By Emily Harrington
A visit to The UFL library proved equally fulfilling as a trip to the CPL. The UFL has so much to offer the community. Some things are the same or similar to CPL, while others are different, making the companion libraries a perfect complement to each other.
With a recent visit to The UFL under my belt, I present to you—Five Things You Might Not Know About The Urbana Free Library.
1) Need a notary? Adult Services provides a notarization service for anyone who needs one and meets all the necessary requirements. A notary acts as an official and unbiased witness to the identity of someone who comes before the notary for a specific purpose (typically for the signing of official documents). The service costs $1 per notarization.
This service is available during the library’s business hours, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
2) Check out a complete learning experience for your child. Children’s Services has 31 learning kits available for check out. Each kit includes a variety of interactive activities. Some have puzzles, finger puppets, miniature figurines, stencils, activity cards, dice and books.
Each Exploration Kit is based on a theme for preschool ages. The UFL has kits on many educational topics including: colors, numbers, space, growing things, seasons, wild animals, tools and machines, life cycles, transportation, sea life and more.
If your child has a collection of their own they are welcome to display their treasures in one of six displays in the children’s area at The UFL!
3) Even if you are not a cardholder you can use the library (and check out). The UFL has a reciprocal borrowing system. So, if you aren’t a UFL cardholder you can still use the library and its resources.
Take me, for example. I live in Savoy and am a cardholder at the Tolono Public Library (TPL) which is in my library district. Even though The UFL isn’t my home library, I can still check out 100 items (except for e-readers) at a time by showing my TPL card. If you are a cardholder from the CPL you have even more checkout privileges.
4) Try a TumbleBook. The UFL provides online access to talking, animated picture books.Your kids will learn to love reading in a format they enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Anyone can access when visiting the library, but The UFL cardholders are given remote access for home viewing.
5) The UFL is home to The Champaign County Historical Archives. This room will support your research of local history and genealogy with both physical and online resources. I once hopped on a computer there and got lost in the databases for hours looking up family members from generations ago.
Because of the library’s affiliations, users have access to billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land and court records from more than 130 countries. All of the resources are available at no charge to all users in the library and some of the more in-depth online resources are available remotely for The UFL cardholders.
Visit this beautiful library in the heart of downtown Urbana. If you are an Urbana resident and aren’t a cardholder—become one today! It’s the best free investment you can make.
Emily Harrington is a Chambana townie that left her 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. job to be a 24/7 mom to a dreamy son. Still interested in writing, Emily uses some of naptime to practice her passion and keep her mind right. Emily is a happy wife with a happy life because she fell for a fellow townie. Oh, and let’s not forget her other son, a degenerate canine named Heppenheimer.