Events & Activities

Produce Is Waterproof

September 1, 2012 -
7:00am to 12:00pm

There are many wonderful things about locally-grown fruits and vegetables, but one of their finer traits, at least this weekend, is they don't mind getting a little wet.

Friends of The Urbana Free Library Spring Book Sale

March 30, 2017 - 5:00pm to April 3, 2017 - 1:00pm

You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night).

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any Library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

Members Night Regular Price Sale (Memberships available at door for $10.00) - Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (No electronic devices for scanning permitted)

Regular Price Sale - Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Half-Price Sale - Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Free Giveaway - Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

"MVMNT" w/ Mother Nature

March 24, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join Open Scene, a youth media arts project, for our Hip-Hop concert/showcase with Mother Nature!

Mother Nature, Inc. provides community outreach grounded in HipHop scholarship and performance with a focus on youth and young adults, ages 12-24 years old. Offering workshops and activities centered around social and political issues to educate our generation on the pertinent matters that affect their daily lives. By putting these grand topics into the universal language of HipHop, youth and young adults alike are able to more easily connect to the policies and laws being implemented that affect them.

Friday, March 24th 6-8pm - Hip-Hop concert/showcase featuring Open Scene leaders/artists.

Sunday, March 12th 2-4pm - Showcase of youth hip-hop and community discussion.

Storytelling with Andrea Perkins

March 10, 2017 - 6:00pm to March 12, 2017 - 4:00pm

Join Open Scene, a youth media arts project, as we kick off our next artist workshop weekend with Native storyteller, Andrea Perkins!

Bio for Artist: An award winning writer, Andrea learned traditional storytelling and Northwest Indigenous art from her mother and grandmother. Andrea has used this knowledge to share stories on issues facing Indigenous communities with audiences across the country. <> Friday, March 10th 6-8pm - Andrea will give an artist talk and demonstration on Native oral traditions and facilitate discussion on the importance of oral traditions and how writing has helped share and create new styles of Indigenous storytelling and how Open Scene might begin to write about and create our own.

Sunday, March 12th 2-4pm - Open scene stakeholders and artists will showcase art created with Andrea and open up and lead the IMC in arts-based dialogue, merging diverse ways of storytelling and art making

First Friday Reading and Book Signing with Patricia Hruby Powell

March 3, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Award-winning author, dancer, and storyteller Patricia Hruby Powell will be reading from and signing her recently-released documentary novel Loving vs. Virginia at the Urbana Free Library. The novel recounts the powerful love story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the interracial couple whose civil rights victory made history. As part of her program, Patricia will show clips from Nancy Buirski's acclaimed documentary, The Loving Story. (Courtesy Icarus Films). Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of Jane Addams Book Shop.

Patricia Hruby Powell danced throughout the Americas and Europe with her dance company, One Plus One, before becoming a storyteller and a writer of children’s books. Her picture book Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Chronicle 2014) has garnered numerous high-profile awards. You can visit Patricia online at