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Overdue Fee Changing July 1

Starting July 1, overdue fees for free materials from our library will be 20 cents per day, up from the current 10 cents. Rental items will stay at their current rate of 20 cents per day.

Due to slower growth of property taxes, the library’s main source of funding, we are taking a variety of steps to balance our budget. This includes trimming programs and leaving staff positions vacant, along with the change in fees. These steps are needed to keep funding for books and other collections close to current levels during a time when library use continues to grow. This is our library’s first overdue fee increase since 1992.

Meet Jennifer Weiner, Bestselling Author

Internationally best-selling author Jennifer Weiner, praised for taking “chick lit” to a higher level, will be at our library on Sun., Jul. 25. A book signing, which will be open to the general public, will follow her 2 pm presentation.

Weiner’s 2001 debut novel, Good in Bed, quickly rose on the New York Times’ bestseller list. Her next book, In Her Shoes, became a major film starring Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette.

Free tickets for the presentation will be available to Champaign residents at the library starting Sat., Jul. 10, at 10 am. Seating to see the program via live video feed will also be available. On July 21, any remaining tickets will be released to the general public.

Copies of Weiner’s books will be sold at the library starting July 9; proceeds benefit the library.

Tickets must be picked up in person, with a limit of 2 per person. Please bring proof of your Champaign address. Arrangements for the appearance of Jennifer Weiner made through Greater Talent Network, Inc., New York, NY. Her Champaign visit is sponsored by the Library Friends.

The “Read Me a Future” Program

Every child born our community becomes a successful reader: that’s the vision of our library’s “Read Me a Future” program. To help infants develop critical early reading skills, we give new parents a special “Read Me a Future” packet — before they even take their baby home.

More than 3,000 families receive packets each year at Carle Foundation and Provena Covenant Hospitals. These include a first book; Baby Boogie, an original music CD; and a storybook for parents demonstrating simple, effective ways to read with an infant or toddler. Parents can also have a library book dedicated in honor of their baby.

Parents and hospital staff alike have told us how much they appreciate the program. Private giving makes it possible. To give to the Read Me a Future Fund, visit champaign.org/give, or contact Donna Pittman, development director, at 217/403–2050.

How to Cancel Requests

No longer need an item you requested? Take a moment to cancel your request; it’s a nice courtesy for others who may be waiting.

  • Start at our website, champaign.org, and click on “My Account/Renew” to log in to your library account.
  • Click on “Hold Requests” to see a list of your requested items.
  • To cancel one, check the box next to it, and click “Cancel Request.”
  • You can choose all items by clicking the box in the green bar.
  • Note: Cancelled requests cannot be “undone.” If you change your mind, you’ll need to place a new request.

You can also delay holds so they won’t arrive while you’re out of town; read details in last month’s newsletter.

Jazz Sandwich

Our summer Jazz Rhythms series continues on Thu., Jul. 8, at 7 pm, with a free performance by Jazz Sandwich. This local quintet brings a wide range of tastes to the table. There’s jazz, of course, but also Jimi Hendrix, movie soundtracks, and whatever else the group feels like playing — all uniquely seasoned with various methods of sound manipulation.

The group includes Jeff Helgesen on trumpet; Josh Walden on bass; Josh Quirk on drums; Jesse Brown on keyboards; and Tom Paynter on flute, keyboard, and “wacky other stuff.” Drop by our Latte Da! Cafe on the way in and enjoy a cool beverage with your Jazz Sandwich.

Hear From Parkland’s Best Faculty in “Lifelong Learners @ the Library” Series

Enjoy lifelong learning that requires little time, and offers big variety! Lifelong Learners @ the Library brings you an hour of interesting talk on the second Wednesday each month. There’s a different topic and a different speaker every time.

Coming up, on July 14, Thomas Ayala, an instructor in Latin American studies, will talk about magical realism in Laura Esquivel’s book Like Water for Chocolate. On August 11, meet the mountain dulcimer. Learn about this simple, beautiful Appalachian folk instrument and join in singing traditional American songs with Hilary Valentine and Rebecca Grosser, leaders of the beginning string band in Parkland‘s Community Education program.

Come for cookies and coffee at 9:30 am; each program starts at 10 am. Refreshments are provided by the Library Friends. The series is a community collaboration with Parkland College.

Champaign Rotary Supports Summer Reading

A gift from the Champaign Rotary Club will help provide free paperback books to children at our Main Library and Douglass Branch — prizes for those who reach their reading goal in the “Scare Up a Good Book” summer reading game. This annual activity, sponsored by the Library Friends, helps keep reading skills strong during the summer. Around 4,000 children, from infants to grade 5, are participating this year.

July 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.

More Bang for Your Buck with Coupons

Shawna Martell, the Coupon Lady Online, will show you how to get everyday items for much less - even free! Come to her free program at the library on Sat., Jul. 10, at 10 am. Get tips on gathering, organizing, and using coupons, plus other ways to reduce your shopping bills. Last year, Martell paid just $35 for about $2,200 worth of groceries and household items. By day, Martell is manager of web development for Wolfram|Alpha.

Game Time for Teens

Middle and high school students can drop in for an hour of gaming at 7 pm every Wednesday in our TeenSpace. Play Wii games like MarioKart on the big screen or challenge your friends in Blokus or Jungle Speed.

At the FriendShop: Books on African-American Interests, Plus Fiction & VHS on Sale

Thanks to a recent donation, our FriendShop currently has a good selection of books on African-American interests. Look for them at the right end of the display in the shop. Also in July, fiction books and videotapes are “buy 1, get 1 free.” The FriendShop is our used book store, open on weekends from 1:30 and 4:30. Take the elevator to our lower level. Note: Sale does not include individually priced “special items.”

Analysis of the Scopes Trial

It was on July 21, 1925 — 85 years ago — that this landmark decision was handed down. Since then, other court cases have tried to define what should be covered in public schools. Rich Blazier will help us follow the creation vs. evolution controversy through time. Join us for his free talk on Wed., Jul. 21, at 7 pm. Blazier has taught at Parkland College for more than 36 years and is well-versed in the topic.

2 O’Clock Is for Kids

Our series of 2 pm programs for kids continues on most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays through mid-August. Highlights this month include interactive music in a Sing-a-Long with Julie K (Tue. 7/6); an Open Mic for Kids (Thu. 7/8; sign up by calling 217/403-2030); Life of a Revolutionary War Soldier with Deane Geiken (pictured above) (Tue. 7/13); and The Dangerous Program for Boys (Thu. 7/22).

Happy 150th Champaign!

Kids can celebrate “Champaign Then and Now” during our city’s sesquicentennial year. Drop by the library for this free program on Thu., Jul. 29, at 2 pm. Sandy Osborne from the Early American Museum in Mahomet will show artifacts and talk about what life was like for area children in the 1860s. Then put on your stovepipe thinking cap as we lead a shout-it-out trivia quiz!

Wowee Winner

Becky Allen from our Children’s Services department is this month’s winner of our WOWEE! staff award for Wonderfully Outstanding Work, an Excellent Example.

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