Library events, Aug. 4-10

Library events, Aug. 4-10

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.

Summer reading games at the library end on Aug. 15. Children need to claim their final prize at the main library children's desk or at the Douglass branch library before next Thursday. So far, kids and teens in the reading game have logged more than 800,000 minutes of reading.

Join the library's BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) group in a discussion of "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity." This brilliant book by Katherine Boo won the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

BYOB meets in a different Champaign location each month and new participants can join anytime. This month's meeting is at Let's Take a Seat, 2506 Village Green Place, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 20. At this meeting, we'll hand out copies of September's title, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail" by Cheryl Strayed.

To promote the new Friday hours at the library's FriendShop bookstore, the Library Friends are having Half-Price Fiction Fridays during August. Save 50 percent on fiction books for all ages, regularly priced at 50 cents to $1, including popular genres such as mysteries, romance and science fiction.

Those who enjoy nonfiction will also find big savings this month. Regular-priced nonfiction books will be half-price during all August shop hours.

The FriendShop, on the lower level of the main library, is now open Wednesday and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds support the library.

For more information, visit

Urbana Free Library

210 W. Green St.

At 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Lewis Auditorium, teens can join us for Open Lab. Filmmaking, 3-D printing, music, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming or just hanging out — Open Lab has something for everyone! For more information, call 367-4405.

At noon Saturday in the Lewis Auditorium, children of all ages (7 and under with a caregiver) can sway over to the library for a Hula Party. We'll enjoy crafts and snacks and practice our hula moves.

At 2 p.m. Saturday in the MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room, join us for Second Saturday Board Games, our monthly drop-in program for all ages. We have old classics and new favorites — and staff and volunteers standing by to lead demonstrations. Grab a beverage at the library caf and spend an enjoyable afternoon playing games with friends. For more information, call 367-4405.

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Danville Public Library

319 N. Vermilion St.

Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28: Wednesdays at the Downtown Danville Farmers' Market on the Danville Public Library lawn: Children's Story Time with Mr. Bob, 9 a.m. Free "Young Pup Yoga" classes for kids at 10 AM. For more information, call Leslie at the Library at 477-5227. The market is open from 7 a.m. until noon.

Aug, 7: Kids age 11 and younger: Join us for a showing of the animated adventure "Rise of the Guardians" at 1 p.m. The movie is free. Kids under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Public performance rights for the film are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.

Aug. 10: 7 a.m. to noon at the Downtown Danville Farmers' Market on the Danville Public Library lawn: The featured organization is the Boys & Girls Club. Learn about Nigeria with Nelle Aziakaziaka. Hop Scotch for Kids, 10 a.m.

Aug. 12: Learn more about the Silk Roads in a new 3-part monthly series presented by Dr. John Flattery at the Danville Public Library. The first session, "Men & Women Trekking the World before the Silk Roads: Roads of Exploration & Trade, Trails of DNA, Fossils and Artifacts," will start at 6 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room. The rest of the series is planned for Sept. 9 and Oct. 14, also at 6 p.m. People who attend all three sessions will be eligible for a drawing for a Silk Road-related prize.

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