Events & Activities

Solar Eclipse Party at the Urbana Free Library

August 21, 2017 - 11:00am

Solar Eclipse Party for Children
Monday, August 21 • 11:00 - 11:45 AM

Today is the day! Come celebrate the arrival of the solar eclipse with stories, songs, and a craft. For children of all ages.

Solar Eclipse 2017 Party
Monday, August 21 • 11:45 AM - 2:45 PM

The Library invites the community to experience one of the marvels of nature at a solar eclipse viewing event. We won’t see a total eclipse in Urbana but we expect 93% coverage of the Sun, which should occur at 1:20 PM.

Bring your lawn chair and watch the solar eclipse outside on Cherry Alley. The Library available a limited number of free eclipse glasses (maximum of three pairs per family).

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. For more information, visit

Electronics Recycling Event - Registration Opens September 5

October 14, 2017 - 8:00am

The next residential electronics recycling event for participating* communities will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Parkland College, Champaign.  All households MUST register online to attend the event. 

Online registration opens on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 8:00 a.m.  This event is the only opportunity locally to recycle CRT (or 'tube') TVs.  There is a limit of 2 TVs per household.  Other electronic devices such as computers, monitors, printers, cameras and more will be accepted at the event,  with a 10 item limit of electronic devices per household accepted.  Households that register will be mailed a postcard that must be brought to the event for entry.   Please see the attached postcard for a complete list of electronic devices accepted at the event.

Enjoy our Natural Lawn!

September 16, 2017 - 10:00am

Starting in the spring of 2018, the City of Urbana Public Works will manage grass on the City Building’s south lawn free of environmental and health concerns for children, pets, and wildlife by not applying synthetic lawn pesticides and fertilizers. 

“The City of Urbana strives to keep our community a healthy place for everyone to enjoy,” said Mayor Diane Marlin. “Helping residents reduce use of synthetic lawn pesticides and fertilizers provides a safer environment for people, pets, and our rivers and streams.”

Paper Shredding & Mini Recycling Fair at the Urbana Free Library

August 19, 2017 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

To raise awareness of and help prevent consumer fraud and identity theft, The Urbana Free Library and State Senator Scott Bennett will be offering a paper shredding event for Urbana-Champaign residents.

Experts recommend shredding bank statements, credit card offers, and credit card convenience checks, canceled credit cards, canceled checks, pay stubs, and old photo IDs that are more than three years old. The shredding event is for residential paper shredding only with a two box per person limit. Please plan to take empty boxes home with you.

You also can bring old batteries, used cell phones, eyeglasses, metal keys, and inkjet cartridges to the Mini Recycling Fair, which is scheduled at the same time as the shredding event.

For more information about the Shredding & Mini Recycling Fair, contact Senator Bennett’s office at 217-355-5252 ( or The Urbana Free Library ( at 217-367-4405.

Urbana First Fridays

July 7, 2017 -
4:00pm to 11:00pm

July brings Urbana First Fridays three new businesses in downtown to enjoy! Blackbird Urbana, The Gilbert Gallery, and Spark Museum + Play Cafe! Boom. Pow. Wow. What other newness can you experience?

Some of UIUC’s top student startups from the University of Illinois College of Business’ iVenture Accelerator.

As you know, at 4pm lots of great activities start, but 5pm is when Main Street will start shutting down with content starting at 5:30.

For more information, check out

Urbana Free Library Pop-up Library @ First Fridays

July 7, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Library is popping up where you least expect it. We're teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to create Everybody's Living Room, an outdoor spot where we'll have cozy couches and chairs and lots of great Library stuff (including comics/graphic novels, board games, popular books, and more).

Stop by and get a Library card, check something out, or just relax and socialize. You also can come inside the Library -- we'll be open for First Fridays until 8:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Carol Inskeep ( or call 217-367-4405. To learn more about Imbibe Urbana First Fridays, visit their website at

Comic Con 17: Celebrating Comics and Fandom Since 2016

August 5, 2017 -
11:00am to 4:00pm

Comic Con 2017Dress up in your favorite cosplay and prepare for a day full of all the pop culture and geeky things you love. Comic Con 2017 will embrace all fandoms: from dungeon crawling D&Ders to Death Note loving otakus to gamers who just want one more hour of Minecraft™ or Super Smash Bros™, and hardcore Supernatural fans who make memes for every situation.

For a preliminary schedule of events, visit the Comic Con 2017 page on The Urbana Free Library website.

Comic Con is generously sponsored by Illini Media and Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

For more information contact Rachel Fuller at or Lauren Chambers at