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Playaway Day: Discover a New Kind of Audiobook

A representative from the maker of Playaways will be at the library on Wed., Nov. 10, from 10 am to 2 pm, to introduce you to the easiest way to listen to books on the go. Our library offers hundreds of Playaways, portable players pre-loaded with popular audiobooks. Just plug in your own earphones, snap in a battery, and enjoy. There are no CDs, and nothing to download. To learn more, stop in on this Playaway Day any time between 10 am and 2 pm, near the elevator on the first floor. See a list of our Playaways in the library catalog.

Folk Singer-Songwriter Ben Bedford

After only five years as a full-time artist, Ben Bedford has already earned a place among “the 50 most significant folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years,” a list compiled by WFMT’s Rich Warren. Bedford will bring his guitar to the library on Sun., Nov. 7, at 2 pm, to perform music from his second album, Land of the Shadows, which topped the Folk-DJ charts early last year.

A 2000 U of I history graduate, Bedford calls his style “American portrait songwriting.” Read more on his website. The event is the third in our Americana Rhythms series. On Sun., Dec. 5, the series concludes with Songs of Woody Guthrie presented by seasoned performer and Guthrie enthusiast Bucky Halker.

New Card Fee for Mahomet & Tolono Card Holders

Starting Nov. 1, Mahomet and Tolono library card holders need to purchase a Champaign library card to borrow from our library. The card costs $200 a year. 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.

The Nonconformist House: Everyday Architecture in CU

What’s it like to own a nonconformist house — an ultra-modern structure surrounded by traditional Tudors, Foursquares, and Colonials? Find out as Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer discuss the architectural significance of their unique Urbana home, along with their plans for an addition. Their talk is the next in our Everyday Architecture series, on Thu., Nov. 4, at 7 pm. Newmeyer has a master’s degree in architecture, and Hicks is an assistant professor of architecture at the U of I.

Christmas in Illinois with Jim Ballowe and the Temperley Singers

Jim Ballowe searched the Land of Lincoln from Chicago to Cairo to collect tales, poems, news reports, memoirs, recipes, and images illustrating Christmas customs in Illinois. University of Illinois Press joins with us in inviting you to celebrate the resulting book, Christmas in Illinois, on Sun., Nov. 28, at 2 pm, at the library. Ballowe and special guests will read from his book, and local caroling legends the Temperley Singers (pictured) will perform. Photo: UI News Bureau: L. Brian Stauffer

Great Gifts at the FriendShop

Give the gift of a great book each day! The FriendShop has Book Lover’s Calendars, with daily book suggestions, for just $7.95 (list price $12.99). For affordable gifts, the shop also has a good selection of children’s books for 50 cents each. And the “special books” section features many unique and nearly new books; see above for details about a “special books” sale. The shop is open weekends from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, on our lower level.

Steel Drum Concert with PanUSA

Get moving to a mix of African music, call and response, found objects, and calypso! Families are invited to experience the infectiously happy sound of steel drums presented by Indianapolis-based PanUSA. Join us Sat., Nov. 20, at 2 pm. Photo: PanUSA visited our library in 2009.

Annual Report Online

This past fiscal year, we checked out a record 2.6 million items, welcomed more than 2,400 visitors a day, and were recognized as one of the busiest and most efficient libraries in the country. Read our full annual report, with more about our award-winning year, on our website. Photo: Barry Rustin Photography

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November 2010

Event Calendar

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.

Special Book Sale for Library Friends Members

On the weekend of Nov. 13 and 14, the FriendShop’s monthly 2-for-1 sale for Friends members will be extra-special! It’s a rare chance to buy the “special books,” newer and more unique titles, for half price. Hours for this great little used book store inside the library are Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Membership may be purchased at checkout for as little as $10 a year. Note: Purchase limit $100, before discount.

One-on-One Computing Help

Got computer questions? One-on-one computing help is now available every Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm at our Douglass Branch Library. Drop in for help with e-mail, office software, job searching, or just getting comfortable with a computer. Volunteers from the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center and the Illinois Informatics Club provide this free service.

Used Music, Movies & Fiction 2-for-1

During November, all regular-priced fiction and DVDs, VHS, audiobooks, and CDs will be “buy 1, get 1 free” at the FriendShop, the used book store on our lower level. It’s open weekends from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Note: Does not include individually priced “special items.”

A 3-Star Library Again

For the third time, we’ve been named a 3-star library by Library Journal magazine. Out of more than 7,400 public libraries in the country, only 258 earned “star” status. The designation was based on checkouts, visits, program attendance, and computer use per capita, using data from 2007–08.

eBook Readers for Library Downloads

Thinking of buying an eBook reader? Consider one that’s compatible with the Overdrive downloads available from our library. Compatible devices include the Barnes & Noble nook, Kobo eReader, and many different Sony Readers. For details, visit overdrive.com/eBookdevices. To browse our downloads, look in the library catalog for the gray “MediaMall Downloads” tab.

The Science of Hair Care

What’s the point of all those ingredients in your shampoo? Joanne Manaster, U of I professor and science lover, will share the dirt at a hands-on event for teens on Sat., Nov. 13, at 2 pm. To attend, register online. Manaster’s former work as a fashion model gives her beauty expertise from a professional as well as scientific viewpoint. Read more about her on her website, Joanne Loves Science.

Lifelong Learners: Viruses

As the flu season approaches, viruses are a timely topic for this month’s Lifelong Learners @ the Library talk. Vikki Crnekovic, associate professor of biology at Parkland College, will share her insights into the scientific world of disease, including the link between viruses and cancer. Crnekovic has been with Parkland for 23 years and says she “never ceases to be wowed by microorganisms.” Drop in on Wed., Nov. 10. Free coffee, provided by the Library Friends, is served at 9:30 am. The program starts at 10 am. This series is a collaboration with Parkland College. Registration is not needed.

Ginger Lozar’s Puppets: Morgan & the Pot O’ Brains

When young Morgan goes to a wise old woman to buy a pot of brains, he learns that two heads are better than one. Join Ginger Lozar and friends for a puppet presentation of this Welsh folktale, a program for school-age children on Sat., Nov. 13, at 2 pm.

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