What do author Doris Kearns Goodwin, rope tricks, and getting a card have in common? Your library!
September 2022 | News
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What do author Doris Kearns Goodwin, rope tricks, and getting a card have in common? Your library!

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An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin

Thu., Sep. 29, at 7 pm | WE ARE THRILLED to present Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author, as our next Great Authors at the Library speaker. She has authored seven critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling books, including Leadership in Turbulent Times. Her award-winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln was the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s hit film Lincoln. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the presentation.

Both locations will close at 5 pm to prepare. The Main Library will reopen at 6 pm exclusively for this event.

>> Doris Kearns Goodwin books at the library

Registration is required. You can sign up online or give us a call at 217/403-2000 to reserve a spot for yourself and one guest. Sign up starting September 1 »

Made possible with support from the Library Foundation and Library Friends.

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Sat., Sep. 3, at 3 pm | WATCH “THE WHIP GUY” perform daring tricks and intricate double-handed stunts—all while moving a bullwhip at speeds in excess of 900 miles an hour! Chris Camp’s show includes a little bit of history and physics, plus lots of jokes. Presented at the Main Library.

September Is Library Card Sign-up Month

“THE LIBRARY is where your imagination sings!” With a card, you can explore all the library has to offer—including new books, take-home technology like Wonderbooks, hotspots, and iPads, plus 250,000 ebooks, audiobooks, and movies. If you sign up during September, you’ll get a free coffee or bottled beverage from the Library Café, in addition to a library tote and free book from the FriendShop Bookstore. Sign up online or just stop by!

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Idina Menzel, Tony Award–winning performer, and her sister Cara Mentzel, author and educator, are joining libraries nationwide this month to promote the magic of library cards.

Get a card

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Tue., Sep. 13, at 6:30 pm | LEARN TIPS AND TRICKS for how to stand up for your neighbors in the face of adversity. This interactive workshop will be led by Michelle Naese and Jacob Longaker from the University of Illinois Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations. Presented in partnership with the New American Welcome Center at the University YMCA and the U of I Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations as part of Welcoming Week. Meets at Main Library.

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Questions About Medicare?

Wed., Sep. 14, at 10 am | JOIN US for a cup of coffee and learning the basics of Medicare. Adani Sanchez, Client Services Coordinator for Champaign County Health Care Consumers, will offer an overview and answer questions about Medicare’s Open Enrollment (October 15–December 7). Representatives from CRIS Healthy Aging Center will also share resources.

Need one-on-one assistance applying for Medicare? We can help! To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 217/403-2000 or schedule using our appointment calendar. Meetings will take place at the Main Library.

>> Sign up for Medicare Help

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Fall Reading Challenge Starts September 1

DO YOUR KIDS like to win prize books? The Fall Reading Challenge for Kids & Teens (September 1–December 15) starts soon. We invite infants through Grade 5 students to Get Fired Up About Reading! Middle and high school students can also read to win! Sign up starting September 1 »

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Fall Season for Tuesdays at Ten

Tuesdays at Ten | Exploring The Thames | JOIN US for an eight-week journey (9/6–10/25) with local historian Fred Christensen as he takes us along The Thames River to learn about the sights and surprises around every bend—including the history, literature, nature, art, music, and archaeology. Each week will be a new topic related to the unique and historic river that flows through the English heartland. Meets at the Main Library on Tuesdays at 10 am.

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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 get guidance on Where to Begin (9/7) with Molly MacRae and learn about Story Elements: Setting and Suspense (9/21) from Andrea Siewicki. Find details about the rest of the Fall workshops and annual Short Story Contest on our website.

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Job Seekers & Entrepreneurs

LOOKING FOR A JOB or launching a business? Career coach Denise Renee Poindexter will help you stay motivated with Where to Start? Career Changes, Job Searches, and You (9/8). During Welcoming Week, stop by for an Introduction to Business Services at the library—offered in Chinese, Spanish, and French (9/15). Career and business workshops meet at the Main Library.

Get that Job!
9/6 · Career & Job Help, 11 am – 1 pm
9/8 · Where to Start? Career Changes, Job Searches, and You, 6:30 pm
9/22 · Professional Headshots, 5 pm / EVENT FULL

Start & Grow Your Business
9/15 · Introduction to Business Services:
• 12 pm –  圖書館商業資源 (in Chinese)
• 12:45 pm – Recursos Empresariales (in Spanish)
• 1:30 pm – Ressources Commerciales (in French)
9/19 · Design Your Logo with Canva, 7 pm
9/27 · Board Bootcamp: Secrets to Successful Fundraising, 4 pm
9/29 · ARTrepreneurship: Holiday Markets, 12 pm · Live webinar. Sign up »

We also offer Book-a-Librarian appointments for one-on-one consultations.

