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.
Ben Bedford refers to his style as "American portrait songwriting" — songs inspired by history and imbued with a strong sense of time and place. Rich Warren calls Bedford "one of the 50 most significant folk singer/songwriters of the past 50 years." Bedford will perform at 2 p.m. today in the main library as part of the library's monthly music performance series, In Concert at CPL, made possible with funding from the Library Friends.
Meet some wild friends dressed in snakeskin and shells when staffers from the Anita Purves Nature Center bring snakes and turtles to the Douglass Branch to give school-age children a close look. The free Discover Reptiles event is at 3 p.m. Monday.
Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art form of dance and music, encourages playful and spontaneous self-expression while building teamwork and self-confidence. Children from Centro LCV Capoeira will give a free demonstration and workshop for school-age children, including warm-ups, drills, partner sequences, tumbling and games at 2 p.m. Thursday in the main library.
Step right up! Bring the whole family to Dr. John Alexander MacRae's Incredible Tent of Wonders, indoors at the main library at 2 p.m. Saturday. This entertaining hour of marvels includes the World's Smartest Hat, identical snowflakes and a Six Foot Tall man eating chicken. MacRae is a Doctor of Curiositology and a real-life naturalist, raptor rehabilitator and former director of Naper Settlement, an historic site in Naperville.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org.
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
At 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in Lewis Auditorium, teens can join us for an Open Lab. Filmmaking, 3-D printing, music, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming or just hanging out — the Open Lab has something for everyone. For more information, call 367-4405.
At 4 p.m. Wednesday in Lewis Auditorium, get ready for Travelin' in Style with boats, bicycles and buggies, oh my! Children 4 and up can join Sandy Osborne from the Museum of the Grand Prairie for some long-ago transportation fun with crafts and activities.
Children in elementary school are invited to take to the stage and Laugh It Up With Zoo Improv at 11 a.m. in Lewis Auditorium. Be prepared for laughter and mayhem when this local comedy troupe shows how to bring out the comedian in you. For more information about Zoo Improv, visit zooimprov.com.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org.
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, the library invites you to meet Mandy Sexton Honold, the 92-year-old first-time author of the memoir "Showers of Blessings." Copies of her book will be available for purchase and autographing.
From 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Downtown Danville Farmers' Market on the library lawn, listen to cowboy music by Harley "Tex" Wynn. The featured organization is the Vermilion County Animal Shelter. Visitors can learn about Germany with Christel Seyfert and participate in Hopscotch for Kids at 10 a.m.
From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, meet teen author Lauren Elizabeth of Champaign. Her young adult sci-fi/fantasy "Looks of an Angel" was published when she was still in high school.
For more information, visit http://www.danville.lib.il.us.