Champaign library cardholders can find free eBook bestsellers and much more—including children’s eBooks and downloadable
audiobooks—in My Media Mall. You can browse My Media Mall via the library catalog; at the right side, click on the “eBooks & Audiobooks” link. Download and use up to five items at a time. You can place holds on popular titles.
To use our eBooks, you’ll need the free Overdrive app, or free software. Find step-by-step instructions to get you started at champaign.org/downloadables. Or call 403-2070 to schedule a time for one-on-one help from our staff.
Once you’re set up, our free CPL Mobile app is one great way to easily download and use eBooks. Download CPL Mobile at champaign.boopsie.com.
New Catalog Features
Our catalog has a new look after a recent upgrade. Here are a few improvements to note:
> It’s easier to limit your search to items at our library. First, do your search. Then look for "Library" under “Narrow your search” (right side of screen), and click the location you want. Hint: When you’re at the library and want to see only items that you can check out on that visit, choose the “Available Now” limit before you search. Do your search, then narrow to our library.
> It’s easier to see when items cannot be renewed (because someone else has requested them). When you view your record, these items will no longer show a checkbox for renewing.
> Recently viewed titles are shown onscreen as you search (lower right of screen).
> There’s now a handy link to our website, under the “Catalog Home” menu.
Didn’t Find It? Ask Us to Buy It!
If you’ve searched our catalog and we don’t seem to have the item you need, please let us know! We’re always happy to know what you’re interested in. Use our online purchase request form, stop by the “Ask Here” desk, or send e-mail to email@example.com. Please include your library card number.
Student Book Giveaway & Children’s Book BOGO
Throughout August at our FriendShop bookstore, children’s books, regularly 50¢ each, will be “buy 1, get 1 free.” On the final weekend, Aug. 25 and 26, students of all ages can choose any regular-priced book in the shop to take home free at the Student Book Giveaway. That weekend will also include a Tag Bag Sale. Bring your own grocery-sized bags and fill them with items tagged with a certain color for $1 per bagful. The shop, on our lower level, is open weekends from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. These sales do not include specially priced items.
Klezmer Concert: Don’t Ask
We dare you to sit still when Don’t Ask starts to play! All ages are invited to drop in for our next free In Concert at CPL event on Sun., Aug. 12, at 2 pm. This popular local quintet plays klezmer music in the spirit of Eastern European village string bands, with Middle Eastern and Balkan influences—and a few other surprises in the mix. The sound is joyful yet haunting. Featuring Frances Harris and Sara Sasaki; fiddle; Chris Reyman, accordion; Michael Shapiro, guitar; and Mike Meadows, bass. This series is sponsored by the Library Friends.
Summer Reading Games Still Going Strong
Summer reading games for all ages continue through Aug. 15—plenty of time to read on your vacation, staycation, or for everyday recreation! Sign up at the library or at http://bit.ly/cpl_reading.
Adults can log their reading online and post reviews in the Book by Book program. Teens can earn tasty rewards in a game called Eat, Sleep, Read: Life’sEssentials. Babies to fourth-grade grads can play the Treasure Your Reading game. Kids, claim your final prize before Aug. 15.
Summer reading for children and teens is sponsored by the Library Friends. Additional support for the children's program is provided by Champaign Rotary Club.
See all of our events on our website calendar; use the month selector to view other months. Click any event title to sign up for an e-mail reminder. Or see this month’s events in a print-friendly PDF of our two-page print newsletter.
“I love this app!”
Patrons are saying great things about our free CPL Mobile app, which makes it easy to check due dates, request items, get eBooks, and more. Features include Mobile Checkout, which lets you scan items for checkout anywhere in the library. Barcode Scan answers the question, does the library own this book? Scan a book at a bookstore, a friend's house, etc.; Barcode Scan will tell you if it's in our catalog. Download CPL Mobile at champaign.boopsie.com.
R-Squared for Teens
R-Squared stands for Reading Required, a fun group for middle and high school student. Teens, come share books you've loved (or hated), get your book review published on the library’s website, and tell us what you want your library to offer. The next meeting of R-Squared is on Tue., Aug. 14, at 4 pm.
Specially Priced Books Half Price for Friends Members
On Aug. 11 and 12 at our FriendShop bookstore, Library Friends members can enjoy their monthly “buy 1, get 1 free” savings on regular-priced items plus 50% off specially priced books, the best in the shop. Friends’ membership costs just $10 a year and includes 2 free regular-priced books of your choice—a thank-you when you join or renew.
Scott MacAdam, Library Trustee
Meet one of the newest members of the Library Board of Trustees, longtime Champaign-Urbana resident Scott MacAdam of Busey Wealth Management. He joined the board in July. Scott recently answered a few questions about himself and the library; see his responses.
Account Info / Renewing:
217/403–2000 Information Services:
217/403–2070 Children’s Services: