Library events, April 7-14, 2019

Library events, April 7-14, 2019

Champaign Public Library
Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

National Library Week (today through Saturday) celebrations include more than 40 events, free rentals and more. Stop by to learn about gardening, meet a great author or enjoy one of the 11 weekly storytimes. Events are free and open to the public.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday at the main library, attend an evening with New York Times bestselling author Aaron Reynolds as part of the Great Authors at the Library Series. Reynolds writes the kind of books kids love to hear read aloud again and again — including Caldecott Honor winner "Creepy Carrots!" and his latest picture book, "Dude!" His visit is made possible with support from the library foundation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and book sales.

At 7 p.m. Thursday at the main library, listen to a dramatic reading of the top three community-submitted short stories and find out who will receive our grand prize for best short story as part of the first short story contest. Judges include Judy Elmore, manager of Jane Addams Book Shop; Aumaine Gruich, a creative writing instructor; and Patricia Hruby Powell, award-winning author of "The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker."

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Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.

Celebrate National Library Week (Sunday through Saturday) at The Urbana Free Library. Participate in a scavenger hunt and then enter a raffle for the chance to win a prize. Or celebrate by attending a library program and borrowing or downloading books, movies or music, or checking out musical instruments, games and more. Sign up for the library's newsletters to stay up-to-date on everything happening.

At 1:30 p.m. today in Lewis Auditorium, elementary students can attend a 3-D printing workshop. MakerGirl is a nonprofit organization that inspires girls to be active in STEM through 3-D printing workshops. During each workshop, students learn how 3-D printing works, how it is being used in the world, and they each will design and print their own 3-D object.

Which state is home to the largest ketchup bottle in the world? Where was the ice cream sundae invented? The answer to both these questions is our own state of Illinois. Test your fun-fact knowledge on Illinois at 7 p.m. Thursday in Lewis Auditorium to celebrate the state's bicentennial. There will be prizes for the winning team.

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Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.

On Monday through Saturday, join the library in celebrating National Library Week with contests and prizes. Find one of 50 Golden Tickets hidden throughout the library for a small prize. Use a book cover to compete in our Book Face contest. Learn the history of the library through displays in the adult services department and design a bookmark in the children's room.

From 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the children's program room, the Wonder Garden Club will use natural dyes to color eggs. The club is for children 5-11. Kids under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

From 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, children can read to therapy dogs, and kids also may bring and read to their favorite stuffed animal. The event is for youths of all ages, but kids under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

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