What do author Maya-Camille Broussard, a Short Story Contest, and artwork by 40+ kids have in common? Your library!

November 2023 | News

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What do author Maya-Camille Broussard, a Short Story Contest, and artwork by 40+ kids have in common? Your library!

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HUDSON AND PETER and their mom, Marissa Siero (above), enjoyed having a chance to explore The Studio and watch demonstrations during the Weekend Open House in early October. We welcomed close to 2,000 community members during the first week open! We offer activities in The Studio for teens every day after school, creative workshops for adults in the evenings, and are open to community members all weekend (Saturday, 9–6, and Sunday, 12–6), and by appointment. Interested in trying creative tools like Cricut machines or a Glowforge laser cutter? Book-a-Librarian and we’ll help you get started!  What will you create? The Studio at the Library »

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“A Taste of Love” with Maya-Camille Broussard 

Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7 pm | ENJOY A VIRTUAL VISIT with chef and author Maya-Camille Broussard, star of Netflix’s Bake Squad and owner of Chicago-based Justice of the Pies bakery. She’ll be broadcasting from her kitchen, sharing her love of pie, the stories of those who inspired her, plus tips and tricks to help you make the perfect Thanksgiving pie. When you sign up, you can submit a question for the Q&A. Sign up to get the Zoom link »


Presented in partnership with Illinois Libraries Present, a coalition of 200+ public libraries.

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Short Story Contest, Awards Ceremony & Reading

DO YOU WRITE? Entries are due by November 10 for the fifth annual Short Story Contest. Three top stories will be read aloud at the awards ceremony and published on the library website. Grand prize includes a one-on-one consultation with a writing expert, a headshot for your portfolio, and a yearlong membership to MasterClass. Get contest details and read stories by previous winners on our website. Read more »


Writer’s Workshops · Wednesdays, 7 pm
11/1 · Finishing Your Story – with Sarah Wisseman
11/29 · Short Story Contest Awards Ceremony & Reading
12/6 · Open Mic Night

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Art Connection Exhibit & Opening Reception

Sunday, Nov. 5, at 3 pm | CELEBRATE A NEW EXHIBITION, “The Art Connection: Schools to Library,” with kids, teens, and art teachers from Barkstall Elementary, Jefferson Middle School, and Central High. This series showcases artwork by 150 students from Champaign Unit 4 schools each year. The opening reception will be in the FriendShop Bookstore on the lower level. The artwork will be on view through January in the FriendShop and in the Children’s area on the first floor. 


Above, from left: Artwork by Anna, Grade 8; Jolie, Grade 5; and Ray, Grade 10.

Your Support Is Vital

WE PROVIDE enriching resources for community members of all ages. Your donation enhances and makes possible services like The Studio at the Library, home libraries for kids, digital books and magazines, mobile wifi hotspots, Great Authors at the Library visits, 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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Crafty Adults | Macramé

Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6 pm | ENJOY CREATING handmade decor? Come to this month’s Crafty Adults workshop and create your own macramé masterpiece! Registration opens November 1 at 9 am. (40 participants) Sign up to reserve a spot »


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Estate Planning, Will & Trust

Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 pm | DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS about estate planning? Join us to learn about Estate Planning, Will and Trust, from Roaa M. Al-HeetiPresented in partnership with Maatuka Al-Heeti Emkes LLC Attorneys at Law. 

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Saturday, Nov. 25, at 10 am | EXPLORE A WORLD OF PLAY and music with your baby! Join us for different play and activity stations that will challenge your baby's senses. Meet other families with infants and toddlers. Enjoy gentle classical music plus children’s lullabies and songs performed by the Vine Street Ensemble string quartet.

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Tuesdays, Nov. 7–Dec. 5 | NEED HELP applying for Medicare? Call 217/403-2000 or sign up online for an appointement to get your questions answered by Nicole Mitchell, Senior Services Specialist for Champaign County Health Care Consumers.

Tech Workshops

OUR TECH WORKSHOPS introduce computers, tablets, and more. This month includes an introduction to Apple computers. Sign up online or by calling 217/403-2000.


Getting Started with Tech Workshops »
11/7 · Intro to Apple Computers, 2 pm
11/14 · Intro to Apple Computer Files & Folders, 2 pm
11/20 · Getting Started with Online Shopping, 6:30 pm
11/28 · Intro to Cloud Storage, 2 pm


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

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11/13 · Scanning & Editing Photos with Adobe Photoshop, 6 pm – with Sarah Christensen

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Business & Career Workshops

STARTING OR GROWING a business? Changing careers? We can help! This month’s presenters include charitable giving advisor Shari Fox (11/7), Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director Madeleline Wolske (11/9), and career advisor Kevin Martlage (11/30). 

