Libraries Transform! April 8-15
National Library Week Celebrations


2 boys reading in the library

WE ARE CELEBRATING National Library Week for a week and a day! The Physics Van, a visit by Caldecott Honor winner Peter McCarty, and the return of knitter Stephen West and his wild creations, are just some of the 39 events we have planned for April 8-15. And we’ll have some surprises in store for you when you visit us. (Hint: Free rentals, your chance to win a $25 gift card, and more!)


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• 30+ events • Live music • Free rentals • Giveaways • Boneyard Arts Festival • and more! •
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SATURDAY April 8
• Free rentals!
FriendShop Bookstore, 11-5 pm
Knitting Circle with Stephen West, 3-4 pm
Music & Dance Performance featuring Stephen West’s Knitted Creations, 4 pm
 • ”Transformation Takes Flight” by Adriane Binky Donley, a magical lobby installation with 1,700 hand-painted butterflies. On view through May.
• ”The Art Connection: Schools to Library” featuring artwork by 40+ students from Westview, Bottenfield, and Central High schools. On view through May.
Part of Boneyard Arts Festival

SUNDAY April 9
• Free rentals!
FriendShop Bookstore, 1:30-5 pm
Human Library, 2-5:30 pm
• Pop-up Performance: Molly Madden Harp Studio, 2:30 pm

MONDAY April 10
• Free rentals!
Babies Love Books, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45 am
• Pop-up Performance: Joe Reichlin, Circus Arts, 11:30 am
• Teens @ the Library: Teen Lounge, 3 pm
Intro to Circus Arts Workshop, 4 pm @ Douglass Branch
• Pop-up Performance: Joe Reichlin, Circus Arts, 5 pm   

TUESDAY April 11
• Free rentals!
Toddler Tales, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45 am
• Tuesdays at Ten: AARP Tech Nest, 10 am
• Teens @ the Library: National Library Day!, 3 pm
Table Talk & Cover-to-Cover Book Joint Discussion: Before I Forget by B. Smith and Dan Gasby, 6:30 pm @ Douglass Branch
• Pop-up Performance: David Howie Mini Kindie Concert, 6 pm
Goodnight Storytime: Spanish, Portugeuse, & English, 6:30 pm
• Pop-up Peformance: David Howie UnPlugged, 6:40 pm 

WEDNESDAY April 12
• Free rentals!
Ready, Set, Read! 9:45 & 10:30 am
• Member’s Half-Price Sale, FriendShop Bookstore, 11-5 pm
• Teens @ the Library: Geek Wednesdays, 3 pm
DIY Kids: Upcycled CD Clock, 4 pm @ Douglass Branch
• Pop-up Performance: Dan Andree, Bluegrass fiddle, 6:30 pm
An Evening with Peter McCarty, Author of Hondo & Fabian, 7 pm


THURSDAY April 13
Make & Take for Preschoolers, Drop in 10-11 am
• Member’s Half-Price Sale, FriendShop Bookstore, 11-5 pm
• Pop-up Performance: Almost “A” Duo with Dorothy Martirano, violin, & Armand Beaudoin, piccolo bass, 12:00 pm
• Movie Matinee Magic: “The Tale of Despereaux,” 3 pm
• Teen STEAM: Forensics, 3 pm
Butterflies In My Backyard with Lesley Deem, University of Illinois Pollinatarium, 4 pm @ Douglass Branch
• Pop-up Performance: Jason Finkelman, Composer, 5 pm
• Free rentals!

FRIDAY April 14
• Free rentals!
Play Date for Preschoolers, Drop in 10-11 am
Toddler Tales, 10:30 am @ Douglass Branch
• Member’s Half-Price Sale, FriendShop Bookstore, 11-5 pm
• Pop-up Performance: Jasmine Field Orchestra, 11:30 am

SATURDAY April 15
• Free rentals!
• Cinderella Pop-up Storytime,  with Champaign Urbana Ballet, 11 am
Physics Van, 11 am
• Member’s Half-Price Sale, FriendShop Bookstore, 11-5 pm
• Design a Game with CUDO Plays, 3 pm

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Current art exhibitions:

• “Transformation Takes Flight” by Adriane Binky Donley, a magical installation of 1,700 hand-painted butterflies soaring above the library lobby.

• “The Art Connection: Schools to Library,” featuring artwork by 40+ Champaign students from Westview, Bottenfield, and Central High schools. (Be sure to visit both the children's area on the first floor and the FriendShop Bookstore on the lower level.)

Both are part of Boneyard Arts Festival
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Made possible with support from the Library Friends.

For all events at the library:
champaign.org/events

 

Great Authors at the Library: The one-and-only Terry McMillan (Waiting to Exhale, When Stella Got Her Groove Back, and many other acclaimed books), will talk about her life and about writing on May 4, at 7 p.m., as part of the Great Authors at the Library series. McMillan’s talk will be hosted by the long-running Table Talk Book Club and will take place as a special after-hours event at the main library. Reservations open April 20 at 10 a.m.

About the Champaign Public Library: Serving as a vital community center welcoming every member of our community, the Champaign Public Library ranks in the top 3% of public libraries nationwide, and earns a 3-star rating from Library Journal. Learn more about the Library at champaign.org.



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