July 2019
The Library will be closed July 4 for Independence Day
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The Urbana Free Library's
145th Anniversary Celebration!
Saturday, July 6 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Founded in 1874, The Urbana Free Library has proudly served the people of Urbana ever since. Help us celebrate 145 years of Library service! Come listen to live music from Almost "A" Trio , explore a selection of documents and items from the Library's history presented by the Champaign County Historical Archives , play a library-themed BINGO game, enjoy anniversary crafts, food and refreshments, and more!

The celebration continues throughout the year so watch for more events in the future!

The 145th Anniversary Celebration is generously funded by  The Urbana Free Library Foundation.
Make It Mondays
Every Monday through August 19
All Day

Feeling creative? Come to the Question Desk in the Children's area (Ground Floor) for our all-day drop-in craft extravaganza! For children and their families.
Manga Club
Friday, July 5
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Satterthwaite Conference Room

Draw, watch anime, or just talk about your favorite series!
Wildlife Encounter
Thursday, July 11
11:00 a.m. - Noon
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Join  Jennifer Wick  from the Champaign County Forest Preserve District for a Wildlife Encounter, and meet a reptile from the Homer Lake Interpretive Center !
Urbanalove Summer Movie Night
Show Cats
Thursday, July 11
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Broadway Food Hall
401 N Broadway

The  Urbana Arts and Culture Program  and  The Urbana Free Library  in partnership with  Kanopy  will be screening "Show Cats" as part of the  Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights.  

This film by Mark Lewis features champion cats, human showmanship, pride, some dirty tricks, buckets of tears and jubilation as all being part of the competition as cat owners go head to head for the cat world's highest honor in "Show Cats."

Cosponsored by  25 O'Clock Brewing Company  and  Broadway Food Hall .

For a full listing of  Urbanalove Summer Movie Night  films,  click here .
Hearts Beat Loud
Wednesday, July 17
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Boneyard Creek Crossing / Corner of Race & Griggs Streets

The  Urbana Arts and Culture Program  and  The Urbana Free Library  in partnership with  Kanopy  present Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights, indoor and outdoor movie screenings throughout the summer in conjunction with Urbanalove!

This month, we're delighted to feature "Hearts Beat Loud" - not only a tribute to the joy that music can bring, but it is also a celebration of the bond between a daughter and her father. The film will screen at sundown (estimated 8:30pm). Free and open to the public.

Cosponsored by  25 O'Clock Brewing Company  and  Broadway Food Hall .

For a full listing of Urbanalove Summer Movie Night  films,  click here .
3, 2, 1 Blast Off!
Tuesday, July 16
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

For families with children ages 5 & up and the young at heart.

Join  Dave Leake , retired Director of the William M. Staerkel Planetarium , for a virtual trip to the moon in honor of the 50th anniversary of the famous Apollo 11 moon landing. How can humans live and work in the hostile environment of space?  Find out how as Dave demonstrates a real NASA space suit. Learn how the space suit developed, how it works, and how it is used to work in space during this interactive presentation.
Play Days in the Park
Thursday, July 18 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Urbana Park District

Join Library staff at the Urbana Park District's  Play Days in the Park. Enjoy activities, sign up for a Library card, and learn about Library resources!
Programming with Scratch
Friday, July 5
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Friday, July 19
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Satterthwaite Conference Room
(Ground Floor)

Come to the Library and learn beginner computer programming with  Scratch , a programming language that is used to create animation, games, and more. 

Recommended for elementary school students.

Presented by  Busey Bank .
Crafty Story Time
Saturday, July 20
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Come to this Saturday Story Time filled with books, songs, and a craft.

For children ages 2 - 6 years old and their caregivers.
Sunday, July 21 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Join us for the next installment of our  Young Artist’s Studio  featuring local artist,  Kvn Tazjea , Director of the D.O.S.E. (Dreams Orchestrated Simply by Effort) Foundation. Youth participants will try their hands at theater games designed to teach skills in the performing arts. All events in the series are free and open to the public. Dress comfortably to move.

For children ages 5 to 11 (7 and under with a caregiver).

The Young Artist's Studio  is a series of art workshops sponsored by  The Urbana Free Library  and the  The Urbana Arts & Culture Program  designed to offer youth an opportunity to explore the arts!
Family Karaoke
Monday, July 22 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Try out our new karaoke machine! You pick the song you want or bring in your own (family friendly) karaoke CD, pick up the mic and belt it out for an adoring crowd of other families! No talent needed! :) This is not a competition, just fun for the whole family.
Slither and Crawl with
Anita Purves Nature Center
Wednesday, July 24 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

For children ages 3 years and up and their families

Do you like snakes and turtles? Then, come to this program where you can interact with and touch snakes and turtles brought to The Urbana Free Library by the  Anita Purves Nature Center . You will learn many interesting facts about these reptiles.
Read at the Market
Saturday, July 27 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Market at the Square (Illinois and Vine)

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 .
Downtown Get Down
Saturday, July 27 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Urbana Park District

The  City of Urbana's Arts and Culture Program Urbana Park District 40 North 88 West Champaign County Arts Council The Urbana Free Library , and the  Urbana Business Association  are proud to present the  Downtown Get Down , a downtown events series that will take place on the 4th Saturday of the month May - August on Main Street in the heart of Downtown Urbana! The  Downtown Get Down  features live concerts, DJs, an artist’s street market, kids zone, teen maker lab, inflatables, games, live arts demos, performances, and so much more.
Baby & Toddler Yoga
Saturday, July 27
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Second Saturday Board Games
Saturday, July 13
2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Reading Room (First Floor)
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