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.
Black Coffee Fridays is an acoustic string band in the bluegrass tradition, organically grown out of companionship, a love for music and porch chilling. The group will give a free performance for all ages at 2 p.m. today in the main library. Black Coffee Fridays plays a mix of original material and older tunes and features Charlie Harris on bass, Phil Alley on guitar, Sam Payne on guitar and mandolin and Cody Jensen on mandolin and banjo. This event is part of the monthly In Concert at CPL series, made possible by funding from Library Friends.
Lifelong Learners @ the Library is a community collaboration with Parkland College offering free monthly talks on a variety of topics at the main library. On Wednesday, Ian Wang will give an illustrated presentation highlighting the more than 100-year-long history of the Chinese in Champaign-Urbana and at the University of Illinois. Coffee and cookies will be served at 9:30 a.m.; the talk starts at 10. Wang is a curator for the Spurlock Museum and serves on its board of directors. He has written a history of UI museums and has researched the links between the Chinese community and the Krannert Art Museum's Asian Art Gallery.
In honor of moms — and aunts and grandmas, too — women can visit the library's FriendShop bookstore between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Mother's Day weekend, May 11-12, and choose any regular-priced book to take home free. The shop also is offering 50 percent off regular-priced fiction throughout May. Located on the lower level of the main library, the shop offers like-new books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org.
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
At 3 p.m. today in Lewis Auditorium, children and their families can join Amasong for "Wheels and Sails," a transportation-themed concert. The performance will feature songs about sailing and trains. It's sing-along fun with classic favorites. For more information about children's services and programs, visit the library's website.
Research nights at the Champaign County Historical Archives are now enhanced with special topics. At 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Jean Evans Archives Room, discover the many helpful resources in the archives at Beginning Genealogy Research. Research nights are on the second Wednesday of the month and are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org.
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
The library's Teen Space will hold two DIY classes in May: On May 15 (back by popular demand), it's pop-tab bracelets; on May 22, altered clipboards. Go to our blog, theresabookinmynook.blogspot.com, for more information. Both classes are set for 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. Teen DIY classes are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.
On May 20, the free Monday Matinee presents the award-winning film "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field. Refreshments are at 1:30 p.m.; film at 2. Public performance rights for the film are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.
On May 22, the Downtown Danville Farmers' Market returns to the library lawn. The market will run from 7 a.m. to noon every Wednesday and Saturday through Oct. 5.
For more information, visit http://www.danville.lib.il.us.