What do Juneteenth, hands-on science, and rope tricks have in common? Your library!

June 2023 | News

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What do Juneteenth, hands-on science, and rope tricks have in common? Your library!


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Juneteenth Emancipation Day Community Celebration

Sat., June 17, from 12–3 pm, Douglass Park | JOIN US IN CELEBRATING 158 years since the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas. Bring your family and friends to Douglass Park for summer fun and games, including music by local newcomers Haki ’n Dem, an American R&B and Neo Soul/Funk band. Activities include a bounce house, photo booth, face painting, and caricature artist. Visit with 20+ vendors and enjoy free icy treats! Presented in partnership with the Champaign Park District.

 >> Juneteenth books at the library

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Listen to a performance by Haki ’n Dem on ciLiving from earlier this year. Go to YouTube »


Live Music, Science Stations, Butterflies, Juggling, and More

ENJOY FUN ACTIVITIES, performances, and celebrations this summer at our Bee Creative! Summer Series, every Saturday through the end of July. Highlights include amazing Hands-on Science & Discovery Stations (June 10) with a Van de Graaff generator that makes your hair stand on end, and Grammy-nominated duo Wendy & DB (June 17).

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Bee Creative! Summer Fun for Kids & Families
6/3 · Jodi Koplin’s Jigglejam | Live Music for Kids, 3 pm
6/10 · Hands-on Science & Discovery Stations, 1–4 pm
6/17 · Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration!, 12–3 pm · Douglass Branch
6/17 · Wendy & DB | Live Music for Kids, 3 pm
6/24 · The Rope Warrior, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm


7/1 · Sarah Jane Layne | Live Music for Kids, 3 pm
7/8 · Little Miss Ann | Live Music for Kids, 3 pm
7/15 · Comedy Juggler Troy Roark, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm
7/22 · Bedazzling Butterfly Tents, 1–4 pm
7/29 · Puppet Show! The Magic of Elsenpeter Marionettes, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm


8/13 · Bee Creative! Summer Reading Finale, 12–3 pm

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Read to win!

SUMMER IS A GREAT TIME to celebrate a love for reading. Kids, teens, and adults can win with the library’s Bee Creative! Summer Reading Challenge (through Aug 15). Prizes include books, rainbow pencils for kids, Champaign Park District passes and coupons to local eateries for teens, and even themed gift baskets (up to $350 value) for adults, with merchandise from local businesses and a Samsung Galaxy tablet. Sign up online or download the Beanstack app to get started. In the first ten days, 1,234 community members have already signed up, logging 133,000 minutes!

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STOP BY TUESDAYS at 10 am for coffee, socializing, and a chance to learn something new from Spurlock Museum of World Cultures Director Elizabeth Sutton. Meets at 10 am on June 20 & 27 and July 11 & 18. 

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Writer’s Workshops

ENJOY WRITING? Hone your skills at one of our summer workshops:


Writer’s Workshops, Wednesdays, 7 pm »

6/7 · Open Mic Night

6/28 · Creative Writing – Jim O’Brien

7/5 · Writers Lounge

7/19 · Developing Your Writing Style – Ted Sanders

8/16 · Solving Your Story Problems – Ekta Garg

8/30 · How to Write a Novel – Molly MacRae

Tech Workshops

TECH QUESTIONS? This month’s Getting Started with Tech series (Tuesdays at 2 pm) includes hands-on workshops introducing Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Calendar, and Meet. Our evening Tech Workshop on June 12 is designed to help you get started using Windows computers. Sign up online or give us a call at 217/403-2000. We are happy to help!

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For anyone already comfortable using a computer, instructor Sarah Christensen will be teaching Intro to Photo Editing: Adobe Photoshop (June 19, 6:30 pm) as part of our Specialty Tech series featuring creative tools.

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Job Seekers & Entrepreneurs

LOOKING FOR A JOB or launching a business? We can help! Designer and entrepreneur Leah Longueville will share her expertise to help you Start Your Ecommerce Business (June 13). This month’s presenters also include Scott Clanin of Clanin Marketing (June 15 & 27), attorney Ryan Michaelson (June 20), and Champion Diaries Management founder Shannon McFarland (June 22).

Career Workshops »

6/6 · Career & Job Help | Drop-in Hours, 11 am–1 pm
6/22 · Resume Basics, 7 pm

Business Workshops »
6/13 · Start Your Ecommerce Business, 7 pm
6/15 · Instagram for Business 201, 10:30 am
6/20 · Choosing Your Business Structure, 7 pm
6/22 · Telling Your Story | Research & Identity, 12 pm
6/27 · VIRTUAL: Google Search Ads 201, 2 pm

Starting June 15: Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Office Hours on Thursdays with SBDC Director Madeleine Wolske in the Launch Business Center (second floor). Drop in 12–3 pm.

