Library events, Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Library events, Aug. 25-Sept. 1

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.

Brighton MA, the popular Chicago indie rock band, will give a free performance at 2 p.m. today at the main library. Acclaimed for what members describe as a "lysergic folkie noise-pop aesthetic and bold vulnerability," the band has been compared 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 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.

Get ready to join a library book discussion group this fall by reading the next selection now. The Table Talk group, which meets at the Douglass Branch, will discuss "A House Divided" by Kimberla Lawson Roby on Sept. 10. The Cover-to-Cover group will meet at the main library on Sept. 12 to discuss the classic "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." The Bring Your Own Book group will read "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed on Sept. 17. BYOB meets at a different Champaign venue each month. For details about all locations and times, check

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 to build prereading skills. Visit

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Urbana Free Library

210 W. Green St.

You're invited to read and discuss a blend of new and old favorite titles at UFL Reads! Wild Card at 2 p.m. today in the MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room. We'll discuss "Wonderland Creek" by Lynn Austin. UFL Reads! meets the fourth Sunday of most months.

The Friends of The Urbana Free Library Fall Used Book Sale continues from 1 to 4:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Monday in Lewis Auditorium. Browse for treasures and support the Friends through your purchases. For more information about the sale and the Friends, visit the library's website.

At 10 a.m. Saturday in the Satterthwaite Conference Room, learn skills for creating a professional cover letter, resume, curriculum vitae and more at TECH 21: Being Professional on Paper. About one hour of instruction will be followed by one hour of document creation. Some familiarity with Microsoft Word and the Internet is helpful. To register, call 367-4405. This class is made possible by an Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

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Danville Public Library

319 N. Vermilion St.

Through Saturday, the library is showing "Reading Around the World in Vinogradoff Porcelain: Russian Folktales by the Masters of Palekh." The exhibit, on the second floor, has the folktales in both English and Russian. Each plate illustrates a different tale. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Wednesday's Downtown Danville Farmers' Market on the library lawn will include Children's Story Time with Mr. Bob at 9 a.m. and free "Young Pup Yoga" classes for kids at 10 a.m. For more information, call Leslie at 477-5227. The market is open from 7 a.m. to noon.

From 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Downtown Danville Farmers' Market on the library lawn, check out the featured organization: The Red Mask Players theater group. Entertainment includes guitar music and songs with John McMahon. And at 10 a.m., youngsters can play jacks and board games.

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