“The Champaign Public Library is truly a community center, with meeting rooms used by organizations of all types. It is so convenient, accessible, and welcoming. People love coming to the library.”
— Steve Carter, Champaign City Manager 1985–2013
- Our library was a hub for important community discussions and events, hosting 1,648 meetings and events sponsored by local organizations, plus 183 library-sponsored events.
- Shared experience was the idea behind CU Reading, inviting everyone to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and presented in partnership with The Urbana Free Library.
- Our FriendShop bookstore, using volunteers from our Library Friends group, helped our community by giving more than $56,000 to the library.
- Our community showed its love for the library with gifts to the Champaign Public Library Foundation, providing needed funding for collections, programs, and a growing endowment.
Pictured above: At left, author Kimberla Lawson Roby signed books for avid fans at the Douglass Branch Library. Right, Jim Post portrayed Mark Twain at the final CU Reading event.
Annual Report 2012-13 | July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013