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Tech Workshops

OUR TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS introduce computers, tablets, and more. This month includes Intro to the Internet, Parts I & II (9/13 & 20), a chance to learn the basics about Microsoft Word (9/19), and Intro to Streaming Services (9/27). We provide the laptop, so all you need to bring are your questions! Tech Workshops meet at the Main Library. Sign up online or by calling 217/403-2000.

Like to learn at your own pace? Your library card gives you free access to thousands of courses on LinkedIn Learning and Gale Courses. You can also watch 40+  Tech Workshops on the library’s YouTube channel.

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FriendShop Bookstore Sales

DURING SEPTEMBER, students save 50% off already low prices at the FriendShop Bookstore! Located on the lower level of the Main Library, the shop includes more than 20,000 used 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. 
• September 14, 16, 17 – Half-Price Sale for Members
• September 21, 23, 24 – Tag Bag Sale, take home a bag of books for just $1

Want to help? Library Friends memberships start at $10. We also appreciate assistance during shop hours. Volunteer »

Closed Labor Day & Closing Early September 29

THE LIBRARY will be closed Monday, September 5. We’re closing both locations early on Thursday, September 29 at 5 pm, in order to set up for a talk by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The Main Library will reopen at 6 pm for seating and book sales.

Closing Early info

September 2022
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BOTH LOCATIONS will close early Thursday, September 29, at 5 pm. The Main Library will reopen at 6 pm for Doris Kearns Goodwin’s talk.
Event Calendar


The Whip Guy
Sat., Sep. 3, at 3 pm
Main Library

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Sat., Sep. 10, at 3 pm
Second Saturdays
For school-age kids
Main Library

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The Astounding Laura Ernst, Kinetic Artist
Sat., Sep. 24, at 3 pm
Main Library

DIY Kids
Wednesdays at 4 pm
Douglass Branch

Topics include catapults, paper airplane challenge, popsicle stick art, and kaleidoscopes.

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Family Fun Night
Thursdays at 6:30 pm
For grades 1–5

9/1 · Critter Mania with special guests from the Champaign County Humane Society
9/8 · Hedgehog Book Sculpture
9/15 · 3D Paper Sculptures
9/22 · Pirate Party!
Main Library

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10 Storytimes Every Week!
For infants to age 5

Make & Take for Preschoolers
Thursdays at 10 am
Main Library

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East Asian Bilingual Storytime
Sat., Sep. 17, at 10 am
Presented in Japanese & English, featuring Mid-Autumn Festival activities and reading Thanking the Moon by Grace Lin

Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime
For infants to age 6. Meets at 11:15 am:
9/26 · Douglass Branch
9/28 · Main Library

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Teen Lounge
Every day after school,
3–4:30 pm

LOOKING FOR something fun for after school? Stop by Teen Lounge for crafting, gaming, 3D printing, and more—all designed especially for middle and high school students. On Unit 4 early release Mondays (9/12), Teen Lounge starts at 1 pm. Meets at Main Library.

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The Fall Reading Challenge for Teens starts September 1!

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Yoga for Beginners
Thu., Sep. 1, at 6:30 pm
Main Library

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Advanced Care Planning
Thu., Sep. 8, at 10 am
Main Library

Coffee and a Craft: Wrap Bracelets
Wed., Sep. 14, at 10:30 am
Douglass Branch

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Crafty Adults: Felt Flower Mobile
Wed., Sep. 14, at 6:30 pm
Main Library
Sign up »

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Friday Night Jam Session
Fri., Sep. 23, from 6–8 pm
Fourth Fridays
Douglass Branch
Sign up to perform »

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

Project READ Tutor  Introduction
Fri., Sep. 23, at 12 pm
Main Library

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Gale Courses Start Monthly
NEW SESSIONS start each month for 375 online Gale Courses, including Speed Spanish and how to write grants. Sessions run six weeks and are taught by college instructors. Gale Courses start Sep. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 16 »
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Cover-to-Cover Book Club: A Molecule Away from Madness: Tales of the Hijacked Brain by Sara Manning Peskin
Thu., Sep. 8, at 1:30 pm
Main Library

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Table Talk Book Club: Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis
Tue., Sep. 13, at 6:30 pm
Douglass Branch

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!

Your Library on YouTube
YOU CAN WATCH 400+ library webinars and storytime songs anytime on our YouTube channel.

Summer Success! 3,843 Community Members
CONGRATULATIONS! We had record participation this year—3,843 community members joined the READ-A-PALOOZA Summer Reading Challenge. Kids and teens took home more than 4,000 prize books! Grand prize gift baskets for adults will be announced in early September.
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FriendShop Bookstore
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Wed, Fri, Sat 12–3

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