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.
Join Professor Chip McNeill and a talented University of Illinois jazz band for a free hourlong concert at 2 p.m. today in the main library. McNeill is chairman of the UI jazz studies program and has played saxophone with numerous jazz luminaries including Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Sinatra. This In Concert at CPL event is made possible by funding from Library Friends.
Middle and high school-aged students are invited to check into the Read Inn from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the main library. This Teen Read Week celebration will include a special photo booth, games, books, food and fun. No reservation is needed. This free event is part of the weekly Thursdays @ the Library series.
Students in grades 1-2 can read the books nominated for the 2014 Monarch Award and join in the library's fall book battle, the Monarch Award Challenge, on Nov. 9. The deadline to register is Nov. 2. Individual registrants will be assigned to a team. For details, call 403-2030 or visit champaign.org/justkids.
Enjoy a free, family-friendly evening of stories and music in Spanish and see the newly expanded Spanish language resources Oct. 22 at the main library. Fiesta de Libros! will include children's stories iat 6:30 p.m. and a concert of Latin music at 7:15, featuring locally based band Del Sur. Books in Spanish for all ages were purchased with a Back to Books grant from the Illinois State Library.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org.
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
At 2 p.m. today in Lewis Auditorium, children and their families from Urbana schools are invited to the Battle of the Books Kick-Off. To get started, let's list the books we'll be reading and talk about how the battle works. A mock battle and snacks will all be part of the fun. To learn more about other children's programs and services, visit the e-calendar on the library's website.
At 9 a.m. Saturday in the Flex-n-Gate Computer Center, join us for free one-on-one instruction at Computers 101. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops or use the library's PCs. Training is customized; seniors are encouraged to attend. To register, call adult services at 367-4405.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org.
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
Those 12-18 are invited to celebrate Teen Read Week today through Saturday — and become eligible to win a free book. Trivia sheets will be available at the checkout desk each day. Get all the answers right, and you can enter your name in our daily drawing.
Dr. John Flattery conducts his third in a three-part series of "Connecting the Dots along the Silk Road: Peoples, Nations, Customs & Religions" beginning at 6 p.m. Monday in the first-floor meeting room. Part III of the series will look at the Silk Roads' legacy in "People & Nations, Customs & Beliefs across Afeurasia: The Silk Roads of Today."
The library will host a book signing for local author C.C. Wills from noon until 7:30 Thursday and Oct. 24. Copies of his new book, "A Cherokee Wish," the third in his Treasure Trilogy, will be available for purchase and autographing, as will the first two titles in the series.
For more information, visit http://www.danville.lib.il.us.