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Celebrate National Library Week
April 19–25, 2020


3 kids smiling with books on the floor at the library

** Library events are cancelled through May 9. **

Celebrate National Library Week with us! Enjoy live music, try a tai chi class, win free tickets to see David Sedaris, and more at the 40+ events planned for April 19–25, 2020. In addition, we’re waiving the fees for rental books, movies, and other items all week long.

Your library card — the smartest card in your wallet!


SUNDAY, APRIL 19
• Free rentals! 
Screenprint a Library Poster, 1–2 pm
Crafty Adults | Cookies & Canvases, 2 pm*

FriendShop Bookstore, 1:30–5 pm

MONDAY, APRIL 20
• Free rentals! 
Babies Love Books, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45 am
• Teen Lounge: VR games, crafts, and 3D printing, 3 pm
• Club Fred, 3:30 pm @ Douglass Branch
• Pop-up Performance: “Legally Blonde” Cast, Central High School, 4:30–5 pm
A Night of Poetry: Champaign County through the Years, with Jim O’Brien, 6:30 pm


TUESDAY, APRIL 21
• Free rentals! 
Toddler Tales, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45 am
Tuesdays at Ten: Innovation – Traveling via VR (Virtual Reality), 10 am
Resume Writing, 10 am*

• Teen Lounge: Building circuits with the U of I Electrical & Computer Engineering Honor Society +  STEM activities with  the U of I Biomedical Engineering Society, 3 pm
• Club Fred, 3:30 pm @ Douglass Branch
Goodnight Storytime, 6:30 pm

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
• Free rentals! 
“Penny for Your Thoughts” Live Broadcast, 9–11 am
• Pop-up: Virtual Reality Demo, drop in 9:30–11:30
Ready, Set, Read!, 9:45 & 10:30 am, ages 3–5
• FriendShop Bookstore, open 11 am–5 pm
Fit & Fabulous: Tai Chi with Philip Brewer, 12 pm
Intro to Microsoft Publisher, 2 pm
• Teen Lounge: Solar projects with InSPIRE Illinois, 3 pm
DIY Kids: Animal Marionettes, 3:30 pm @ Douglass Branch


THURSDAY, APRIL 23
• Free rentals! 
Make & Take for Preschoolers, 10 am
Babies Love Books, 10:30 am @ Douglass Branch
Tag Bag Sale | FriendShop Bookstore, open 11 am-5 pm
• Teen Lounge: STEM activities with U of I Chemistry REACT club and Women in Nuclear (WiN)  club  + crafting with Alpha Phi Omega, 3 pm
Afternoon Adventures: Invent, Build, & Blast Off! with Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, 3:30 pm
• Club Fred, 3:30 pm @ Douglass Branch
Tech 4 Kids Open Lab, 3:30 pm @ Douglass Branch
Family Fun Night: Read to the Dogs – Greyt Readers, 6:30 pm


FRIDAY, APRIL 24
• Free rentals! 
Project READ Tutoring, 9:30–11:30 am
Virtual Reality Demo, drop in 9:30–11:30
Play Date for Preschoolers, 10–11 am
Toddler Tales, 10:30 am @ Douglass Branch
Starting Your Business in Illinois, 11 am*
Tag Bag Sale | FriendShop Bookstore, 11 am–5 pm
• Teen Lounge: Making slime with MEDLIFE (U of I student chapter of  global health organization) + sewing with Lori Martinsek, 3 pm
• Club Fred, 3:30 pm @ Douglass Branch
• Pop-up Performance: Edison Middle School Jazz Band, 5 pm


SATURDAY, APRIL 25
• Free rentals! 
Fun with A.I. | For middle school girls, 11 am–5 pm*
Tag Bag Sale | FriendShop Bookstore, 11 am–5 pm
Cowboy Randy Erwin, 3 pm


On exhibit:
• ”The Art Connection: Schools to Library” with artwork by 50 Champaign students curated by their art teachers, including Booker T. Washington STEM Academy (Emily Pawlicki), Central High School (Ravyn Rodgers Drone), and Stratton Elementary School (Priscilla Putnam); on view in the Children’s area and in the FriendShop Bookstore

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


Order your own library T-shirt ($20): Available in adult, youth, toddler, and baby bear sizes. Place your order online and pick up at the library a few days later.  Order here »

library T modeled by library director Donna Pittman, holding teddy bear, in lobby with red umbrellas hanging from ceiling


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