Must-read materials

Must-read materials

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

-- Folk singer Jim Post will appear as Mark Twain at the CU Reading grand finale at 2 p.m. today in the main library. Twain enjoyed playing music and singing to entertain his guests. Come relive that experience in a performance that the Chicago Sun Times called "rousing ... an ideal family show." Post was a regular on the Chicago folk scene in the 1970s and '80s. His Twain show is an established attraction in Galena, where he now resides.

-- Children of all ages are invited to explore their creative sides with an afternoon of hands-on art activities at the Douglass Branch. The Art Education Day event is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. This event is co-sponsored by The Emerging Community Leaders and the United Way of Champaign County.

-- The Aduro Trio is our next guest in the In Concert at CPL series, performing at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 in the main library. This locally based chamber music ensemble has played across the United States since its members met in 2009. They were first-place winners at the 2012 MTNA String Chamber Music Competition as part of the Anasazi String Quartet. Trio members also are active as teachers at the University of Illinois and at Countryside School in Champaign. This series is sponsored by the Champaign Public Library Friends.

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Urbana Free Library

210 W. Green St.

-- You're invited to read and discuss a blend of new and old favorite titles at UFL Reads! Wild Card. From 2 to 3 p.m. today in the MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room, we'll discuss "The Shell Seekers," Rosamunde Pilcher's captivating family saga of a modern English family. UFL Reads! meets the fourth Sunday of most months.

-- Children in elementary school, middle school and high school are invited to get ready to trick-or-treat at a Halloween makeup party from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in Lewis Auditorium. Whether you're a scary monster, a pretty princess or a spectacular superhero, we can help you look the part and share some sweet treats with you.

-- On Saturday, come "get rooted" when the C-U Folk & Roots Festival hits the streets of downtown Urbana and the library. From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., enjoy The Magic of Storytelling (and More!) in Lewis Auditorium, or listen to a Sound of Folk & Roots Music from 9:30 to 5 in the Busey-Mills Reading Room. You also can Try a Folk & Roots Festival Workshop in the Satterthwaite Conference Room. For a complete list of C-U Folk & Root Festival events at the library and downtown, visit

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Danville Public Library

319 N. Vermilion St.

-- If you already own an iPad or if you're thinking about buying one, sign up for the library's iPad tutorial class, set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the second-floor conference room. The class is limited to five, so call the children's department at 477-5225 to reserve a seat. Presenter Marcie Morgan has extensive experience with the technology. She'll give a demonstration on setup, and talk about usage, tips, tricks and how to add library materials to your device. She'll also have a couple iPads for you to try if you don't have one. The program is free.

-- The Children's Garden Club invites kids to come to a Harvest Party beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the first-floor meeting room. The free program will include jack-o'-lantern pizza, Halloween brew and corn husk crafts, using husks harvested from the Children's Teaching Garden on the library's west lawn.

-- On Nov. 12, retired astronaut and Danville native Joe Tanner will share his experiences in space via Skype for this month's Local Connections film and discussion series. The evening will begin at 6:30 in the first-floor meeting room with a showing of the 1995 docudrama "Apollo 13," starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Kathleen Quinlan and Ed Harris and directed by Ron Howard. Discussion will follow with Tanner as he compares his real experiences with the "reel" version. The program is free and open to the public. Public performance rights for the film are made possible through a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.

-- Also Nov. 12, the library will offer a Kindle Fire class from 6 to 8 p.m. in the second-floor conference room. The class is limited to five people, so be sure to call 477-5225 to sign up. We will have a couple of tablets on hand for you to try out if you don't have one but are considering purchasing one. For more details, contact Marcie in the children's department or email

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