What do author Andrea Wang, jazz, and trick-or-treat books have in common? Your library!
October 2022 | News
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What do author Andrea Wang, jazz, and trick-or-treat books have in common? Your library!
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Meet Author Andrea Wang | Storytime and Q&A

Sun., Oct. 23, at 3 pm | JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL STORYTIME with acclaimed author Andrea Wang at the Main Library. She will read Watercress and The Nian Monster, followed by a Q&A.

Watercress was awarded the 2022 Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor. Her middle-grade novel, The Many Meanings of Meilan, was named a Best Book of 2021 by The New York Times. Wang’s other books, Luli and the Language of Tea, Magic Ramen, and The Nian Monster, have also received awards and starred reviews. She spent her childhood in Ohio and Boston and now lives in Colorado with her family.

Andrea Wang’s acceptance speech about Watercress for the Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor »

CU Jazz Fest at the Library

LIKE JAZZ? So do we! Enjoy performances at the library as part of the Champaign-Urbana Jazz Festival: EIU Jazz Faculty Quintet will take the stage on Sunday, October 23, at 2 pm, and on Friday, October 28, you can spend a relaxing hour listening to a Jazz Duo in the Café starting at 4:30 pm.

CU Jazz Fest at the Library

Eastern Illinois University Jazz Faculty Quintet

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CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN and autumn with a book “treat” to take home. Kids—from infants through grade 5—get to choose one free book during our weeklong Halloween Booktacular Giveaway at the Main Library and Douglass Branch from October 25–31. Just stop by and ask at the Children’s Desk!

Pumpkin Patch Parade

Wed., Oct. 26, at 9:45 & 10:30 am | ENJOY STORIES, music, and movement for children ages 3 to 5, with a parent or caregiver. This 30-minute storytime emphasizes pre-reading skills and activities. We will parade through the Children’s area after. Costumes welcome! Main Library

It’s a Howl-o-ween Party!

Sat., Oct 29, from 2–4 pm | JOIN US for an afternoon of Halloween fun with spooky stories, creepy crafts, and ghoulish games. Pick up your free book (for infants through grade 5). Costumes and kids of all ages are welcome! Main Library

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Crafty Adults | Cookies & Canvases

ONE OF OUR FAVORITE WORKSHOPS is back! Get cozy and join local artist Lori Fuller to create a beautiful acrylic painting. Fuller received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Art Education and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the U of I School of Art + Design. Sign up for a session at the Main Library (Wed., Oct. 12, at 6 pm) or at the Douglass Branch (Sat., Oct 29, at 1 pm). Each workshop is limited to 30 participants. Registration opens October 1 at 9 am.

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Business 101 with the Black Chamber of Commerce

Thu., Oct. 20, at 7 pm | JOIN WILL KYLES and Champaign County Black Chamber of Commerce to learn the best tips and tricks for starting your business in Central Illinois. Sign up to get the Zoom link for this live webinar. Kyles is a Champaign City Council member, president of the Champaign County Black Chamber of Commerce, and a serial entrepreneur.

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Fri., Oct. 28, from 6–8 pm | ARE YOU A PERFORMING ARTIST? Bring your talent, materials, and instruments—we’re going to jam! Stop by the Douglass Branch after hours to connect with other performers and try something new at Friday Night Jam Sessions. Open to instrumentalists, singers, producers, DJs, and spoken word artists. Drop by to listen or sign up to perform »

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Writer’s Workshop & Contest

ENJOY WRITING? Polish your writing skills and connect with area writers at our Writer’s Workshops at the Main Library. Entries for the 2022 Short Story Contest are due November 11. 

Writer’s Workshops · Wednesdays, 7 pm
10/5 · Story Elements: Pacing & Point of View  – Ekta Garg
10/19 · Story Elements: Conflict & Resolution – Jeanette Watts
11/2 · Finishing Your Story – Julian Parrott
11/30 · Short Story Contest Awards Ceremony & Reading

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Business & Career Workshops

LAUNCHING A BUSINESS or starting a new job? Local business owner DeShawn Williams, founder of Blackvest Money, will share insights and strategies for achieveing your goals at Financials for Entrepreneurs (October 3). Business and life coach Sparkle Sanders will help set you up for success with You Got the Job! What’s Next? (October 13). Business and career workshops meet at the Main Library.

Business Workshops »
10/3 · Financials for Entrepreneurs, 7 pm
10/13 · Market Research 101: Target Group Analysis, 12 pm
10/17 · Storytelling & Content Creation | Brand Hub Marketing Fair, 6 pm
10/20 · Small Business 101 with the Black Chamber of Commerce, 7 pm · Live webinar

Career Workshops »
10/4 · Career & Job Help, 11 am
10/13 · You Got the Job! What’s Next?, 6:30 pm

Have you tried our walk-in coworking space? The Launch Business Center is on the second floor and offers the perfect place to work remotely or host a planning session with your team.

