Job seekers can get one-on-one career help online from the same service that connects students to homework tutors, offered free to you through your library.
LiveTutor counselors in the online Career Center are available from 2 to 9 pm daily to help with resumes and cover letters, interview techniques, or job searching. Whether you have no clue where to start, or need feedback on a finished document, there’s someone ready to help. Start at champaign.org and click the blue “Career Center” button. Log in with your Champaign library card number.
Join in the Friends’ Annual “Fall Fest”
Join the Library Friends, an avid group of library supporters, at their annual Fall Fest on Tue., Oct. 19, from 4 to 6 pm in the Robeson Pavilion. The event coincides with National Friends of Libraries week. Guest presenter will be author and rap artist A. D. Carson (pictured), speaking at 5 pm. Carson will also meet with teens at the Douglass Branch at 3:30 pm that day. Friends members, watch your mail for an invitation. Renew or extend your membership to receive one free book at the FriendShop.Read more about the event and guest speaker.
Low Vision Resources at the Library
The library offers many ways for people with low vision to read and do research. Our Kindle e-readers have high-contrast displays and enlargeable text. Use a Kindle at the library to read the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other major dailies and magazines. We also have thousands of large print books and popular audiobooks, including portable, pre-loaded Playaway audiobooks (just add earphones and a battery). Our full-color magnifying machine helps with reading books or mail, and looking at objects. For research questions, we’re glad to help by phone; call 217/403–2070.
New Card Fee for Mahomet & Tolono Card Holders
Starting November 1, Mahomet and Tolono library card holders will need to purchase a Champaign library card to borrow Champaign materials at our library, and by interlibrary loan. Cards will cost $200 a year, and will be available starting October 4. At a time when our usage is growing but our budget is tightening, this policy will help us preserve access for Champaign taxpayers, while encouraging Mahomet and Tolono patrons to use their home libraries. See more details.
Americana Rhythms: Native American Music & Dance
Singer-songwriter Mark Cleveland (pictured, far right) will join with dancer and distinguished elder Mike Pamonicutt (left) to share a program of Native American music and dance. Cleveland plays more than 20 instruments, including the Native American flute. Pamonicutt serves as head veteran in many Midwestern pow-wows. Join us Sun., Oct. 10, at 2 pm. The event is the second in our monthly Americana Rhythms series.
Fairy Tales and Folklore
Explore a world of tradition and enchantment in October. Children up through grade 5 can join the “Once Upon a Time” reading game. Read books of folklore or fairy tales for a chance to win a legendary prize. Preschoolers are invited to a series of Fairytale Fun programs on Wednesdays at 9:45 and 10:30 am. Each week, we’ll focus on a different classic tale, finishing up with spooky stories on Oct. 27.
Youth Literature Festival Preview Events
The authors are coming! Get ready for the 2010 Youth Literature Festival, October 9 at Krannert Center, with two events at our library. First, we’ll host a Sneak Peek Preview with stories and crafts for all ages on Sat., Oct. 2, at 2 pm. Then on Fri., Oct. 8, at 10:30 am, we’ll welcome author, storyteller, dancer (and festival guest) Patricia Hruby Powell. Home-schooling families are especially encouraged to attend this event for school-age children.
Contemporary Women Artists
At this month’s Lifelong Learners @ the Library event, Lisa Costello, director of the Parkland Art Gallery, will discuss contemporary women artists and how their use of materials, choice of subject matter, and innovative ideas are influencing the field of art. Drop in on Wed., Oct. 13. Come for coffee at 9:30 am, provided by the Library Friends; the program starts at 10 am. This monthly series is a community collaboration with Parkland College. Registration is not needed.
Architecture Talks by U of I Faculty
In four programs this fall, U of I architecture and design faculty will examine how architecture relates to the daily lives of CU dwellers. This month, on Thu., Oct. 14, at 7 pm, Julie Larsen and Roger Hubeli will discuss Stress Test: An Architecture of Crisis. The presenters propose an architectural “stress test,” similar to those that test the resiliency of financial institutions, but based on the resiliency of the material components of the built environment.
Find Great Gifts at the FriendShop: Book Lover’s Calendars & More
The Library Friends are selling 2011 Book Lover’s Calendars, with daily book recommendations, for just $7.95 in the FriendShop (compare to the list price of $12.99). Buy one for each of the book lovers on your gift list! As the holidays approach, watch for other gift-giving ideas from the friendly used book store on our lower level, open weekends from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Read more about the store.
See all of our events on our website calendar; use the month selector to view other months. Click on an event to sign up for convenient e-mail reminders. Also see this month’s events on our print-friendly PDF.
Help Set a World Record
Join with millions of children everywhere reading the same book, The Snowy Day, on the same day, Thu., Oct. 7. We’ll read this classic picture book by Ezra Jack Keats at our Read for the Record program at the Main Library (for toddlers up to age 5) and at during Baby Time at our Douglass Branch (for babies up to age 2). Both of these free events are at 10:30 am. If you have the book at home, read it there, too!
The Science of Makeup
Mascara, lip gloss, foundation… what is makeup really made of, and what does it do to your skin? Science whiz Joanne Manaster (pictured) will share the secrets in a free program for middle and high school students on Sat., Oct. 9, at 2 pm. She’ll also talk about the optical illusions you can create with makeup, to help you find the look you want. Register online. On Sat., Nov. 13, Manaster will return for The Science of Hair Care.
FriendShop Special: Orange Labels Equal Savings
During October, all regular-priced items at the FriendShop with an orange label will be “buy 1, get 1 free.” Individually priced “special items” with orange labels will be half-price. The FriendShop is a used book store where purchases benefit the library. It’s open weekends from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, on the library’s lower level. What do the colored labels mean? They help the Friends keep track of when items are received.
On Board with...Paula Kaufman
Read our Q & A and get to know returning Board of Trustees member Paula Kaufman, university librarian and dean of libraries at UIUC. Read more.
Shop at Schnucks and Support the Library
Local Schnucks will donate up to 3 percent of your purchase to the library every time you shop and present your Schnucks eScrip customer card. You’ll need to 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 follow the simple steps at champaign.org/schnucks.
Flavors of Fall at the Cafe
Cinnamon, caramel, maple, and pumpkin — the fragrant flavors of fall are being served up now at the Latte Da! Cafe inside the library. Grab a drink and enjoy it anywhere in the library. Try a Pumpkin Spice Latte, Maple White Mocha, Caramel Apple Cider, and more.
Staerkel Planetarium Star Search
Find stars, constellations, and planets when Dave Leake, director of Parkland College’s Staerkel Planetarium, visits the library. Plus, take a peek at the sun safely through a special filter, draw your own constellations, and make a star finder to use in your own back yard. This event for school-age kids will be Sat., Oct. 16, at 2 pm.
Library Friends on Facebook
Find the Library Friends on Facebook to keep up with Friends events and the latest specials at our FriendShop used book store. Visit their Facebook page.
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