What do harps, starting a nonprofit, and puzzle races have in common? Your library!
December 2022 | News
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What do harps, starting a nonprofit, and puzzle races have in common? Your library!

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Harps at the Library

ENJOY AN EVENING of harp music in the library lobby on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 pm. Performers from the Roslyn Rensch Central Illinois Chapter of the American Harp Society will entertain you with favorite holiday and wintry tunes.

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Want to Start a Nonprofit?

Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 pm | INTERESTED IN STARTING your own nonprofit but not sure where to begin? Join a panel of nonprofit leaders and listen to their journey, how they got established, and the best tricks in the biz! This presentation will feature time for a Q&A and networking.

Panelists include Jenette Jurczyk, president of The Family Room, Genevieve Kirk, director of Center for Nonprofit Excellence at the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, and Mark Pelmore, CEO and president of Business Elevator. Meets at the Main Library. Read more »

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Puzzle Race

Sun., Dec. 11, from 1–3 pm | COMPETE WITH YOUR TEAM of 4 to finish a 500-piece puzzle. All ages welcome. Meets at the Main Library. Sign up »

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Read to the Dogs

Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 am | AT THIS MONTH’s Read to the Dogs, kids have a chance to read their favorite books to some of the best listeners—Greyhounds from our local “Greyt Readers” group. Meets at the Main Library.

Thank you for Your Support

WE APPRECIATE your support! Support from community members allows us to enrich our resources and services, providing more mobile wifi hotspots, books for kids to keep, career help, storytimes, and digital books and magazines.

You can show your Library Love with a donation to the Champaign Public Library Foundation.

Donate today

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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 the Main Library.

12/1 · Paper Bag Gingerbread Houses
12/8 · Board Games!
12/15 · Celebrating Winter Holidays
12/22 · Let It Snow! Gigantic 3D Snowflakes
12/29 · Peaceful Puzzling

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Pick Up Your Prize Books

DECEMBER 15 marks the end of the Fired Up About Reading! Challenge. A record number of 1109 infants, kids, and teens are currently participating—and it’s not too late to sign up! Already finished? Stop by to pick up your prize.

Give While You Shop

SIGN UP with Amazon to give while you shop. You can help the library by making your purchases through AmazonSmile. A portion of the purchase price (0.5%) will go to the library, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile has the same products and prices as Amazon.com. Sign up for AmazonSmile »

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Tech Workshops

OUR TECH WORKSHOPS introduce computers, tablets, and more. This month’s focus is on social media, including introductions to TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook (Tuesdays, 2 pm). You can sign up online or give us a call at 217/403-2000. We are happy to help!

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

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12/12 · Specialty Tech: Intro to Motion Graphics with Adobe After Effects, 6:30 pm – with instructor Adam Rahn, owner of Droi Media

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For Job Seekers & Entrepreneurs

NEED HELP looking for job or launching a business? This month you can get your questions about website design answered by experts from Pixo at a live webinar (December 1). Sign up to get the Zoom link. The rest of the December career and business workshops meet at the Main Library.

Start & Grow Your Business
12/1 · VIRTUAL: How to Improve Your Website, 12 pm
12/5 · So You Want to Start a Nonprofit, 7 pm

Get that Job! · Tuesdays
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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FriendShop Gift Certificates

GIFT CERTIFICATES are available year-round 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 titles 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!

Open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 12–3 pm
• December 14, 16, & 17 – Members’ Half-Price Sale
• December 28 & 30 – 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!

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We love this photo of storytime at the Douglass Branch! Thank you to @jel_2 for tagging us and sharing on Instagram.

December 2022
Event Calendar


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Family Play Day!
Sat., Dec. 3, from 1–4 pm
Main Library

Sat., Dec. 10, at 3 pm

DIY Kids
Wednesdays at 4 pm
Douglass Branch

• Zipline Racers
• Zoetrope Animation
• Straw Boat Challenge
• Pop-up Fireworks

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10 Storytimes Every Week
 For infants to age 5
• Babies Love Books
• Toddler Tales
• Ready, Set, Read!

Make & Take for Preschoolers
Thursdays at 10 am
Main Library

Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime
Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 11:15 am
For infants to age 6
Main Library

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Table Talk Book Club: The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Tue., Dec. 13, at 6:30 pm
Douglass Branch

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Cover-to-Cover Book Club: Ice Walker, A Polar Bear’s Journey by James Raffan
Thu., Dec. 8, 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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Book Talk + Mocktails! | A Toast to Champaign
Presented in partnership with The Literary
Thu., Dec. 1, at 6:30 pm
Main Library

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Medicare Help
Open enrollment for Medicare ends December 7. Call 217/403-2000 to sign up for assistance with your application.

Coffee and a Craft: Fleece Scarf
Wed., Dec. 14, at 10:30 am
Douglass Branch

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Crafty Adults: Creative Collage
Wed., Dec. 14, at 6:30 pm
Main Library · Sign up »
(30 participants) Registration opens Dec. 1.

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

Project READ Tutor Training Introduction
Friday, Dec. 2, at 10 am
Main Library · Sign up »

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Gale Courses Start Monthly
NEW SESSIONS start each month for 375 online Gale Courses. Learn about travel writing, how to play guitar, or take a grammar refresher—there’s something for everyone. Sessions run six weeks and are taught by college instructors. 

>> Gale Courses start Dec. 14, Jan. 18, Feb. 15

Reading Suggestions

SIGN UP to get reading recommendations delivered to you twice a month. Select up to 24 categories— including audiobooks, mysteries, and sci-fi. Sign up to get the email »

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LOOKING FOR something exciting to do after school?

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

Teen Lounge | Early Edition
Mon., Dec. 5 & 19, from 1–4:30 pm

Champaign Unit 4 schools are closed from Dec. 22–Jan. 4.

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LIBRARY STAFF shared favorite reads from 2022 at a recent Staff Training Day. Curious what we’ve been reading? 50+ Staff Favorites from 2022 »

What’s your favorite read of 2022? Join the conversation and share on Facebook »

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THE LIBRARY will be closed December 24 and 25, and on New Year’s Day. Book returns and the E-Library are always open!

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1,000+ Craft Classes & Gift Ideas

LOOKING FOR homemade gift ideas or instructions? Sign in with your library card to get started with Creativebug and explore 1,000+ free art and crafting classes taught by experts. Start anytime! Try sewing, knitting, drawing, furniture refinishing, or even baking.

Get started with Creativebug »

P.S. Toe-Up Crocheted Socks in the Round (pictured above) is an hourlong class taught by Creativebug instructor Cal Patch.


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Champaign, Illinois
Mon–Thu 9–9
Fri–Sat 9–6 | Sun 12–6

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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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