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.
The student book giveaway ends today at the FriendShop bookstore on the lower level of the main library. Students of all ages can get one regular-priced book free and discover this great source for used books, DVDs and CDs. Throughout September, students also can pay half-price ($5) to enjoy monthly half-price savings as a Library Friends member. The shop is open today from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Additional hours are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Stop in at 2 p.m. today for an In Concert at CPL performance of classical Indian music performed on guitar and tabla by Bloomington-Normal duo Gurinder Negi and Manpreet Bedi in the main library. Funding for the library's monthly music series is provided by Library Friends.
At 4 p.m. Monday at the Douglass Branch, children in grades 3-5 are invited to join Kim Sheahan from the Spurlock Museum for A Day with a Knight. Come design your own shield, hear a story and play the medieval Game of the Goose.
Why do those old tunes make our toes tap and our eyes grow teary? Musician Matt Croisant will explain Why We Love That Ol' Time Music at the next Lifelong Learners @ the Library event on Wednesday at the main library. Come for coffee at 9:30 a.m.; the talk starts at 10. Croisant teaches mandolin, ukelele and guitar at the Community Center for the Arts.
We're trying our free Saturday kids' events one hour later — at 3 p.m. — in response to a survey of patron preferences. This Saturday, meet some of the magnificent birds from Wings of Wonder Avian Rescue in Mahomet. Then on Sept. 28, jam with award-winning children's recording artist Julie K. These events are at the main library.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org.
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
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, discover 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 this month's Prairie Breezes, children and their families are invited at 4:15 p.m. Friday to Lewis Auditorium for a special performance by internationally known storyteller and folk musician Dan Keding. He will lasso words, guitar, banjo and kitchen spoons to delight and entertain. For more information about children's programs, visit the library's website.
On Saturday, you'll have two opportunities to get in the game. From 2 to 6 p.m. in the MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room, join us for Second Saturday Board Games to play old classics and new favorites. From 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium, those in grades 6-12 can bring their own consoles and games or use the library's Wii to engage in some friendly competition.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org.
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
On exhibit through Sept. 30 is "The Art of Painting on China," created by members of the Danville Redbud China Art Guild. Sandy Burgoyne, instructor and artist, will demonstrate painting techniques for the general public from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, and she'll conduct a free china painting class for kids from 11 a.m. to noon that day.
At 6 p.m. Monday, Dr. John Flattery conducts his second in a three-part series of "Connecting the Dots along the Silk Road: Peoples, Nations, Customs & Religions" in the first-floor meeting room. Part II of the series will cover "People & Nations, Customs & Beliefs across Afeurasia during the Silk Roads." The third program in the series is set for Oct. 14.
Wednesdays at the Downtown Danville Farmers' Market on the library lawn 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, the featured organization is 4-H, and Hopscotch for Kids will take place at 10 a.m.
For more information, visit http://www.danville.lib.il.us.