Events & Activities

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Truckload Sale

May 6, 2017 -
9:00am to 12:00pm


Take advantage of one-day only bulk pricing for rain barrels and compost bins.  Urbana and Champaign residents are eligible for a $25 rebate for rain barrels with proof of residency such as a utility bill.  Sale is open to all.  Pre-order now at:

Each rain barrel includes a leaf and mosquito filter basket, an overflow adaptor,
a spigot and an overflow hose.

9AM - 12 NOON
Saturday May 6
Parking Lot North of City Building
208 S. Vine St.




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

Tenth Annual Fairy Tale Ball at The Urbana Free Library

March 10, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Come one, come all to the Fairy Tale Ball!

Adventure and excitement await! Fairy tale lovers of all ages are invited to an evening of stories, crafts, games, and entertainment. Don your shiny suit of armor, sparkly ball gown, or dress like your favorite fairy tale character and join us for an evening of fantasy and frivolity.

To view a schedule of events and for parking information, visit:

For more information, contact Lauren Chambers ( or Kathy Wicks ( at 217-367-4057.

Curtis Road Corridor Study Public Workshop

February 18, 2017 -
8:30am to 11:00am

Join us and CCRPC for an overview of the work to date and an opportunity to provide input:

  • What are your priorities for the Curtis Road Corridor?

Curtis Road Corridor StudySaturday, February 18, 2017, 8:30-11:00am
Church of Christ, 2601 Philo Road, Urbana
(NW corner of Philo and Windsor) 

The Curtis Road Corridor Study includes 4.6 miles of Curtis Road from Neil Street/U.S. 45 to High Cross Road/IL 130. The goal of this study is to identify infrastructure that facilitates mobility within and between the surrounding jurisdictions as well as supports and protects the disparate surrounding land uses, including the University of Illinois agricultural research and educational fields known as the South Farms.

CCRPC strives to provide an environment welcoming to all persons regardless of physcial or mental challenges, race, gender, or religion. Please call (217) 819-4077 to request special accommodations two business days in advance. 

MCORE Pre-Construction Open House

February 22, 2017 -
3:00pm to 7:00pm

A pre-construction open house for the MCORE (Multimodal Corridor Enhancement) project will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the project field office located at 24 East Green Street, Unit 19, Champaign, Illinois 61820.

The open house will be conducted on an informal basis; no formal presentation is planned. Exhibits, plans and aerial photography of the proposed improvements will be available for viewing during this time. Project representatives will be available to discuss the current construction plans for the project and to answer any questions.

The MCORE project is a transformative $44 million project designed to improve mobility in the core of the community. Project partners include the City of Urbana, City of Champaign, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Department of Transportation.