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The Dome Theater Experience

On Sat., Sep. 25, step inside the inflatable Dome Theater and be surrounded by a state-of-the-art, high-definition digital presentation. It’s an exciting way to learn about science!

From 10 am to 5 pm, four different 30-minute shows, for ages 5 and up, will be shown in rotation in Robeson Pavilion Room A & B. See program details on our website. Reserve your places with free tickets, available to Champaign residents on Sat., Sep. 18, and to the general public on Mon., Sep. 20, at the Children’s Desk. Families are welcome; sorry, due to limited space, we cannot accommodate groups.

New Card Fee for Mahomet & Tolono Card Holders

Starting Nov. 1, Mahomet and Tolono library card holders will need to purchase a Champaign library card to borrow materials from our library. At a time when our usage is growing but our budget is tightening, this policy will help us preserve access for Champaign taxpayers, whose property taxes provide 90% of our budget. The policy applies only to the libraries whose card holders borrow at least 60% as much at Champaign as they do at home. We want to encourage patrons to return to their home libraries, while offering a way to continue using our library. Find more information on our Question & Answer page.

Back-to-School Book Giveaway

Discover a great source for bargain books — and take one home free! Students from kindergarten through college can get one regular-priced book absolutely free at our FriendShop used book store on Sat. and Sun., Sep. 18 and 19. The shop, on our lower level, is open those days (and every weekend) from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. You can also become a member of the Friends for $10 and get 2-for-1 savings on the second weekend each month. See details. Note: Giveaway does not include individually priced “special books.” No purchase necessary.

My Fixer-Upper Life: Meet Author Mary Kay Andrews


Come meet New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews, known for popular novels such as Savannah Blues and Deep Dish. She’ll be at the library Thu., Sep. 30, at 7 pm, to share her journey as a writer, hard-core junk collector, and serial fixer-upper of old houses. A book signing will follow at 8 pm.

After 14 years as a journalist, the author began her book career with the lighthearted, acclaimed Callahan Garrity mystery series, written under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. She lives and writes primarily in Atlanta and on Tybee Island, Georgia. Find her books in the library catalog (books by Mary Kay Andrews and books by Kathy Hogan Trocheck .)

Americana Rhythms Series

Travel the back roads of American music this fall with our Americana Rhythms series. Each free concert will be on a Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.

Sep. 12 The vintage sounds of CU ensemble The Ruthless Goats Photos above by L. Brian Stauffer and Joel Dexter
Oct. 10 Native American music and dance with singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Mark Cleveland and Mike Pamonicutt, head veteran for many Midwestern pow-wows
Nov. 7 Folk chart-topping singer-songwriter (and U of I grad) Ben Bedford
Dec. 5 Bucky Halker’s emotionally powerful interpretations of the music of Woody Guthrie

Happiness: What It’s All About

Let’s get happy — but how? Lifelong learners can explore the book The How of Happiness with Mary Ellen O’Shaughnessey at this month’s Lifelong Learners @ the Library, a collaboration with Parkland College. Drop in at the library on Wed., Sep. 8, at 9:30 am for coffee, provided by the Library Friends. The free program starts at 10 am. Read more.

BYOB: Bring Your Own Book

This new book club will gather at a favorite downtown establishment (to be announced) on the third Tuesday each month. Each time we meet, we’ll hand out copies of the next book for discussion, and invite you to talk about what you’re reading right now. The kickoff will be Tue., Sep. 21, at 8:30 pm. Register and find details online. Upcoming selections are The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz; Company by Max Barry; and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris.

Heroic Adventures

Heroes are the theme of two events this month. On Wed., Sep. 15, at 5 pm, heroic firefighters from the Champaign Fire Department will be at our Douglass Branch to talk about fire safety-and they’re bringing a big red fire truck! Then on Sat., Sep. 18, at 2 pm, all ages are invited to our Superhero Adventure! at the Main Library. Unleash your special powers and have action-packed fun as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of DC Comics.

Read Your Way to Prizes - Book by Book

Our seasonal reading program for adults, Book by Book, has a new name and a colorful new look to convey the fun of discovering one great book after another — with a chance to win prizes, too! Formerly called Books Unlimited, the program is for adults from high school on up. Each time you read two books, enter our prize drawing, at the library or online. Fall registration starts September 1. Read more or register online now.

September 2010

Event Calendar

See all of our events on our website calendar; use the month selector to view other months. Click on an event to sign up for convenient e-mail reminders. Also see this month’s events on our print-friendly PDF.

Web Page Workshop

Teens can learn to design their own web pages on Sat., Sep. 11, from 2 to 4 pm, at the library. A free workshop will lead them through step by step; no prior computing knowledge is needed. Registration is required; call 217/403-2070 or register online.

Bilingual Storytimes

Our new bilingual storytime series kicks off with a Bengali Storytime on Thu., Sep. 2, at 6:30 pm. Each month this fall, a different language will be featured, including Hebrew, Chinese, and sign language. These 30-minute programs are for ages 3 to 5.

Borders Benefit Days

Need some new books? Shop at Borders in Champaign any day Fri. to Sun., Sep. 17 to 19, and our library will benefit! Mention us at checkout during these Borders Benefit Days, and Borders will give us 10 percent of sales up to $1,500. The more purchases we have, the higher that percentage will go! We’ll use the proceeds to boost our book collections. If you shop Borders online during those days, just enter promotional code CHPS8135G.

Knittin’ for Newbies

Need a nudge to start knitting? Come to our free, two-hour workshop for beginners on Tue., Sep. 14, at 6:30 pm. Brigitte Pieke of Klose Knit will help you start a skinny scarf. Buy a starter kit there, or bring your own supplies. Visit our online calendar to register or learn more. Photo: Heather Coit/News-Gazette

On Board with...Jan Simon

Get to know our newest Board of Trustees member, Jan Simon, who recently took the time to answer a few questions about her background and her thoughts about libraries. Jan is director of the Community Education program at Parkland College. Read more.

Everyday Architecture

In four programs this fall, U of I architecture and design faculty will examine how architecture relates to the daily lives of CU dwellers. This month, on Thu., Sep. 9, at 7 pm, Jeff Poss will discuss “Monuments and Meditation Huts: Humanizing Architecture for Central Illinois.” His projects include the Olympic tribute in Champaign, the World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial in Springfield, and several small meditation spaces around CU.

Gone Camping!

Kids and teens, ages 10 and up, can learn skills for the outdoor lifestyle with two events at our Douglass Branch, both at 4 pm. On Wed., Sep. 22, we’ll cover camping essentials: how to pitch a tent, roll a sleeping bag, identify poison ivy, and keep unwanted animals away. On Wed., Sep. 29, we’ll learn about compass navigation, then test our skills with a treasure hunt in Douglass Park.

Homework Help Online

Live Homework Help connects Champaign students with real tutors in real time. Free help is available from 2 to 9 pm daily for students in kindergarten through adults. For access, start at the Homework Help button on our homepage. Log on with your Champaign library card. Help in Spanish is available Sunday to Thursday.

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