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Celebrating Library Love!
National Library Week | April 23–29, 2023


Pete the Cat costumed librarian posing with smiling girl for photo in front of the library

CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK with us and share your library love! Enjoy a Great Author visit, live music by a children’s chorus, storytimes, a poetry reading, and more, at the 30+ events planned for April 23–29.

What do you love about *your* library? When you share “Library Love” photos or stories via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, please tag us.

National Library Week (April 23–29, 2023) is a time to highlight the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. This National Library Week, community members can show appreciation and support for libraries by signing up for a library card, visiting their library, following them on social media, and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek, #LibraryLove, and #ChampaignIL.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries of all types across the country each April.

#LibraryLove #MyLibrary #ChampaignIL
#LibrariesTransform #NationalLibraryWeek


SUNDAY, APRIL 23
Central Illinois Youth Chorus, 1:30 pm

MONDAY, APRIL 24
“Penny for Your Thoughts” Live Broadcast with Brian Barnhart, 9–11 am @ Main Library
Babies Love Books, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45 am @ Main Library
Mother Goose on the Loose, 11:15 am @ Douglass Branch
Teen Lounge, 3 pm @ Main Library
Intro to Photo Editing: Adobe Photoshop with Sarah Christensen, 6:30 pm @ Main Library · Sign up »


TUESDAY, APRIL 25

Toddler Tales, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45 am @ Main Library
Tuesdays at Ten: Out in the Garden! | Seed Starting with Maggie Taylor of Delight Flower Farm, 10 am @ Main Library
Intro to Microsoft Word, Part III, 2 pm @ Main Library · Sign up »
Teen Lounge with special guests, U of I REACT Chemistry Club, leading activities, 3 pm @ Main Library

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26
Family Concert with Eric Litwin | “Because It’s All Good!,” 10 am @ Main Library
FriendShop Bookstore: Tag Bag Sale, 12–3 pm @ Main Library

Teen Lounge, 3 pm @ Main Library
DIY Kids | Stop Motion Movies, 4 pm @ Douglass Branch
Family Concert with Eric Litwin | “Because It’s All Good!,” 6:30 pm @ Main Library


THURSDAY, APRIL 27
Make & Take for Preschoolers, 10 am @ Main Library
Babies Love Books, 10:30 am @ Douglass Branch
FriendShop Bookstore: Tag Bag Sale, 12–3 pm @ Main Library
SBDC Series | Tips for Creating Social Media Content – with Scott Clanin, 2 pm · Live webinar · Sign up »
Teen Lounge, 3 pm @ Main Library

Family Fun Night | Origami Frog Races, 6:30 pm @ Main Library
Poet Michael J. La Due | Celebrate National Poetry Month, 7 pm @Main Library


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

Project READ Tutoring, drop in 9:30–11:30 am, Robeson Pavilion @ Main Library
Toddler Tales with Special Guest Janice N. Harrington, 10:30 am @ Douglass Branch
FriendShop Bookstore: Tag Bag Sale, 12–3 pm @ Main Library
Teen Lounge, 3 pm @ Main Library
Friday Night Jam Session, 6–8 pm @ Douglass Branch · Sign up to perform »

SATURDAY, APRIL 29
FriendShop Bookstore: Tag Bag Sale, 12–3 pm

On exhibit:
• “The Art Connection: Schools to Library” – Artwork by 60+ Champaign Unit 4 School District students, curated by their art teachers:
—Tara Starling, Centennial High School
—Madlyn Stevens, Franklin STEAM Academy
—Grant Thomas, Barkstall Elementary School

The exhibit is on display in the Children’s area on the first floor and in the FriendShop Bookstore on the lower level.

The FriendShop is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 3 pm.

Eric Litwin portrait with guitar, holding Pete the Cat book


Get your own library T-shirt ($25): Available in adult, youth, toddler, and baby sizes. Place your order online and pick up at the library, or we can ship anywhere. Order shirts and sweatshirts »


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