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Don’t Miss Holds When You’re on Vacation

Don’t want requested items to arrive while you’re out of town? You can “suspend” your requests until you return.

  • Go to our website. Click “My Account/Renew” at the top of the page, and log in to your library account.
  • Click “Hold Requests” to see a list of your requested items.
  • Check the box beside any item you want to delay.
  • Enter a date where you see “Suspend until” (the default is one month).
  • Click “Change Status.” The “Suspended” status and date will now be shown to the right of the title.

You can cancel the suspension on your request (and make it active again) any time. Just check the box next to the item and click “Change Status.”

Douglass Branch Renovation

Renovation of the Douglass Branch to create an expanded computer area is now under way. During construction, the Branch will be without public computers and seating, but materials will still be available for checkout, and children’s programs and summer reading games will continue, as space allows. Work should be completed in August. Learn more about the project. Photos: A formerly enclosed room, shown at left, is being removed to create room for twice as many computers at the Branch.

Books by the Bag: Sale for Friends Members

Just four bucks gets Friends members a bag of books at the Bag Sale on Sat. and Sun., Jul. 16 and 17, at our FriendShop used book store. Bring your own grocery-sized bags and fill them with books for $4 a bag. If you’re not a Friends member yet, join at the sale for just $10. The FriendShop, on our lower level, is open weekends from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Bag Sale does not include DVDs, CDs, and individually priced “special books.”

Use Your Schnucks Card to Give to the Library — at No Cost to You

Local Schnucks stores will give the library up to 3% of your purchase every time you buy groceries and present your Schnucks eScrip customer card to the cashier. There’s no cost to you. Just register your card to support the Champaign Public Library Foundation. Use your current Schnucks card (also called a “gas card”), or get one at their customer service desk. To register, call 800–931-6258 or visit champaign.org/schnucks. And thank you to all those who participate already; we appreciate your support!

Join in Our Summer Reading Games

Summer reading games at the library continue through August 15. Readers of all ages can sign up any time; there are different clubs for different ages. Kids and teens can read their way to prizes, including a free book. You can register online or at the library. As of late June:

  • Adults had read nearly 400 books in the Book by Book program
  • Teens had read 1,400 books in the Dream Big @ the Library
  • Children had read more than 150,000 minutes in A Midsummer Knight’s Read

Janice Harrington: Poetry Workshop for Kids

Poet and children’s book author Janice N. Harrington will lead Word Play, a fun, free workshop where kids can share their poems and learn how to improve their writing. This hour-long event will be at our Douglass Branch on Mon., Jul. 18, at 3 pm. Registration starts July 1; call 217/403-2090 or register on our online calendar. Harrington will also present Silliness, Songs & Stories for school-age kids at our Main Library on Thu., Jul. 14, at 2 pm. Harrington teaches in the creative writing program at the U of I. Her next children’s book, Mama Nsoso Builds a New House, will be published next year. Photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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July 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, part of our two page mini-newsletter, as a print-friendly PDF.

Important Change for MyMediaMall Users

If you download audiobooks or eBooks from MyMediaMall, please note an important change coming soon after July 1. When you sign in, check out, or place a hold, and must select your library, you will no longer choose Lincoln Trail Libraries System. Instead, look for the name of the new downstate system, Illinois Heartland Library System. Read more about downloads.

Quilt Artist Deborah Fell

You’ve seen her painterly art quilts at local galleries and art shows. Now come hear Deborah Fell talk about “Coloring Outside the Lines” at our next Lifelong Learners @ the Library event on Wed., Jul. 13. Coffee is served at 9:30 am, sponsored by the Library Friends; the program starts at 10 am. This monthly program series is a collaboration with Parkland College. There’s a different topic each time, and all are welcome.

Chat with Us from Your Laptop @ the Library

If you’re using a laptop at the library, and you have a question, contact us by chat! No need to get up; just go to our website, click Contact Us, and type in the chat window. We’ll be glad to help, and you can stay with your laptop (always a good idea). Use the same approach if you’re on one of our public computers.

Fruity Summer Treats

Refresh yourself at the library! Drink in the sweet and fruity taste of summer at our Latte Da! Cafe. Try a Lemon Smoothie, Watermelon Italian Soda, or Blackberry Iced Tea, available for a limited time only. Drinks with a lid can be enjoyed throughout the library. The cafe is in our Robeson Pavilion; to find it, turn right at the back of our lobby.

Just Another Day at the Castle

Our summer schedule of kids’ events every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday continues throughout July. On Sat., Jul. 9, step back in time as the Society for Creative Anachronism brings the Middle Ages to life at a free program for kids. Come find out how clothing was made, how letters were written, and how food tasted. Learn about archery and dance to the music of court musicians. Then on Sat., Jul. 16, cartooning professional V.G. Myers will teach cartooning basics to kids in grades 2 to 5. Both events are at 2 p.m. To learn more about all of our events, visit our online calendar. Illustration: V.G. Myers

Kick Back with Books at Jupiter’s

Jupiter’s at the Crossing, at the corner of Windsor and Duncan, is the place for a summer of great book discussions in our Bring Your Own Book (BYOB) club. This month, we’ll discuss one of the critics’ favorite nonfiction titles of 2010, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Journalist Rebecca Skloot explains how Lacks, a poor African American tobacco farmer, has had an enormous impact on medical research over the last 60 years. Read it and come join the discussion (treat yourself to pizza and drinks, too!) on Tue., Jul. 19, at 8 pm.

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