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Tamora, Tortall & You

Meet Tamora Pierce, bestselling author of popular fantasy tales for teens featuring strong, smart heroines. On Sat., Jun. 4, she’ll be here at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm to talk about writing, sign books, and answer your questions. Registration is requested; it guarantees you a seat and enters you in a drawing for a free book by Tamora! (Read on for details.)

Win Lunch with the Author

Tell us how Tamora’s books have affected you, and you could also win lunch with the author, or a front row seat. To register or learn how to enter the contest, go to champaign.org/events and click on the event title on June 4 (choose 10:30 am or 3:30 pm). For more details, including sample entries, see our website.

Sidewalk Book Sale

The Library Friends will be in front of the library on Sun., Jun. 5, from 12:30 (before the library opens) to 2:30 pm, for their first-ever sidewalk sale. Books will cost just 50 cents, with a selection of hardbacks, paperbacks, and children’s books. Cash and check only; please bring your own bag. If it rains, shop inside at the FriendShop instead.

More Computers at the Branch

Interior remodeling of our Douglass Branch this summer will create room for nearly double the number of public computers. This will help meet the growing demand for computer time and allow us to offer free instruction on basic computer skills, finding and applying for jobs, and more.

Partial funding for the project is provided by a matching grant of $112,465 from the 2010 Live and Learn Construction Grant Program, through the Illinois Office of the Secretary of State. Computers have been purchased with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and funds from the Library Friends.

Recent Computer Problems Affecting Patron Accounts

Libraries in the Lincoln Trail Libraries System recently experienced problems with the computer system that includes the library catalog and library accounts. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this caused. The problems have been resolved, but there may be inaccuracies in some patron accounts, dating from Wed., May 11, to Wed., May 18. Check your account information online and, if you note any problems from that time, please call us at 403–2000 or e-mail us at accountinfo@champaign.org.

Seeing the World by Bicycle

Meet Tyler Kellen and Champaign native Tara Alan (pictured) who, in 2009, set out to see the world slowly — by bicycle. By 2011, they had gone from Scotland through Europe and Asia. Hear about their adventures and enjoy gorgeous photos from exotic stops along their route. Their free talk will be Thu., Jun. 16, at 7 pm.

Digital Photo Magic for Teens

Teens, learn how to make your photos come alive with art templates and other special effects. Bring your own photos, or borrow our camera and take some at the library. Register online now for this month’s program. We’ll meet in TeenSpace, on our first floor on Jun. 16, Jul. 21, and Aug. 11, from 2 to 3 pm. Come to any or all sessions.

Flowers for the Home

Brighten your home with cut flowers! Trisha Locke, floral design instructor at Parkland College, will give tips for growing, handling, and arranging beautiful blossoms. Join us for the next Lifelong Learners @ the Library presentation on Wed., Jun. 8. Come at 9:30 am for coffee; the talk starts at 10 am. This free series, featuring a different topic each month, is a community collaboration with Parkland College. All are welcome! Refreshments are sponsored by the Library Friends.

Summer Reading Clubs

Begin your quest to enjoy a summer of reading, adventure, and enchantment. Sign up any time starting June 1 for A Midsummer Knight’s Read, our summer reading game for babies to fourth-grade graduates. We’ll have a game for older kids and teens, too: Dream Big @ the Library! And adults can join in the summer session of our seasonal reading program, Book by Book. Online registration for all three will be available starting June 1 at http://bit.ly/cpl_reading.

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June 2011

Event Calendar

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. Or see a listing of this month’s events in our two page mini-newsletter; click here for a print-friendly PDF.

In Concert at CPL: Tim Grimm

Tim Grimm had a Hollywood career before returning to southern Indiana to raise a family and make a living as a singer and sometime farmer. Walking a fine line between folk and country, Grimm has been compared to Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, and Bruce Springsteen. Come hear him at our next In Concert at CPL event on Sun., Jun. 5, at 2 pm. This series is sponsored by the Library Friends.

“Special Books” Half Price

On June 11 and 12, Friends members can enjoy a rare chance to buy “special books,“ the newer and more unique titles at the FriendShop, for half price. The FriendShop, the used book store on our lower level, is open weekends from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Membership starts at just $10 a year; buy yours when you shop. Members-only discounts are offered the second weekend of every month.

Father’s Day Book Giveaway

The Library Friends invite all men (dads, uncles, grandpas…) to visit the FriendShop used book store on June 18 or 19 and choose a book to take home free! No purchase necessary for giveaway; does not include individually priced “special items.”

Teens Volunteer @ the Library

Wonder what it’s like to be a library volunteer? Come to any or all of our summer teen volunteer sessions. Gain practical experience through projects that help the library put great stuff on the shelves! Drop in from 9:30 to 11:30 am on Thursdays, Jun. 9, Jul. 14, and Aug. 4.

Two O’Clock Is for Kids

Our summer tradition continues, with great events for kids every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2 pm, from June 7 to August 11. Check our event calendar online for details.

Talk Books at Jupiter’s

This summer, our Bring Your Own Book (BYOB) discussion group will meet three times at Jupiter’s at the Crossing, at the corner of Windsor and Duncan Roads. Books for the summer are White Teeth by Zadie Smith (6/21), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (7/19), and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (8/16). Register for this month’s meeting and we’ll add you to our e-mail list. New faces are welcome!

Friends on Facebook

Facebook is one more way to keep up with news from the Library Friends, and the latest special sales at the FriendShop. Find them at facebook.com/FriendsCPL.

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