What do juggling, signing up to see Doris Kearns Goodwin, and the Read-a-palooza finale have in common? Your library!
August 2022 | News
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What do juggling, signing up to see Doris Kearns Goodwin, and the Read-a-palooza finale have in common? Your library!
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LIBRARY LOVE from this new cardholder’s mom: “Someone picked out their very own library card today! It’s a special moment for me because my mom took me to the same library 20+ years ago! We spent so many happy moments checking out books and attending events for kids. The woman who helped us register the card was the same person who drove the bookmobile when I was a kid. She’s also the same person who assisted me as a child getting my books. Loving these special moments.”

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Read-a-palooza Finale!
Sun., Aug. 14, from 12–3 pm | ENJOY LIVE MUSIC, bubbles galore, and free icy treats—at the Read-a-palooza Summer Reading Finale. Featured entertainers include Wildwood String Band sharing bluegrass tunes (12–1 pm, front porch) and Kittens Incorporated performing breezy pop songs (1–3 pm, west lawn). Hands-on bubble stations will be set up  in the parking lot. Don’t miss the roving magician and stilt walker. Hope to see you there, so we can celebrate the end of Summer Reading together!

(Still haven’t signed up? It’s not too late to join the  Read-a-palooza! Summer Reading Challenge for all ages.)

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Sign Up Starting September 1 for Doris Kearns Goodwin Talk
Thu., Sep. 29, at 7 pm | WE ARE THRILLED to host world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, as our next Great Authors at the Library speaker. Registration is required. Sign up starting September 1 at 9 am. You can sign up online or give us a call at (217) 403-2000 to reserve a spot for yourself and one guest. Our special seating on the second floor accommodates 350 guests. We expect registration to fill quickly, so mark your calendar! Sign up »

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Comedy Juggler Troy Roark
Sat., Aug. 6, at 3 pm | DO YOU LOVE juggling? Enjoy a family show by Troy Roark—filled with fantastic juggling, miraculous magic, and laugh-you-out-of-your-seat comedy. Part of the Read-a-palooza Summer Series. Meets at Main Library.

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Exploring African American Oral Histories

Sat., Aug. 13, at 2 pm | JOIN US to learn about the lived experiences of African Americans in Champaign County through the oral histories found in the Doris K. Wylie Hoskins Archive. Enjoy the opportunity to listen to stories from the archive and share conversation with community leaders who will contextualize these historical gems. Presented in partnership with the Museum of the Grand Prairie and Champaign Park District. Part of CU Days in the Park (August 12-13, Douglass Park).

>> Interested in learning more? Watch Hidden Stories: History of African Americans in Champaign County (February 2022, 60 min) presented by Angela M. Rivers and Dr. Barbara Suggs-Mason

Above: Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, circa 1900. Courtesy of Doris K. Wylie Hoskins Collection, Museum of the Grand Prairie, in Mahomet.

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Pick Up Read-a-palooza Prizes

JOIN 3,500 community readers for the all-ages Read-a-palooza! Summer Reading Challenge. It’s not too late! Prizes include books, mood pencils and rainbow walking springs for kids, plus restaurant coupons and a cool tumbler for teens. Adult readers can win grand prize gift baskets (up to $375 value!)—with food, music, and technology themes plus swag from local businesses. Sign up!

Friday Night Jam Session!

Fri., Aug. 26, at 6 pm | ARE YOU A PERFORMING ARTIST? We want to give you the chance to shine.  Bring your talent, materials, and instruments—we’re going to JAM! We meet the fourth Friday of the month, after hours at the Douglass Branch. You’ll have a chance to connect with other performers and try something new. Open to instrumentalists, singers, producers, DJs, and spoken word artists. Special guest: DJ I.C.Dré. Drop by to listen or sign up to perform »

Made possible with support from Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, Champaign County Mental Health Board, and Champaign County Community Coalition Summer Initiative. 

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LIKE TO WRITE? Hone your skills at one of our Writer’s Workshops at the Main Library. This month, you can Learn to Write a Memorable Mystery (August 3) from master mystery author Molly MacRae or join us for the summer edition of Writer’s Lounge (August 17) to connect with other writers. Find Fall series announcement and Short Story Contest details on our website.

Tech Workshops

OUR TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS introduce computers, tablets, and more. This month includes Getting to Know Windows Computers (August 2) and Getting to Know Apple Computers (August 23), plus learning the best way to organize and store your digital files. Sign up online or by calling 217/403-2000.

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Job Seekers & Entrepreneurs

LOOKING FOR A JOB or launching a business? Local leader and coach Sparkle Sanders will share five essential strategies for Igniting the Leader Within You (August 1) at a not-to-be-missed workshop. Enjoy snacks and a chance to chat with local movers and shakers at Let’s Network! on August 18 (meets at Lodgic, 1807 S. Neil St., Champaign). Starting or growing a nonprofit? Get your questions answered at Go-To Tips for Getting Grants (August 4). Career and business workshops meet at the Main Library.

