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Visit the library's bookstore

FriendShop Bookstore: 50% Off Fiction in July

• July 13–17: Members' Half-Price Sale
• June 29, 30, 31: Tag Bag Sale
Select titles available online!

Front of Main Library

Step into our light-filled, open spaces and see our wonderful Peter Sís murals, lively TeenSpace, quiet meeting rooms, café and patio, and FriendShop Bookstore. The library, at 200 W. Green St., is open Monday–Wednesday 9-9; Thursday–Friday 9–6; Saturdays 10-6; Sundays 1-6. Read more.

Douglass Branch Library

Open M-Tu 10-8 | W-F 10-6 | Sat 10-4; Closed Sunday
Our Douglass Branch Library is located on the edge of Douglass Park. Stop in for a great selection of books, DVDs, and CDs, plus friendly service, free Internet access, and public meeting space.

Donna Pittman in library director's office

Congratulations, Donna!

DONNA PITTMAN, interim director, has been appointed the library's next director, starting August 8. She says it will be an honor: "Champaign's continued recognition as a 4-star library is a testament to our outstanding staff, programs, and services. I look forward to continuing to work with the community in this new role, and developing new opportunities to make the Champaign Public Library even better!" Read the City of Champaign press release.

Delightful Evening with Author

WE HAD THE PLEASURE of hosting an evening with New York Times bestselling novelist J. Ryan Stradal on July 27. More than 100 community members attended, including a few area book clubs. The Midwest native spoke passionately about his love of libraries and read from his award-winning debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest. Thank you to the Library Friends who made his visit possible! Find Kitchens in the library catalog.

What's On?

WHAT DO FOOD TRUCKS, summer reading, and teddy bears have in common? Your library! For all August events, check out our online calendar or download the August calendar as a pdf. You can also find highlighted library events on Facebook.

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FriendShop Bookstore

Bargain books & more!

Hours: W-Sat 11-5; Sun 1:30-5
Select titles are available online.

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Food Truck Rally & Summer Reading Celebration!

Tue., August 9, 4:30–7:30 pm