Each week, The News-Gazette will offer a selection of events provided by area libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass branch, 504 E. Grove St.
The library's Civility Week starts today, and the main library will be rocking with civility-themed tunes and David Howie's new "Civility" song, as a week of events kicks off with a free concert. Join us at 2 p.m. for this fun, family-friendly event featuring Howie and guitarist Lou DiBello. Find out more at civilitycu.org. Take a civility pledge online and consider what you can do to make respect, consideration and kindness contagious in our community.
Important issues of civility at school, at work and at home will be discussed at a range of free events during Civility Week at the main library. Jill Bremer will help managers and employees create a more civil and rewarding workplace at a two-hour workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Register by 9 p.m. Monday; 403-2070 or visit http://bit.ly/civilworkshop. Conflict resolution consultant Topper Steinman will lead a lively civility discussion at 10 a.m Wednesday, and bullying prevention expert Dorothy L. Espelage will review the latest research at 7 p.m. that day. A prestigious panel of journalists and politicians, moderated by The News-Gazette's John Foreman, will discuss civility in politics and the media at 7 p.m. Thursday. And at 10 a.m. Saturday, attorney Bianca T. Green will talk about divorce and family mediation, a civil alternative to court. For details, visit civilitycu.org.
Teens can join in the library's civility effort by making their own civility-themed posters at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the main library. Graphic designer John Bonadies will demonstrate a real printing press, then help middle and high school students use his popular LetterMpress app to create designs with the trendy look of wooden type.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org.
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lewis Auditorium, join us when AsiaLENS presents "Witnesses to a Secret War," a first-hand account by CIA-supported Hmong soldiers who fought, survived, and fled Laos when the communists took over in 1975. AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings, organized by the Asian Educational Media Service at the University of Illinois.
At this month's Prairie Breezes, children and their families are invited to the Lewis Auditorium at 4:15 p.m. Friday, when Parents' Choice Award winner David Howie brings his guitar and shares original music and familiar tunes. Prairie Breezes concerts take place on the second Friday of most months and are sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.
At 3 p.m. Saturday in the Lewis Auditorium, music lovers of all ages are invited to a free CD Release concert with nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and folk musician Chris Vallillo. In the "Last Day of Winter," Vallillo has created a unique recording of original and Americana roots music on slide guitar. He will be joined by world percussionist, singer/songwriter and author Rocky Maffit. This concert is hosted by library, with support from JPE Inc.; Tarrant Insurance Agency Inc.; and Sara Tondini, Claymore Realty Inc.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org/.
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
On Thursday, the library's After-School Film for Teens (ages 12-18) presents "Dark Shadows," a Tim Burton film about vampire Barnabas Collins who returns home to help his dysfunctional descendants. The 2012 movie stars Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer. The showing will begin at 4 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room. It is rated PG-13; 12-year-olds will need a signed parental consent to attend. Public performance rights for the film are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.
On April 15, Victor Hugo's classic novel "Les Miserables" comes to life as an Academy Award-winning musical when the library's free Monday Matinee presents the film by the same name. The 2012 movie set in France of the early 1800s stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. Refreshments will be available at 1:30 p.m.; the film starts at 2. Public performance rights for the film are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.
On April 17, our Teen DIY class will be making pop tab bracelets. Go to theresabookinmynook.blogspot.com to see photos of sample bracelets. The class will be at 4 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room. Space is limited, so call 477-5225 or stop by the children's or teen departments to sign up.
For more information, visit http://www.danville.lib.il.us.
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