Get that Job! Workshops »
8/2 · Career Open House, 10 am
8/9 · Ask an Employer | City of Champaign, 10 am
8/11 · Networking 101, 7 pm
8/16 · Career Resources at the Library, 10 am
8/18 · Resume Drop-In, 4–5 pm
8/18 · Let’s Network!, 5:30 pm · Sign up »

Start & Grow Your Business Workshops »
8/1 · Igniting the Leader Within You, 7 pm
8/4 · Go-To Tips for Getting Grants, 1 pm
8/11 · Networking 101, 7 pm
8/15 · Holiday Marketing Strategy, 7 pm
8/18 · Let’s Network!, 5:30 pm · Sign up »
8/25 · Q&A with The Brand Hub, 12 pm

We also offer Book-a-Librarian appointments for one-on-one consultations. Hope to see you at the library soon!

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FriendShop Bookstore Sales

DURING AUGUST, educators can save 50% off everything at the FriendShop Bookstore. Located on the lower level of the Main Library, the shop includes more than 20,000 books, movies, and audiobooks. Most items are $2 or less. And the best part? All the money you spend goes right back to the library! Open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 12–3 pm.
• August 17, 19, 20 – Half-Price Sale for Members
• August 24, 26, 27 – Tag Bag Sale, take home a bag of books for just $1

Interested in helping? Library Friends memberships start at $10. We also need assistance during shop hours. Volunteer »

August 2022
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CONGRATULATIONS to Zhasmin and Amina on completing the Summer Reading Challenge! And thank you to their mom for sharing this delightful photo from a recent visit to pick up prizes.

Event Calendar


Comedy Juggler Troy Roark
Sat., Aug. 6, at 3 pm
Main Library

Read-a-palooza! Summer Reading Finale
Sun., Aug. 14, from 12–3 pm

DIY Kids
Wednesdays at 4 pm
Douglass Branch

Topics include:
• Float Your Boat Challenge
• Plastic Bag Jump Rope
• Duct Tape Pouches
• Newspaper Shoe Challenge
• Paper Folding

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Artsy Smartsy Kids
Thursdays at 3 pm
For grades 1–5
8/4 · Evaporative Art
8/11 · Paper Plate Flying Saucer
Main Library

Read-a-palooza! reading log for kids with balloon graphics and juggling pig character
IT’S NOT TOO LATE to read and win prizes! Ends August 14. Sign up for the Read-a-palooza! Summer Reading Challenge »
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10 Storytimes Every Week!
For infants to age 5

Make & Take for Preschoolers
Thursdays at 10 am
Main Library

Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime
For infants to age 6. Meets at 11:15 am:
8/29 · Douglass Branch
8/31 · Main Library

TO LEARN favorite storytime songs and rhymes at home, watch our videos on YouTube or Facebook.

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Crafty Drop-in for Teens
Tue., Aug. 2 & 9, from 1–4 pm

Teen Lounge
Every day after school starting August 18
3–4:30 pm

LOOKING for something exciting to do after school? Middle and high school students can stop by the library for activities and fun. Meets at Main Library in the Robeson Pavilion.

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Coffee and a Craft: Marble Mug
Wed., Aug. 10, at 10:30 am
Douglass Branch

Exploring African American Oral Histories
Sat., Aug. 13, at 2 pm
Douglass Branch

Networking 101
Thu., Aug. 11, at 7 pm
Main Library

Let’s Network!
Thu., Aug. 18, at 5:30 pm
Snack and chat with local movers and shakers. Meets at Lodgic, 1807 S. Neil St., Champaign
Sign up »

Project READ Tutoring 
Fridays, drop in 9:30–11:30 am
Main Library

Project READ Tutor  Introduction
Fri., Aug. 19, at 12 pm
Main Library

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Friday Night Jam Session!
Fri., Aug. 26, at 6 pm
Fourth Fridays
Douglass Branch
Sign up to perform »

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Gale Courses Start Monthly
NEW SESSIONS start each month for 375 online Gale Courses. Learn how to use QuickBooks, start an edible garden, or gain an understanding of sign language—there’s something for everyone. Sessions run six weeks and are taught by college instructors. 

>> Gale Courses start Aug. 17, Sep. 14, Oct. 12
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Cover-to-Cover Book Club: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Thu., Aug. 11, at 1:30 pm
Main Library

What Should My Book Club Read Next? We have 23 recommended reads available for your next get-together.

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WHAT’S NEW? Reserve New Releases online or give us a call at 217/403-2000. We’ll let you know when your hold items are ready for pickup!

Watch Webinars Anytime
YOU CAN WATCH 400+ webinars and storytime songs anytime on the library’s YouTube channel.

Free Magazines?!
DID YOU KNOW you can read your favorite magazines using the Libby library app? Your library card gives you free access to 3,000 digital magazines. You’ll save on The New Yorker ($199.99/year), Rolling Stone ($95/year), and much more, with unlimited access to current and recent back issues, including magazines in Spanish, French, and Chinese. Already have Libby? Just search and borrow. You can narrow your search by topic or language. Or give us a call at 217/403-2000. New to Libby? Start here »  
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