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Meet Children’s Author Kate Klise

Kate Klise will visit the library on Thu., Apr. 28, at 7 pm, to talk about her success writing quirky bestsellers for young people - and articles for People magazine. Klise’s books range from the charming Little Rabbit picture books to the 43 Old Cemetery Road and Regarding series, visually rich tales told through fictional letters, newspaper clippings, and memos. Her sister, Sarah, provides the illustrations. This event is for grades 3 to 5. Kate will also visit Kenwood and Garden Hills Elementary Schools. Find her books in the catalog, or learn more on her website. Illustration: M. Sarah Klise

Limited Service During System Upgrade April 7 & 8

During a software upgrade, on Thursday and Friday, April 7 and 8, the library catalog and patron account system will not be available. If you need to use the library on those days:

  • Bring your library card; you must have it (not just your number) to check out.
  • Borrowing will be limited to 10 items per visit.
  • Leave your books behind. Although our returns will be open, we ask you to return items either before or after those days.

Without catalog and account access, you will not be able to search for, request, or renew items (including downloadables) at home or at the library. Library Elf also will not work. Questions? Call 217/403–2000 or e-mail accountinfo@champaign.org.

The Honey Dewdrops in Concert

Writing and singing in the style of folk, old country music, and bluegrass, the Honey Dewdrops entwine vocal harmonies with tight instrumentation in new songs that ring with originality. This duo of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish took top honors in a 2008 Prairie Home Companion talent show, and their two recent critically acclaimed albums have occupied the top two spots on the Folk-DJ charts this year.

Come hear them In Concert at CPL on Thu., Apr. 21, at 7 pm. These full-time musicians make their home in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This series is sponsored by the Library Friends. Photo: Neal Golden

CDs for a Quarter & Biographies on Sale

This month at our FriendShop, the used book store inside the library, regular-priced CDs will be just 25 cents each (regularly $1). Biographies, regularly $1 each, will be “buy 1, get 1 free.”

Mother’s Day Book Giveaway

Next month, on Mother’s Day weekend, May 7 and 8, the Friends will honor moms (and aunts, daughters, and grandmas) by inviting every woman to choose a book at the shop to take home free! On May 14 and 15, Friends members can enjoy their monthly second-weekend storewide “buy 1, get 1” savings on all regular-priced items. The shop is open weekends from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. No purchase necessary for giveaway; specials do not include individually priced “special items.”

Phyllis Robeson to Speak at Friends Luncheon

Phyllis Robeson will share memories from the new book Remembering Robeson’s at the spring luncheon of the Library Friends. The annual event, which includes a brief meeting to elect new officers and board members, will be on Tue., Apr. 26, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Champaign Country Club. Come celebrate the year’s successes for the Friends!

Details about the meeting agenda are posted on the library website. This includes proposed changes to the group’s bylaws. Friends and volunteers, watch your mail for an invitation and RSVP by Thu., Apr. 21. Send a check, payable to Friends of the Champaign Public Library, to Clyde Smith, 24 Willow Ct., Champaign, IL 61822. Questions? Call Clyde Smith at 217/359-5866. Published last year, Remembering Robeson’s follows the history of the landmark Champaign department store and the family behind it. Photo: Jason Lindsey

Saturday at 2 pm Is for Kids

April features four great Saturday events for families, all at 2 pm. On Apr. 2, the Strong Man, featured on America’s Got Talent, will muscle his way through some eye-popping feats. On Apr. 9, we’ll tip our hats to National Poetry Month with Creatures & Rhyme, featuring face painting and poetry. On Apr. 16, at Kids Go Gardening, we’ll dig into stories and songs about seeds, soil, and sunshine. We’ll cap it off on Apr. 30 with a celebration of the arrival of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, as local residents display our community’s diverse cultures through costumes, music, and dance.

Documentaries & Discussion: Community Cinema

The monthly Community Cinema series offers free screenings of thought-provoking films from the PBS series Independent Lens, followed by locally focused panel discussions. This month, join us on Tue., Apr. 26, at 6:30 pm, for Bhutto, a documentary portrait of the first woman to lead a Muslim nation. Stop by our Latte Da! Cafe for a treat to enjoy during the film. Presented by Illinois Public Media, WILL.Radio.TV.Online, and the Champaign Public Library, in collaboration with Independent Lens and ITVS.

Shining the Spotlight on Library Volunteers

National Volunteer Week, April 10 to 16, helps us put the spotlight on a group that keeps our service shining, giving more than 1,000 hours to the library each month. Look for some of their faces on our TVs at the library that week, and read their names on our website. We also thank those who pitch in at the FriendShop, and the officers and directors of the Library, Foundation, and Friends boards.

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April 2011

Event Calendar

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

Take Our Survey

From March 28 to April 3, we’re asking visitors to our website to let us know if they find what they need. Look for the survey link on our homepage. We’ll be doing a similar survey at our library on those days. We appreciate your feedback!

Techy Teardown

How does that machine work? School-age kids can satisfy their curiosity by taking apart old electronic devices in a safe environment (without destroying your stuff!). Techy Teardown will be at our Douglass Branch on Wed., Apr. 13, at 4 pm. To register, click the event title at champaign.org/events and sign up online, or call 217/403–2090.

Poetry Month Reading Game

Kids can celebrate National Poetry Month in April by diving into our vast poetry collection. For each poetry book they read, they’ll earn a chance to win great prizes! This reading game is for infants through grade 5, at the Main Library and Douglass Branch.

Rentals: The “Get It Now” Option

Among our bestsellers and DVDs, you’ll see some with green stickers saying “Rental: $1/week.” Rentals give you the choice to pay a little to get an item right away. Your rental dollars go entirely toward helping us buy more copies of tomorrow’s bestsellers.

Dollars & Sense for Kids

In celebration of Money Smart Week, children are invited to join us for a special Saturday morning storytime. Each child will receive a free book and a goodie bag provided by PNC Bank. Drop in at the library on Sat., Apr. 2, at 10 am.

Building on Basics for Preschoolers

Children ages 3 to 5 can build on basics and learn about colors, shapes, opposites, and senses at these special Storyshops, every Wednesday in April at 9:45 and 10:30 am. NOTE: This month only, we’ll meet in Robeson Pavilion Room C.

How to Grow a Family Tree

Genealogist Nicole Miller will share basic tips to help you start researching your family history. Join us for our next Lifelong Learners @ the Library event on Wed., Apr. 13. Come for coffee at 9:30 am, sponsored by the Library Friends; the program starts at 10 am. This monthly series is a collaboration with Parkland College.

Tutors Online ’til 10 pm

Next time your student is stumped on a homework question, go to champaign.org and click “Homework Help” to connect to a real live tutor online. The free Live Homework Help service is now offered an hour later than before, from 3 to 10 pm daily. It’s for students of all ages, up through adult learners. Log on with your Champaign library card.

Closed on Easter Sunday

Please note that the library will be closed on Sunday, April 24. Book returns will remain open for you to return items.

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