Mills Reading Room

You are invited to join us for coffee, conversation, and a chance to hear news about Urbana.

This is an opportunity to talk with the Mayor in a relaxed and comfortable setting. If you would like to discuss issues, share ideas, ask questions, and connect in a friendly, casual environment, please stop by. Mayor Marlin is looking forward to meeting with you!

The event is FREE to attend and all are welcome! 
UFLive! Presents The Joey Glassman Trio with Kevin Hart
January 20 - 2:00 p.m.
Busey-Mills Reading Room

Vibraphonist Joey Glassman is joined by Crystal Rebone (Bass), James Sims (Drums), and special guest Kevin Hart (Vibraphone). 

Joey Glassman is a professional Jazz vibraphonist, percussionist, composer, and educator. With over 20 years experience, he has been performing all over the Champaign-Urbana and Denver areas with ensembles and artists such as Chip McNeill, Donnie Heitler, Jeff Helgesen, Brad Wheeler, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, The Sinfonia da Camera, and The Colorado Symphony.

UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months and are made possible by the generous support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation .
Celebrate Books with Will Hillenbrand, Children's Book Author!
January 20 - 3:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Join us as we celebrate books with Will Hillenbrand, popular children's picture book creator of over 70 books, including the  Bear and Mole  series,  Snowman’s Story , and many other favorites. Through his interactive presentation, Mr. Hillenbrand will share his process of book creation with families, followed by a book signing. To learn more about Mr. Hillenbrand's writing and drawing, visit his website .

Will Hillenbrand’s visit is generously sponsored by  The Urbana Free Library Foundation .
Children's Programs
Babies' Lap Time: Lewis Auditorium
  • January 8, 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
  • January 12, 11 a.m.
  • January 15, 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
  • January 22, 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
  • January 29, 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Toddler Time: Lewis Auditorium
  • January 2, 10 a.m.
  • January 9, 10 a.m.
  • January 16, 10 a.m.
  • January 23, 10 a.m.
  • January 30, 10 a.m.

Preschool Story Time, Lewis Auditorium
  • January 3, 10 a.m.
  • January 10, 10 a.m.
  • January 17, 10 a.m.
  • January 24, 10 a.m.
  • January 31, 10 a.m.

Let's Make Music Together, Lewis Auditorium
  • January 9, 11 a.m.

Crafty Story Time, Lewis Auditorium
  • January 19, 11 a.m.

Baby and Toddler Yoga, Lewis Auditorium
  • January 19, noon

Japanese Story Time, Megan's Reading Room
  • January 26, 2 p.m.
Young Artist's Studio: Color Collage
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January 27 - 3:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

Join us for the next installment of our  Young Artist’s Studio , featuring local artist, ElizaBeth Simpson. Youth participants will create their own color collages through a guided exercise using assorted colorful scraps of paper and their own imaginations. Each participant will have a collage to take home at the end. Arts supplies are provided. Dress comfortably and get ready to roll up those sleeves!

The  Young Artist's Studio  is a series of art workshops sponsored by  The Urbana Free Library  and the  Urbana Public Arts Program  designed to offer youth an opportunity to explore the arts.  

All events in the series are free and open to the public.   For children ages 5 to 11 (7 and under with a caregiver).
Teen Open Lab: Most Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons after 3:00 p.m. Music recording, 3D printing, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, film-making, or just hanging out!
The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
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