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Magazine Clearance Sale

Magazine fans, stock up on older issues of popular magazines for just 10 cents each. Our annual Magazine Clearance Sale will be in our FriendShop used book store during shop hours starting Sun., Jan. 2. Located on the library’s lower level, the shop is open weekends from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. The sale will continue for several weekends, or until everything is sold. Go early for the best selection, and take your own box or bags. Proceeds benefit the library.

Read & Meet Author Laurie Halse Anderson

Find out what inspires this bestselling author of plain-spoken stories for adolescents. Laurie Halse Anderson, whose books include National Book Award Finalists Speak and Chains, will virtually visit us using Skype on Tue., Mar. 1, at 7 pm. Online registration, through our event calendar, starts Jan. 15. To get to know her books, come to any of four preview discussions on Tuesdays at 7 pm. This month, we’ll look at Fever 1793 (1/4) and Wintergirls (1/18). In February, we’ll talk about Chains (2/1) and Speak (2/15). All interested adults and teens are welcome.

In Concert at CPL: The Duke of Uke

Spend an afternoon with the quirky, upbeat music of The Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra. This free event, the first in a perennial series we’re calling In Concert at CPL, will be on Sun., Jan. 23, at 2 pm. The unique flavor of this CU band includes a bit of Tiny Tim, a mix of Captain Beefheart — and Captain and Tenille, plus a dash of funk and Cajun.

Duke of Uke members are David King (ukulele/vocals); Rebecca Burlingame (drums); Lorene Anderson (tuba/vocals); Sarah Kramer (bass/vocals); Anna Hochalter (tenor saxophone/vocals); and David Garcia (percussion). This series is sponsored by the Library Friends.

Library Staffer Launches New Mystery Series

Lawn Order is a tale of poisoned pigeons, southern sisters, a mysterious stranger, and a strangled body in a sofa bed. The novel, published in December by Five Star Mysteries, is also the first in a new series of humorous mysteries by library staff member Molly MacRae, a familiar face at our Children’s Desk. It is currently on order at the library; you can reserve it now.

The series centers on small-town sisters Margaret and Bitsy, who have already bickered their way through seven MacRae short stories in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Margaret has an idyllic life, with a successful bookstore in her charming home, nestled in the foothills of Tennessee’s Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s just one big fly in the ointment, and that’s Bitsy.

MacRae herself lived in Tennessee for 20 years and managed an independent bookstore, though without the meddling sister. Her first novel, Wilder Rumors, came out in 2007. Her current project is Last Wool and Testament, the start of a new series for Penguin in which, she explains, “a textile preservation specialist inherits her grandmother’s yarn shop — and also ends up with a depressed ghost on her hands.”

Friends Pursue Planning Process

Last fall, the Library Friends Board of Directors embarked on a planning process to draw up a road map for the group’s future. Newly adopted mission and vision statements serve to define the group’s role, along with its focus and aspirations for the next few years.

The Friends mission reads:
The Friends of the Champaign Public Library is a volunteer organization that supports the library in its mission through volunteer activities that enrich and enhance the library’s services to our community.

The Friends vision is:
We will be a model for library support and advocacy through expanded membership, volunteer participation, and FriendShop growth.

Initial goals have been identified to take the group toward that vision. Over the next few months, Friends committees will develop action plans to pursue those goals. Watch for details about how you can be a part of a strong future for the Friends! The planning process is being facilitated by Bonnie Hudson of BBH Consulting, a member of the Friends Board.

Countdown to Kindergarten

Is your child starting school this fall? Come learn activities you can do to reinforce essential skills and help your child succeed. Our Countdown to Kindergarten will be Sat., Jan. 29, at 2 pm. First we’ll enjoy a story together, then let you and your child gather ideas at our “Skill Stations.” We’ll also have information about kindergarten registration and how to evaluate your child’s school readiness.

For more school preparation, come to our Wednesday morning series in March called Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten! Through stories and crafts, we’ll introduce these important concepts: All About Me (3/2); ABCs and 123s (3/9); Simon Says... Communication Skills (3/16); I Can Do It Myself! (3/23); Please, May I Be Your Friend? (3/30). Each program is offered at 9:45 and 10:30 am, for children ages 3 to 5.

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January 2011

Event Calendar

See all of our events on our website calendar. Use the month selector to view other months, and be sure to choose 2011 for the year. Click on any event title to sign up for convenient e-mail reminders. Also see this month’s events on our print-friendly PDF.

Free Ebooks for Your New Gadget

Do you have a new Nook or Sony ebook reader? The library offers popular, free ebooks to download and read on these and other devices (coming soon, the iPad, too!). Let us show you how they work. Come to a one-hour introduction at the library on Sat., Jan. 8, at 10 am. To browse our downloadable ebooks, look in the library catalog for the gray “MediaMall Downloads” tab. Scroll down past the eAudiobooks — another great downloadable option — to find the ebooks.

Read 20 Minutes a Day in Spring Reading Game

Get drawn into a good book with our spring reading game, “You and Your Purple Crayon.” Read 20 minutes a day to help us reach an overall goal of 5,000 hours. The game runs from January through May, for infants through grade 5. Why 20 minutes? In our busy lives, it’s easy to feel there’s not enough time for reading. But a wealth of research shows long-term benefits from daily reading for just 20 minutes. It’s a modest goal that makes a major difference. And it doesn’t have to be at one sitting; reading twice a day for 10 minutes also adds up!

Meet the Players: Illini Women’s Basketball

Join players from the Fighting Illini women’s basketball team as they share tips on nutrition and exercise and how to balance sports and school. They’ll be here for a free event for school-age kids on Sat., Jan. 22, at 2 pm.

2-for-1 Savings for Friends Members

Like used books? Like saving money? Friends members can enjoy 2-for-1 savings on nearly everything at the FriendShop on the second weekend each month. Membership costs just $10 a year, so you’ll quickly earn that back! Note: Purchase limited to $100, before discount; second item of same type, of equal or lesser value; excludes individually priced “special” items.

Indian Dance Workshop

Learn the graceful art of classical Indian dance at a free demonstration and workshop led by Gullapudi Raman Kumari from the U of I Department of Dance. All ages are welcome on Sat., Jan. 8, at 2 pm.

Lifelong Learners @ the Library

Did you know that Parkland College has students from across the globe? Meet a few of them and find out how they enrich our community — and what they gain from being here. Parkland’s Susan Short, program coordinator for the Community College Initiative, will lead the discussion at this month’s Lifelong Learners @ the Library event on Wed., Jan. 12. Come for refreshments at 9:30 am, sponsored by the Library Friends; the program starts at 10 am. This series is a community collaboration with Parkland College.

Local Foods Fest

Mark your calendar! Three free events at the library on Sat., Feb. 5, will feature experts discussing local foods. At 10 am, Master Gardener Tom Seals will share his expertise on cultivating vegetables in CU. At 11 am, Prairie Fruits Farm owner Leslie Cooperband will talk about operating a small farm and creamery. At noon, Jacqueline Hannah from Common Ground Food Coop will present Whole Foods, Not Whole Paycheck, teaching you how to eat local and healthy on a budget. Come for any or all of these informative sessions.

New Year’s Closings

The library will close at 5 pm on Fri., Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve). The library and our FriendShop used book store will both be closed on New Year’s Day, Sat., Jan. 1, 2011. Our book returns stay open at all times for you to return materials.

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