Business Workshops »
11/7 · Building Endowments 201 for Nonprofits, 1 pm
11/8 · VIRTUAL: Website Design Basics, 10 am*
11/9 · Starting Your Business in Illinois, 10 am
11/9 · SBDC in Launch Business Center, 12–3 pm
11/14 · Financials for Entrepreneurs, 7 pm
11/30 · VIRTUAL: Google Profile & Analytics 4.0 Updates, 2 pm*

Career Workshops »

11/7 · Career & Job Help | Drop-in Hours, 11 am–1 pm
11/22 · Studio Workshop | Intro to Glowforge: Create Your Own Business Card Holder, 7 pm* 
11/30 · Career Lunch & Learn, 12 pm


*Some events require reservations.

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50% Off Children’s Books at  FriendShop in November

SHOP LOCAL! You’ll get 50% off all kids’ and teen titles this month at the FriendShop Bookstore. Open to everyone, the shop offers more than 20,000 books, movies, and audiobooks, plus gift certificates. 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!


Open Wednesday–Saturday, 12–3 pm
November 5 · Special Sunday Hours, 2–5 pm

November 8, 9, 11 · Members’ Half-Price Sale 
November 22, 24, 25 · Tag Bag Sale

November 2023

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The Studio at the Library
Open Weekends:

• Saturday (9–6)
• Sunday (12–6)
• or by appointment

Reserve Studio tools or Book-a-Librarian »

Event Calendar


BOTH LOCATIONS will be closed Friday, November 10, for staff training, and Thursday, November 23, for Thanksgiving Day.


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Tuesdays at Ten | 150 Years of Art at the University of Illinois with Dr. Ian Wang

Tuesdays at 10 am
Nov. 7–Dec. 12

Coffee and a Craft:

Rice Hand Warmer
Thu., Nov. 9, at 2 pm
@ Douglass Branch

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 Conversational Japanese, how to use Adobe Photoshop, or earn a certificate in Music Therapy and Sound Healing—there’s something for everyone. Sessions run six weeks and are taught by college instructors. Gale Courses start Nov. 15, Dec. 13, and Jan. 17 »


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LINKEDIN LEARNING offers 16,000 video tutorials taught by industry experts, available anytime. Get help learning everything from graphic design to customer service skills and management tips. LinkedIn Learning »


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Cover-to-Cover Book Club: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Thu., Nov. 9, at 1:30 pm

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Table Talk Book Club: Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
Tue., Nov. 14, 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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Teen Lounge
Every day after school*
3–4:30 pm


Teen Lounge | Early Edition
Mon., Nov. 6 & 18, from 1–4:30 pm


LOOKING for something exciting to do after school? Middle and high school students can stop by the library for activities and fun. 


*No Teen Lounge on November 10, 22, 23, 24.

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SIGN UP for the ​Fall Reading Challenge—so you can read to win!


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Family Fun Night
Thursdays at 6:30 pm
For school-age kids


Activities include Adopt a Pet Rock, Read to the Dogs, Nancy Drew Night, and a DINOvember Party!

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DIY Kids
Wednesdays at 4 pm
@ Douglass Branch

Activities include Music Mania, Tech Toys, Suspension Bridge Challenge, Plastic Cup Stacking, and Slime Time.

X-treme STEAM: Mini Boat Challenge
Sat., Nov. 4, at 2 pm
@ Douglass Branch

LEGO Club!
Sat., Nov. 11, at 3 pm
For age 4 and up

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X-treme STEAM: Why Leaves Change Color
Sun., Nov. 12, at 2 pm

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Sign up for the Fall Reading Challenge for infants, kids, and teens!


10 Storytimes Every Week!
For infants to age 5

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East Asian Bilingual Storytime
Vietnamese & English

Sat., Nov. 11, at 10 am

Make & Take for Preschoolers
Thursdays at 10 am

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DID YOU KNOW? New Releases hit the 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!

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Promotions Team Wins Prestigious State Award 

OUR PROMOTIONS TEAM, Evelyn Shapiro, Promotions Manager (above, left), and Gloria Roubal, Promotions Associate (right), were recently honored with the Illinois Library Association’s 2023 Deborah Dowley Preiser Marketing Award, recognizing excellence in public relations and library marketing over several years.

Shapiro has worked at Champaign Public Library for more than 16 years. She is a member of many state and national organizations and a sought-after speaker on social media and marketing topics. Her design and marketing background includes expertise in engaging museum and publishing audiences. Roubal has worked at Champaign Public Library for eight years. In addition to being an accomplished marketer, she draws on her experience in illustration and lettering to create custom graphics for library promotions. 


The award was presented at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Springfield, Illinois.

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