Library events, Aug. 11-18, 2013
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 Thursday. Children need to claim their final prize at the main library children's desk or at the Douglass Branch library before Aug. 15. Congratulations to everyone who read this summer! Children and teens in the reading game have logged close to 1 million minutes of reading.
Join the library's Bring Your Own Book group in a discussion of Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity," winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction. BYOB meets in a different Champaign location each month, and new participants are welcome. This month's meeting is set for 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at Let's Take a Seat, 2506 Village Green Place, C. At this meeting, we'll hand out copies of September's title: "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed.
Big savings make this a great month to discover the library's FriendShop bookstore, offering used books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks, most for $1 or less. Throughout August, the shop is having Half-Price Fiction Fridays, including mystery, romance, sci-fi and literature. Even better, nonfiction books are half-price throughout the month. The sales include books for all ages but not specially priced books. The FriendShop, a project of the Library Friends, is on the lower level of the main library, and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds support the library.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org.
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
At 9:30 or 10:15 a.m. Monday in the Lewis Auditorium, children from birth to age 5 with a caregiver can join us for singing and fun with Miss Theresa. To learn about other children's programs, visit the library's e-calendar on its website (see below).
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, learn how to get the most out of heritagequest.com. Research nights are on the second Wednesday of the month and are free and open to the public.
At 10 a.m. Saturday in the Flex-n-Gate Computer Center, the library will present Computers 101, a hands-on, one-on-one session for adults seeking basic computer instruction. Training is customized to each participant's needs. To register for this free workshop, please call 367-4405.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org/.
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
Learn more about the Silk Roads in a new three-part monthly series presented by Dr. John Flattery. The first session Monday, titled "Men & Women Trekking the World before the Silk Roads: Roads of Exploration & Trade, Trails of DNA, Fossils and Artifacts" will be at 6 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room. The rest of the series is planned for 6 p.m. Sept. 9 and Oct. 14. People who attend all three sessions will be eligible for a drawing for a Silk Road-related prize.
On Wednesday, our August Teen DIY class will make Altered Composition Books for back to school. The class is 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.
On Wednesday and again Aug. 21 and 28, as part of the Downtown Danville Farmers' Market on the library lawn, activities include Children's Story Time with Mr. Bob, 9 a.m. and free "Young Pup Yoga" classes for kids at 10. For more information, call Leslie at the library at 477-5227. The market is open from 7 a.m. to noon.
The library will host a book signing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with Robert K. Cunningham, author of "Hello, my name is Bob; the story of a common man". Over the years, you might have seen Cunningham greeting his customers at the Colonial Parkway (now Walgreen's on Main) or Mike's Mayfair Inn (now V.I.P.s) in Danville; Mike's Colonial Parkway (now Vickery's) in Covington, Ind., or Mike's Grill (at the corner of Illinois 136 and Old 63). As owner-operator of these fine establishments, he met a lot of people and made a lot of friends. A small businessman and a devoted Christian, Cunningham has penned a book that is part memoir and part reflection on family, marriage, business, government, religion, sex and the media, and grandchildren. A Danville native, he resides in Covington with his wife, Roberta. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and autographing.
For more information, visit http://www.danville.lib.il.us.
For an up-to-date listing of other community activities, visit http://www.news-gazette.com.