February 2021
The Library building is opening February 1.
Click here to learn more about services available.
The Library will closed all day Monday, February 15
in observance of President's Day.
Corner Bookmark
Take-Home Kit
February 1 and February 16
All Day

Make your own corner bookmark with this take-home craft kit! Already made one? After the 1st and 15th of every month, you can get a new and different corner bookmark. Collect them all! (First come, first serve. Available while supplies last.)

Pick one up at the Question Desk in the Children's Area or call 217-367-4057 to schedule a Curbside Pickup. Just ask for the Corner Bookmark Kit.
Family Craft Kit
Monday, February 1
All Month

Need a craft or something fun to make?

Come to the Library to take home an activity kit. Pick one up at the Question Desk in the Children's Area or call 217-367-4057 to schedule a Curbside Pickup. Just ask for the Family Activity Kit. (Available while supplies last).
Books and Bounces!
February 2, 9, 16, & 23
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Join us for Books and Bounces!, a special Zoom edition of Babies’ Lap Time for babies and their caregivers.

As with our in-person baby programs, we’ll practice early literacy skills in a playful, supportive environment filled with bounces, music, rhymes, and of course, books! We can’t wait to see you there!  

Register here:
Teen Book Club
February 2, 9, 16, & 23
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Join our Teen Book Club where members get to choose the books that we read. Have a book you want to discuss? Let us know and we'll add it to the list! And if you don't have a copy of the book already, we'll provide one for you. Each week, we discuss a section of the book we're currently reading. Discussions are casual and fun, so come by to hang out and talk about great books!

To get a copy of the book we'll be reading, please register for the event and then schedule a Curbside Pickup appointment by calling 367-4405.

2/2: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (Page/chapter breakdown TBD)
2/9: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (Page/chapter breakdown TBD)
2/16: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (Page/chapter breakdown TBD)
2/23: Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon & Dean Hale (first half)

If you’d like to know what book we’re on or need a copy, please email jkahle@urbanafree.org.

Register here:
Crafty Story Time
February 3, 10, 17, & 24 • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Join us for the Zoom edition of Crafty Story Time for young children from ages 2-5! As with our in-person story time programs, we'll practice early literacy skills in a playful, supportive environment filled with music, rhymes, active learning, and of course, books! We'll also have a fun craft. All you'll need are scissors, paper, glue, and crayons. We can’t wait to see you there!

Register here:
Homework Help
February 10 & 24
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Need assistance with your homework or having trouble figuring out some concepts? Come join volunteers from Volunteer Illini Projects every other Wednesday to work together, while also having fun, in getting school work done.

Volunteers will be present to help elementary and middle school students with questions ranging from math and science to reading. Register to get your Zoom link!

Liliana Perez is the Daycare Project Director of Volunteer Illini Projects, a student-run organization, committed to peace, unity, and change. This project helps serve the community to provide a free space of learning and growing for kids. 
PreK Tales
February 4, 11, 18, & 25
10:00 - 10:20 a.m.

Join us for the Zoom edition of Preschool Story Time! As with our in-person preschool programs, we'll practice pre-reading skills in a playful, supportive environment filled with music, rhymes, active learning, and of course, books! We can’t wait to see you there!

Register here:
Teen Online Lab
February 4, 11, 18, & 25
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Join Teen Librarians for fun projects and activities! Staff from the CU Fab Lab will join us most weeks. Make sure to register in advance, because some projects will require picking up a pre-made kit from the Library before the program begins. 

To join Teen Online Lab you must register online. We'll send you the Zoom information using the email you use to register.

Click here to register and to read more about the weekly activities:
Unmasked: Writers of Oya Book Release
Friday, February 5
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The talented Writers of Oya are celebrating the release of their first book, Unmasked.  Join us at this Facebook event to hear their poetry and learn more about their experiences and what they want to tell the world.  Come celebrate their work and learn how you can get your own a copy of their newly released book.

The Writers of Oya project aims to teach middle school girls, particularly girls of color, how to compose poetry as a skill to both express and assert themselves. Poet Ashanti Files moderates the group.

Tune in to our Facebook page for the event.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Urbana Arts and Culture Program.
Online Chess Club for Kids
February 6, 13, 20, & 27
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Come play chess online!

Join TUFL staff and volunteers for Virtual Chess Club on Saturdays from 3:30-5 p.m. 
We will use the free website lichess.org to play together. Lichess.org 
requires an account to be created by someone who is 18+ years old. Please have a parent or guardian create the account before we meet.

Register here:
Latin American Story Time
Saturday, February 13
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
For children of all ages and their caregivers
Para niños de todas las edades y sus familias.

Stories in Quecha and English!

Come with your children to the virtual program Latin American Story Time to listen to the bilingual storytelling of a book in English and a Latin American language, and sing traditional songs!

¡Los esperamos con sus niños a participar en el programa virtual Latin American Story Time para escuchar la narración bilingüe de un libro en inglés y un idioma de Latinoamérica, y cantar canciones tradicionales!

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois.

Creativebug Sampler!: Love Bugs
Saturday, February 13
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Feeling crafty? Join us for a Creativebug Sampler!

Try out one of Creativebug's projects and find inspiration for even more ways to get crafty! After registering, you may pick up your craft packet beginning February 6 at the Questions Desk in the Children's Area or through a Curbside Pickup appointment.
Creativebug is your go-to resource for high-quality, on-trend arts and crafts instructional videos, free with your library card through the Library's website.

Jump Into Science: Kinetic Sand
Saturday, February 20
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Do you love science experiments? Then join us to create your own kinetic sand!

Have fun with science in this Jump Into Science series presented by the Graduate Society of Women Engineers at the U of I in collaboration with The Urbana Free Library. Participants will make kinetic sand, which unlike regular sand, sticks together and can be molded into different shapes.

Participants who register can schedule a Curbside Pickup to get a kinetic sand kit at The Urbana Free Library (available starting February 10th), and join the Zoom meeting on February 20th. Registrants will receive their Zoom link on the day of the program.
Call 217-367-4057 to schedule a Curbside Pickup. Just ask for the Jump Into Science: Kinetic Sand Kit.

Thank you to the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) for partnering with The Urbana Free Library to make this program possible. Engineers and scientists contribute to the betterment of society by identifying and solving technical problems, and GradSWE advocates for women in graduate education so that they can confidently excel at the frontier of scientific advancement.
Young Artist's Studio:
Create Chinese Paper Fans!
Sunday, February 21
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
For children ages 5 to 11 and their families.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Young Artist's Studio.

Join us for the next installment of VIRTUAL Young Artist's Studio!
Come learn about the craft of making Chinese Paper Fans! Join us for the next installment of our Young Artist’s Studio with University of Illinois student Natalie Wess, who will introduce our young participants to handmade red fans inspired by the story of the Chinese Lunar New Year. By the end, participants will have a beautifully decorated fan to keep!

The Young Artist's Studio is a series of art workshops sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and The Urbana Arts & Culture Program designed to offer youth an opportunity to explore the arts. All events in the series are free and open to the public. 

We can’t wait to see you there! Please register here. We’ll email a link and a phone number to the email you provide in your registration so that you can join us online with Zoom.
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