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Burnham Society Kicks Off with Carragher Recognition

Our new Burnham Society recognizes those who help secure our future by including the Library Foundation in their estate plans. More than 100 people attended a recent event to launch the society and recognize a significant gift from the estate of Michael J. Carragher; our Quiet Study Room now bears his name. We thank our Burnham Society members:

Wes & Laura Curtis | Edith Ann Stotler | James Russell Vaky | Donald C. Dodds Jr.| Marilyn Whittaker | Kyle & Phyllis Robeson | Mark Ballard | Michael J. Carragher | James A. Barham | Sharon T. Fabert | Edward & Carolyn Ogen | Louise Allen | Mary Bissey | Jan Kiley | Helen McPhee | Robert D. Burnham | Mildred A. Schwartz | Mildred Van Voorhis Jones | and A.C. Burnham, for whom the society is named.

A.C. Burnham’s 1896 gift, given in memory of his wife, Julia, gave the library its first real home, plus an endowment for books that continues to benefit the library to this day. To learn more, contact Donna Pittman, development director, at 217/403–2050 or dpittman@champaign.org, or visit our website. Pictured: Festive decorations fill the library lobby, and Library Foundation President Wes Curtis speaks to the crowd.

Free eBooks for Your iPad

Using free library eBooks on your iPad just got easy as pie — and big as your iPad. A new app lets you read the library’s free EPUB and MP3 eBooks full-screen (not just iPhone sized). Search your app store for the Overdrive Media Console. To browse our eBooks and audiobooks, look in the library catalog for the gray “MediaMall Downloads” tab. Our downloads also work on the Nook, Sony reader, iPhone, Android, and more. Learn more on our website.

New, Later Hours for Live Homework Help

Next time your student is stumped on a homework question, go to our website, champaign.org, and click the Homework Help button to connect to a real live tutor online. Live Homework Help serves grades K to adult, and is now offered an hour later than before, from 3 to 10 pm — especially helpful for older students. Log on with your Champaign library card.

Mark Morris Dance Group: Book Reading and Movement for Kids

Come hear a story and explore creative movement with Michelle Yard and Rita Donahue of the New York-based Mark Morris Dance Group. Michelle and Rita will take you on a dance journey through some of their favorite stories for kids, accompanied by percussionist Cody Jensen. Join us Sat., Mar. 5, at 10:30 am. It’s a not-to-miss event for everyone who loves books and dance! Stories will be selected for ages 2 to 6.

Presented through a partnership with Krannert Center. Sponsors of the Mark Morris Dance Group’s appearance are The News-Gazette, Nancy and David Morse, Anna Merritt, Anonymous and the Virginia Ivens endowment.

Lower Prices at the FriendShop

All regular-priced DVDs and hardback nonfiction at the FriendShop are now just $1 each, formerly $1.50. What an affordable way to add to your home library — or enjoy reading or watching with no due date!

The FriendShop is the used book store on our lower level, open weekends from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Bring your own bag for earth-friendly shopping. For $10 a year, become a Friends member and get 2-for-1 savings on all regular-priced items on the second weekend each month. Note: 2-for-1 purchase limited to $100, before discount; second item of same type, of equal or lesser value; excludes individually priced “special” items.

Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten

Is your preschooler starting kindergarten soon? On Wednesdays in March, our Get Ready for Kindergarten series will use stories and crafts to help children aged 3 to 5 prepare for this big step. Each week will focus on a different key concept: All About Me on 3/2; ABCs and 123s on 3/9; Simon Says... Communication Skills on 3/16; I Can Do It Myself! on 3/23; and Please, May I Be Your Friend? on 3/30. The programs are offered at 9:45 and 10:30 am, and take the place of our regular weekly Storyshop events.

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March 2011

Event Calendar & E-mail Reminders

See all of our events on our website calendar; use the month selector to view other months. Click on any event title to sign up for convenient e-mail reminders. Also see this month’s events on our print-friendly PDF.

Meet Author Laurie Halse Anderson

Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity in books for kids of all ages, author Laurie Halse Anderson will chat with us via Skype on Tue., Mar. 1, at 7 pm. Adults and teens are invited to come get to know the author of Speak, Forge, and other award winners. Space is still available; register on our online event calendar or call 217/403–2070.

A Conversation with Parkland’s President

Parkland President Tom Ramage will update you on Parkland’s new programs, construction plans, and upcoming events. Your questions are welcome! Everyone is invited to join us for our next Lifelong Learners @ the Library event on Wed., Mar. 9. Coffee is at 9:30 am, thanks to the Library Friends; the program starts at 10 am. This monthly program series is a collaboration with Parkland College.

Text a Librarian

Now you can text us for answers to quick questions! Text us at 66746, and start your message with ChampLib. Standard message rates apply. For more in-depth questions, chat with us during library hours at champaign.org/contact_us, e-mail librarian@champaign.org, or call 217/403–2070.

Zoo Improv

You’re in for a bevy of belly laughs — and a gaggle of goofy giggles — when Champaign-Urbana’s own improvisation troupe, Zoo Improv, visits the library for a free family-friendly event on Sat., Mar. 5, at 2 pm. This ten-member troupe has been winging it since 2004.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Cafe

In March, St. Patrick’s Day is on the menu at the Latte Da! Cafe at the library. Specials include green Shamrock Smoothies, Irish Cream-infused Irish Maiden Lattes and Four Leaf Clover Cappuccinos, and the Peppermint Paddy — a delicious blend of espresso, dark chocolate, and peppermint syrup.

3D Drawing & Sculpting

How can you make a drawing jump off the page? School-age kids can learn ways to create their own 3D artwork at 3D for You and Me, an event at the Main Library on Sat., Mar. 12, at 2 pm. Then on Mon., Mar. 14, at 4 pm, kids can get creative with modeling clay at the Get Sculpted! program at our Douglass Branch.

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