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.
BYOB stands for Bring Your Own Book, and it's the library's most easygoing book discussion group. Each month, we meet on the third Tuesday at a different venue. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, newcomers are welcome to join us at Sun Singer, 1115 W. Windsor Road, C, where we'll discuss the novel "Outside the Lines" by Amy Hatvany and hand out copies of next month's book, "Perfect Peace" by Daniel Black.
Classical Indian music performed on guitar and tabla by Bloomington-Normal duo Gurinder and Manpreet will be featured at the next In Concert at CPL event at 2 p.m. March 24 in the main library. Manpreet Bedi is the founder of a school to teach table drums to all ages and has collaborated on jazz projects with faculty from Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan and Millikin universities. Gurinder Negi plays guitar with several groups, including Bollywood band Shunya and rock cover band Party Cannon. Funding for In Concert at CPL is provided by the Library Friends.
Walter Dean Myers, the acclaimed author of "Monster," "Sunrise Over Fallujah" and other award-winning books for children and young adults, will stop by on his two-year tour as national ambassador for young people's literature. Myers will deliver his hard-hitting message, "Reading Is Not Optional," at 7 p.m. March 25 in the main library. This free program is for parents, educators (CPDUs available), teens and children in grades 4 and up. A book sale and signing will follow the talk. And at 3:45 p.m. March 26, Myers will do a meet and greet with teens at the Douglass Branch. These events are sponsored by the Children's Book Council and the Center for Children's Books at the University of Illinois.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org.
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
At 2 p.m. today, you're invited to the Busey-Mills Reading Room for another UFLive! concert. Find out what the buzz is about and enjoy an eclectic mix of old-time, blues, Irish and Cape Breton tunes with The Yellowjacket Stringband. UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months and are made possible by a donation from The Urbana Free Library Foundation.
At 10 a.m. Friday in Lewis Auditorium, children and their families are invited to Party in their PJs. Don't get out of your PJs that morning. Keep them on and head to the library to dance with Miss Lora. For more information about children's programs, visit the e-calendar at the library's website.
Ever wonder how a computer works? How networks work? What security works best? From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Lewis Auditorium, join us for De-Mystifying Technology, a series of workshops on computer technology, including hardware, local networks, Internet essentials and security. For more information about workshop topics, visit the website or call 367-4405.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org.
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
The outreach department's free matinee on Monday will present the Academy Award-winning 2012 thriller "Argo," starring Ben Affleck, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston. It's a dramatization of the daring 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. Refreshments will be served at 1:30; the film starts at 2. Public performance rights are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.
It is Dr. Seuss Month, and the children's department will celebrate his book "The Lorax" at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Kids will learn about the importance of trees and make an edible Truffula tree. The after-school program is free.
The library will host "Dollar-a-Day Boys," a musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps presented by Bill Jamerson, author, songwriter and filmmaker, beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the first-floor meeting room. It will be a fun, nostalgic look at the 1930s Federal Works Program that gave employment to 3.5 million men. Hilarious stories, foot-tapping songs and a short video make this a must-see experience, and people whose family members participated in the CCC are encouraged to bring their memorabilia and share in the discussion. A display highlighting the CCC efforts in Vermilion County, provided by the Vermilion County Museum, is on view on the second floor of the library this month.
There will be bargains galore at the Danville Library Foundation's spring used book sale, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the first-floor meeting room. Books, recordings, movies, magazines, collectibles and lots of cookbooks. Sign up at the checkout desk to volunteer for the set-up day Friday or sale day.
For more information, visit http://www.danville.lib.il.us.