What do The Studio, live music for kids, and a Short Story Contest have in common? Your library!
November 2022 | News
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What do The Studio, live music for kids, and a Short Story Contest have in common? Your library!
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THE LIBRARY is expanding, building an 8,000-square-foot space on the lower level of the main location, called The Studio. The design includes a makerspace, computer lab, gaming area, and recording studios. This innovative area will be utilized for library programs, including hosting teens after school. The project includes adding a public staircase to the lower level, so The Studio and FriendShop Bookstore will be accessible by both elevator and stairs. Coming Summer 2023! See architect’s sketches »

Made possible with support from the Library Foundation, Library Friends, and the City of Champaign.

Your Support Is Vital

WE PROVIDE enriching resources for community members of all ages. Your donation enhances and makes possible services like home libraries for kids, digital books and magazines, mobile wifi hotspots, The Studio expansion project, and assistance with searching for a job and starting and growing a business. Give a gift to the Champaign Public Library Foundation online or mail a check to Champaign Public Library Foundation, 200 W. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820. Your support is needed and appreciated. Thank you!

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Have you seen our Library Love videos? Karin Markovich (above) and ten more community members share why they love Champaign Public Library.

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Live Music for Kids

LIKE LIVE MUSIC? So do we! This month we are hosting two family concerts as part of our Live Music for Kids series. On Saturday, November 5, at 3 pm, Sarah Jayne Lane will perform a mix of familiar tunes for kids with her original kindie songs—a show full of music and dancing, non-stop fun, and excitement! Then come back on Saturday, November 19, at 3 pm, for Babaloo’s high-energy, over-the-top, zany concert, combining music and lots of laughter!

Babaloo – Live Music for Kids

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Short Story Contest, Awards Ceremony & Reading

DO YOU WRITE? Entries are due by November 11 for the fourth annual Short Story Contest. Three top stories will be read aloud at the Awards Ceremony & Reading (November 30 at 7 pm) and published on the library website. Grand prize includes a consultation with Ted Sanders, director of the U of I Creative Writing Program, and a headshot for your portfolio. Get contest details and read stories by previous winners on our website. Read more »

Writer’s Workshops · Wednesdays, 7 pm
11/2 · Finishing Your Story – Julian Parrott
11/30 · Short Story Contest Awards Ceremony & Reading

Matt de la Peña Talk Cancelled

WE ARE SORRY to announce that due to an unforeseen conflict with the author’s schedule, An Evening with Matt de la Peña (November 16) is cancelled. We do not expect to reschedule this event.

Tech Workshops & The Art of Podcasting

OUR TECH WORKSHOPS introduce computers, tablets, and more. This month includes Get to Know Your E-Library topics—how to access free ebooks, listen to audiobooks on Libby and Hoopla, and stream movies and music. Sign up online or by calling 217/403-2000.

Getting Started with Tech Workshops »
11/1 · E-Library: Ebooks, Audiobooks, & Magazines, 2 pm
11/8 · E-Library: Movies, Music, & More, 2 pm
11/15 · Intro to Online Shopping, 2 pm
11/21 · Intro to Microsoft PowerPoint, 7 pm
11/29 · How to Find Podcasts, 2 pm

Already comfortable with a computer? Sign up for a Specialty Tech Workshop to learn something new:

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11/14 · The Art of Podcasting, 6:30 pm – with Business Librarian Madeleine Wolske and Technology Librarian Susan Winkler

Business & Career Workshops

LAUNCHING A BUSINESS or starting a new job? We offer workshops for entrepreneurs and job seekers, or anyone interested in expanding their skills. Business and career workshops meet at the Main Library.

Business Workshops »
11/10 · How to Write a Business Plan, 12 pm
11/14 · The Art of Podcasting, 6:30 pm
12/1 · VIRTUAL: How to Improve Your Website, 12 pm
12/5 · So You Want to Start a Nonprofit, 7 pm

Career Workshops »
11/1 · Career & Job Help, drop in 11 am – 1 pm
11/10 · Essentials of Effective Communication, 6:30 pm
12/6 · Career & Job Help, drop in 11 am – 1 pm
12/8 · Find Your Fit: Identify Your Ideal Workplace Environment, 6:30 pm

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STOP BY Thursdays at 6:30 pm for weekly games, crafts, STEAM activities, and more! Family Fun Night is designed especially for families with school-aged kids. Meets at Main Library.