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FriendShop Bookstore Sales

DURING JUNE, save 50% off cookbooks at the FriendShop Bookstore. This friendly shop is open to everyone and 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. Take the elevator to the lower level. Open Wednesday through Saturday, from 12–3 pm.

Monthly Sales

6/14-17 · Half-Price Sale for Members
6/21-24 · Tag Bag Sale, take home a bag of books for just $1


Want to help? Joining the Library Friends is easy and memberships start at $10. We also need volunteers during shop hours. Volunteer »

The Studio Expansion Project

THE LIBRARY is expanding, building an 8,000 sq. ft. space on the lower level, called The Studio. The design includes a makerspace with creative tools like 3D printers, sewing machines, Cricut machines, and a Glowforge laser cutter—in addition to a computer lab, gaming area, and recording studios. This innovative area will be utilized for library programs, including hosting teens after school, and is scheduled for completion later this summer. Sketches and project updates »

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June 2023

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THANK YOU to the 1000+ community members who made our Bee Creative! Summer Reading kickoff party such a success! Everyone enjoyed the music, posing with Pete the Cat, and buzzing around wearing bee antennae! See photos on Facebook »

Event Calendar


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The Rope Warrior
Three shows!
Sat., June 24, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm

Guinness World Book Record holder David Fisher will perform razzle dazzle rope tricks.


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Crafty Adults: Abstract Art Making
Wed., June 14, at 6 pm

Sign up starting June 1 »

(40 participants)

Coffee and a Craft: Decorative Jar
Thu., June 8, at 2 pm
@ Douglass Branch

Library Friends Annual Meeting
Wed., June 21, at 4 pm
Enjoy tea, a talk by author and game designer Frank Chadwick, and a brief meeting. 

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Friday Night Jam Sessions
Fri., June 23, from 6–8 pm

Fourth Fridays at the Douglass Branch

Sign up to perform »

For adults & teens

Project READ Tutoring
Drop in Fridays, from 9:30–11:30 am

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Gale Courses Start Monthly

NEW SESSIONS start each month for 375 online Gale Courses. Learn how to write your life story, get started with game design, or find out the secrets to better photography—there’s something for everyone. Sessions run six weeks and are taught by college instructors. Gale Courses start June 14, July 12, & Aug 16 »


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Cover-to-Cover Book Club: Africa Is Not a Country: Notes on a Bright Continent by Dipo Faloyin
Thu., June 8, at 1:30 pm

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

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LIKE CRAFTING? So do we! Stop by TeenSpace on Tuesday afternoons from 1–4 pm. We provide the supplies, so all you need to do is drop in.

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DIY Kids
Wednesdays at 3 pm
@ Douglass Branch

6/3 · Caterpillars & Butterflies

6/14 · Tech Toys

6/21 · Cereal Box Marble Run

6/28 · Star-Spangled Crafts

Artsy Smartsy Kids
Thursdays at 3 pm
For grades 1–5

6/1 · Paper Plate Poké Ball

6/8 · Van Gogh Starry Night Watercolor

6/15 · Decorated Pouch

6/22 · “Bee” a Pollinator

6/29 · Dragons & Unicorns

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10 Storytimes Every Week!
For infants to age 5

Make & Take for Preschoolers
Thursdays, 10 am

Sensory-Friendly Storytime
Tue., June 20, at 6:30 pm
Songs, sensory play, and socialization. Youth Social Story to help prepare »

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DID YOU KNOW? New Releases hit the library shelves every week on Tuesday morning. Reserve your copy now or give us a call at 217/403-2000. We’ll let you know when your hold items are ready for pickup!


BOTH LOCATIONS will be open June 19. The Library will be commemorating Juneteenth with a community celebration on Saturday, June 17, from 12-3 pm, in Douglass Park.


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1,000+ Crafting Classes to Try!

LIKE CRAFTING? You’re going to love the content in our Creativebug collection. Sign in with your library card to get started with Creativebug and explore 1,000+ free art and crafting classes taught by experts. Instructors include artists and creators like Mercedez Rex, Sarah Matthews, and Mariko Jesse. Try making books, painting, sewing clothes, or even cake decorating. Start anytime!

Get started with Creativebug »

Above: Creativebug instructor Abby Houston is based in Portland, Oregon. She teaches Abstract Art Making: A Daily Practice.

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FriendShop Bookstore
Elevator to lower level, Main Library
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