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.
Brighton MA, the popular Chicago indie rock band, will give a free performance at 2 p.m. Aug. 25 in the main library. Acclaimed for what members call a "lysergic folkie noise-pop aesthetic," the band has been compared favorably to The Walkmen, The Flaming Lips and Bob Dylan. This event is part of the In Concert at CPL series, featuring monthly Sunday performances funded by the Library Friends. The fall season includes Gurinder and Manpreet, Indian music on guitar and tabla, Sept. 8; Chip McNeill with a University of Illinois jazz band, Oct. 13; Big Bluestem String Band: Tunes & Songs of Love, Merriment & Mayhem, Nov. 10; compostQ, music and dance collective, Dec. 1.
Help your baby, toddler or preschooler build reading and language skills in a fun and active way. Drop in for free storytime events, offered weekly at the main library at a variety of times. Babies Love Books (for babies up to 18 months) is at 9:45, 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. Mondays. Toddler Tales (ages 18 to 36 months) is at 9:45, 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Goodnight Storytime (ages 2 to 5 years) is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Ready, Set, Read! (ages 3 to 5 years) is at 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. No library card or registration is required. Storytimes at the Douglass Branch resume in September.
Songs and rhymes from the library's popular storytime events for little ones are now available on short videos featuring performances by library children's staff members. Watch the videos and follow along with the words to learn the songs, then share them with your child. Visit http://www.champaign.org/songs.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org.
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
Mark your calendars and come join hundreds of treasure seekers at The Friends of The Urbana Free Library Spring Used Book Sale starting Thursday and running through Aug. 26 in the Lewis Auditorium. Members of the Friends are invited to a special presale from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Not a member of the Friends yet? You can visit the library website to join online and find information about book sale hours.
At 2 p.m. Saturday in the Lewis Auditorium, children in elementary school can join local artist Brianna for Art Lessons for Children. We'll use cardboard boxes to construct and decorate a simple doll house or castle and learn techniques for making your own cardboard toys at home. To learn more about other children's programs and services, visit the library's e-calendar on the website.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org/.
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
On Monday, the Outreach Department's free Monday Matinee will show the 2011 award-winning film "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", featuring an all-star cast including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson. Refreshments will be available at 1:30 p.m., and the film will begin at 2 in the first-floor meeting room. Public performance rights are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.
On Tuesday, 12- to 18-year-olds are invited to the Birthday Club and Teen Movie Combo in the first-floor meeting room! At 2 p.m. is the celebration of teens with birthdays in August; at 2:30, the screening of the comedy/horror/romance zombie film "Warm Bodies", starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and Analeigh Tipton. It is PG-13; 12-year-olds will need a signed parental consent form to attend. Public performance rights for the film are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, come to the library to Skype with young-adult author C. J. Redwine, author of "Defiance" and soon to be released "Deception." The Defiance trilogy is a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins. Redwine lives in Nashville with her husband, four kids, two cats and one long-suffering dog. Copies of "Defiance" will be available for purchase. To learn more about Redwin, visit cjredwine.blogspot.com/.
The library will host a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m Saturday with local author Dolly Redden to celebrate her new book, "Songs I Must Sing", an inspirational book that's part memoir and part testimony of her faith. Redden's testimony has been published in Billy Graham's "Decision" magazine, and selections of her poetry were used in his radio program. Dolly was married 67 years to a military officer and has three children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Now in her 90s, she continues to receive invitations to speak to groups. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and autographing.
For more information, visit http://www.danville.lib.il.us.