11/3 · Who-o-o Knows? Screech Owls
11/10 · Honoring Veterans
11/17 · Bobblehead Characters

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Gale Courses Start Monthly
NEW SESSIONS start each month for 375 online Gale Courses. Learn about mastering public speaking, digital scrapbooking, or becoming a veterinary assistant—there’s something for everyone. Sessions run six weeks and are taught by college instructors. 

>> Gale Courses start Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 18

Open Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday from 12–3 pm!
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50% Off Children’s Books at FriendShop in November

SHOP LOCAL! You’ll get 50% off all kids’ and teen items this month 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!

• November 9 & 12 – Members’ Half-Price Sale
• November 23, 25, 26 – 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!

November 2022
Event Calendar


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Medicare Help
Wednesdays from 1–5 pm
Nov. 2, 16, 30, & Dec. 7
Schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 217/403-2000. 

International Games Month Kickoff | A Toast to Champaign
• Live Action Games
• Titan Games
Thu., Nov. 3, at 6:30 pm
Main Library

Coffee and a Craft: Square Fall Wreath
Wed., Nov. 9, at 10:30 am
Douglass Branch

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Crafty Adults: Bad Art Night
Wed., Nov. 9, at 6:30 pm
Main Library · Sign up »
(30 participants) Registration opens Nov. 1.

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

Project READ Tutor Training Introduction
Friday, Nov. 18, at 10 am
Main Library · Sign up »

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Table Talk Book Club: Harlem Shuffle
by Colson Whitehead
Tue., Nov. 8, at 6:30 pm
Douglass Branch

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Cover-to-Cover Book Club: Three Girls from Bronzeville by Dawn Turner
Thu., Nov. 10, 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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LOOKING for something exciting to do after school? Middle and high school students can stop by the library for activities and fun.

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

Teen Lounge | Early Edition
Mon., Nov. 7, from 1–2:30 pm

*Champaign Unit 4 schools are closed on Nov. 8, 11, 23, 24, 25, so Teen Lounge will not be offered those days.

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Parade of Lights Shoebox Float Factory
Sun., Nov. 6, from 1–4 pm
Main Library

Sat., Nov. 12, at 3 pm

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DIY Kids
Wednesdays at 4 pm
Douglass Branch

Activites include:
• Rollercoasters
• Music Mania
• Turkey Circuits
• Plastic Cup Stacking
• Articulated Grabber

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SIGN UP your family for the Fall Reading Challenge. Infants, kids, and teens can win prize books and more!


10 Storytimes Every Week!
For infants to age 5

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East Asian Bilingual Storytime
Sat., Nov. 19, at 10 am
Japanese & English
Main Library

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:
11/28 · Douglass Branch
11/30 · Main Library


BOTH LOCATIONS will be closed Friday, November 11, for staff training, and Thursday, November 24, for Thanksgiving Day.

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Helping You Connect with Your Family Heritage

INTERESTED in finding out more about your heritage? Stop by the library for free access to Ancestry Library Edition. You’ll be able to search US census records (1790–1940) and passenger lists, plus military listings going back to the Revolutionary War. This resource includes millions of people, along with digitized city directories and yearbooks. Access is available at both locations using your own device or one of the library’s 100+ computers. You could also try Ancestry’s “Free Index” Collections from home. Questions? We can help!

Want one-on-one assistance? Book-a-Librarian »


Main Library
200 W. Green St.
Champaign, Illinois
Mon–Thu 9–9
Fri–Sat 9–6 | Sun 12–6

Douglass Branch
504 E. Grove St.
Champaign, Illinois
Mon–Thu 10–8
Fri 10–6 |
Sat 10–4

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

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Champaign Public Library
200 W. Green St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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