New Digital Magazines: Read 200 Popular Titles Online
With new Zinio digital magazines, Champaign library card holders have unlimited access to full digital copies of almost 200 popular magazines, for page-by-page viewing on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. Titles cover a range of interests and include Car & Driver, Consumer Reports, The Economist, Martha Stewart Living, Us Weekly, and Vibe. Subscribe to as many as you’d like, and keep them indefinitely. When new issues are available, you’ll receive e-mail alerts.
For access, use the “Digital Magazines” link in our catalog (at the right side of the catalog screen). Click here if you want to get started now. You'll need to create one account to browse the digital magazine collection, and a second account to use the Zinio magazine reader. Digital magazines were purchased with support from the Champaign Public Library Friends.
Magazine Clearance & Children's Books Half-Price
Load up on back issues of your favorite magazines at the Magazine Clearance Sale in our FriendShop bookstore. See a list of titles included in the sale. Magazines will be 25¢ each on opening weekend, Jan. 5 and 6, when you'll find the best selection. The price will then be 10¢ each until Jan. 26, when it falls to 50¢ per bagful (bring your own grocery bags). Also this month, books for children, regularly 50¢ each, are half-price. The FriendShop, on our lower level, offers like-new books, audiobooks, movies, and music.
New Wednesday Shop Hours
Our weekday Holiday Bonus Hours at the FriendShop were such a success that we’ve added them full time! Starting this month, the shop is open every Wednesday from noon to 3 pm. Stop in during your lunch hour or afternoon errands. The shop is also open weekends from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.
Learn to Use Our Free eBooks
Got a new eReader or tablet? Let us introduce you to our free eBooks, available to anyone with a local library card. On Sat., Jan. 5, between 1 and 5 pm, come to our eBook Drop-in Day event. We’ll work with you one-on-one, taking you through setup and your first eBook download. Bring your tablet, eReader or other mobile device. If your eReader doesn’t connect to the Internet (e.g. Nook Touch, Kindle Touch, Kobo), also bring a laptop, if you have one.
We’re also offering classes focused on particular devices later this month and in February. See our event calendar for details.
Use Your Schnucks Card to Give to the Library
Local Schnucks stores will give our library up to 3% of your purchase every time you shop there and present your Schnucks eScrip card to the cashier. There’s no cost to you. Just register your card to support the Champaign Public Library Foundation. Use your current Schnucks card (“gas card”), or get one at their customer service desk. To register, call 800-931-6258 or visit champaign.org/schnucks. And thank you to all those who participate already; we appreciate your support!
Oxford English Dictionary Online
Now the world’s most authoritative record of the English language is at your fingertips. The venerable OED is the newest addition to our online resources, available free when you log in with your Champaign Public Library card. The online version includes the Historical Thesaurus of the OED, where you can explore themes, meaning, and ideas through the history of English. Create a profile to save entries and searches and set preferences.
You'll find access to this—and other powerful research tools available only through the library—on the Research & Homework page of our website. Scroll down to find the link under “Reference & eBooks.”
The Yellowjacket Stringband
Enjoy an eclectic mix of old-time, blues, Irish, and Cape Breton tunes. The Yellowjacket Stringband features Kate Fritz on fiddle and banjo, Claire Johnson on fiddle, and Tom Turino on guitar, banjo, and accordion. All ages are invited to drop in for this free In Concert at CPL event on Sun., Jan. 13, at 2 pm. Read more.This monthly series is sponsored by the Champaign Public Library Friends.
Storytime Events Get New Names
Starting this month, our weekly storytime events have new names and are designed for more targeted age ranges. The change is part of our new Ready, Set, Read! initiative focused on early literacy skills. For details, visit our online event calendar and look for these new event titles: Babies Love Books, Toddler Tales, Goodnight Storytime and Ready, Set, Read!
Celebrate “Vortex” Release
Meet local author Julie Cross as we celebrate the release of Vortex, the second book in her Tempest trilogy for teens. Adults and teens, join us on Sat., Jan. 19, from 11 am to 1 pm. Julie will sign books and answer your questions. To attend, register online or call 217/403-2070. Barnes & Noble will sell copies of Vortex at the library both before and after Julie's talk. Photo: Christian Doellner
The dramatic butterfly mural image created for us by acclaimed illustrator Peter Sís is now available on a sketchbook and a night light. The sketchbook, priced at $8, has 50 blank pages where budding (or accomplished) artists can let their imaginations take wing. The night light, priced at $18, is attractively boxed for gift-giving. Both can be purchased at our Checkout Desk. Proceeds benefit the library.
You Say the Nicest Things
This story was related to our staff recently: A patron had an out-of-town guest arriving, and the guest requested that they meet at our library. Why the library? He wanted to see the place his CU friend was always bragging about! Have you ever told someone how much you enjoy the library? It’s great when patrons help spread the word! Want to tell us about it? Drop us a note at email@example.com.
Amy Hassinger: The Writing Life & The Gift Economy
Amy Hassinger will discuss how writers operate in a “gift economy,” where success is measured in generosity of spirit rather than financial gain. Hear her at the next Lifelong Learners @ the Library event on Wed., Jan. 9. Coffee and cookies are served at 9:30 am; the talk starts at 10 am. This free, monthly series of talks on a variety of topics is open to everyone and is presented in collaboration with Parkland College.
Community Cinema: “Soul Food Junkies”
Soul food is a quintessential American cuisine with an abiding significance to black cultural identity. Filmmaker Byron Hurt's documentary traces the history of soul food and examines the socioeconomics of the modern American diet, with healthy options often expensive and hard to find. Come to a free screening, followed by a locally focused discussion, on Tue., Jan. 15, at 6 pm. Read more.
Meet Molly MacRae, Our Resident Mystery Writer
Molly MacRae combines quirky characters, a small-town setting, and an investigative ghost in her newest mystery, Last Wool and Testament, the first in her new Haunted Yarn Shop series. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine says MacRae “writes with familiarity, wit, and charm.” Come meet our successful resident author on Thu., Jan. 17, at 7 pm. Note: Molly works in our children’s area, but this event is for adults.
The library will close at 5 pm on New Year’s Eve, Mon., Dec. 31, and remain closed on New Year’s Day. The library will also be closed on Mon., Jan. 21, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our book returns always remain open for you to return materials.
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