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Tech Workshops

OUR TECH WORKSHOPS introduce computers, tablets, and more. Sign up online or by calling 217/403-2000.

Tech Workshops »
10/4 · Getting to Know iPhones & iPads, 2 pm
10/11 · Getting to Know Android Phones & Tablets, 2 pm
10/17 · Intro to Microsoft Excel, 7 pm
10/18 · Getting to Know Kindles, 2 pm
10/25 · Taking Photos with Smartphones or Tablets, 2 pm

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DURING OCTOBER, holiday titles are 50% off at the FriendShop Bookstore. Open to everyone, the shop includes more than 20,000 books, movies, and audiobooks, and is located on the lower level of the Main Library.

Most items are $2 or less. And the best part? All the money you spend goes right back to the library since the items sold are donations and the store is staffed by volunteers. Joining the Library Friends is easy. We appreciate your support!
• October 12, 14, 15 – Half-Price Sale for Members
• October 26, 28, 29 – Tag Bag Sale

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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!

Webinars on YouTube
YOU’LL FIND 400+ webinars and storytime songs available on the library’s YouTube channel.

October 2022
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CONGRATULATIONS, Lennox! A special thanks to Brooke Newell for sharing this photo and note: “Thank you for making my seven-year-old’s weekend. First library card a success!”

Event Calendar


Opening Reception for

Opening Reception for “The Art Connection”
Sun., Oct. 16, at 3 pm
Main Library

CELEBRATE “The Art Connection: Schools to Library” exhibition with kids, teens, and art teachers from:
• Central High School
• International Prep Academy
• Kenwood Elementary School
FriendShop Bookstore, elevator to lower level

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A Toast to Champaign | Welcoming New Residents
Thu., Oct. 6, at 6:30 pm
Main Library

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Coffee and a Craft: Beaded Spiders
Wed., Oct. 12, at 10:30 am
Douglass Branch

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

Project READ Tutor Training Introduction
Friday, Oct. 21, at 10 am
Main Library · Sign up »

Voting at the Library
Mon., Oct. 31, from 11 am–6 pm
Main Library
Schedule for Early Voting & Election Day »

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Gale Courses Start Monthly
NEW SESSIONS start each month for 375 online Gale Courses. Learn about human anatomy and physiology, digital photography, or conversational French—there’s something for everyone. Sessions run six weeks and are taught by college instructors. 

>> Gale Courses start Oct. 12, Nov. 16, Dec. 14
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Table Talk Book Club: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
Tue., Oct. 11, at 6:30 pm
Douglass Branch

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Cover-to-Cover Book Club: Lessons from the Edge: A Memoir by Marie Yovanovitch
Thu., Oct. 13, 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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Teen Lounge
Every day after school,
3–4:30 pm
Main Library

Teen Lounge | Early Edition
Mon., Oct. 17, from 1–2:30 pm

LOOKING for something exciting to do after school? Middle and high school students can stop by the library for activities and fun. Stop by for a special Film Workshop with Emmy-nominated filmmakers and U of I instructors (October 3, drop in 3–5:30 pm).

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DIY Kids
Wednesdays at 4 pm
Douglass Branch

October activites:
• Skeleton Hand
• Paper Chain Challenge
• Pumpkin Platform Challenge
• Spooktacular Crafts

Sat., Oct. 8, at 3 pm

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

10/6 · Remarkable Reptiles!
10/13 · Starry Night
10/20 · Physics Van
10/27 · Whoosh! Wind-Powered Toys

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SIGN UP your family for the Fall Reading Challenge for Kids & Teens, designed for infants through grade 12 students.

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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., Oct. 8, at 10 am
Mandarin & English
Main Library

Meet Author Andrea Wang | Storytime and Q&A
Sun., Oct. 23, at 3 pm
Main Library

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Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime
For infants to age 6. Meets at 11:15 am:
10/26 · Main Library
10/31 · Douglass Branch

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

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WE OFFER home delivery to Champaign residents of all ages who are unable to visit the library because of health or other conditions. The service is free and available on a temporary or long-term basis. Let us bring the library to you! How Home Delivery works »
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200 W. Green St.
Champaign, Illinois
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Fri–Sat 9–6 | Sun 12–6

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504 E. Grove St.
Champaign, Illinois
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Fri 10–6 |
Sat 10–4

FriendShop Bookstore
Elevator to lower level, Main Library
Wed, Fri, Sat 12–3

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