Library events, Nov. 3-Nov. 10, 2013

Library events, Nov. 3-Nov. 10, 2013

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.

In a program they call Tunes & Songs of Love, Merriment & Mayhem, the Big Bluestem String Band will perform an eclectic mix of fiddle tunes, old-time string band music, bluegrass and historic tunes — plus a sprinkling of blues and swing. Hear them at 2 p.m. today at the main library, part of the free In Concert at CPL series. This five-member acoustic ensemble features Kathleen Everingham, fiddle; Jose Agusti and Rebecca Grosser, guitar; Drew Phillips, mandolin; and Todd Kinney, bass. The show is made possible by funding from the Champaign Public Library Friends.

Would you like to use email but aren't sure how to get started? Visit the Douglass Branch for help with the basics of using email, computers or the Internet. Volunteers offer one-on-one help from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. No appointment is needed. Helpers are provided by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Have you read "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain? Then share your reaction at the next meeting of the library's Bring Your Own Book group. Each month, BYOB meets at a different location. The next meeting is 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Destihl, 301 N. Neil St., C. Everyone attending will receive a copy of "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson, the book for discussion on Dec. 17.

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Urbana Free Library

210 W. Green St.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday in Lewis Auditorium, children and their families can join us for our annual Thanksgiving Cookie Feast. We'll enjoy stories, songs, games and plenty of cookies. To learn more about other children's programs and services, visit the library's e-calendar.

At Ma Na Ma Na with the Write On! Creative Writing Workshop, children in grades 3-6 (younger with permission) can get inspired to put pencil to paper at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Lewis Auditorium. We'll create stories, practice writing as many words as we can and take home lots of inspiration. To register, call children's services at 367-4069.

At this month's Prairie Breezes concert, children and their families are invited at 4:15 p.m. Friday to Lewis Auditorium for the magic of piano and violin with 20 Fingers & 4 Hands. You won't want to miss this interactive concert of tunes familiar and new. Prairie Breezes concerts are family friendly and take place on the second Friday of most months.

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Danville Public Library

319 N. Vermilion St.

On Saturday, the Vermilion Valley Reading Council and the library will present this year's Authors Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fourteen (and counting) area authors of poetry, short stories, mysteries, biographies, children's books and more will be located throughout the library, and copies of their books will be available for purchase and autographing. Are you interested in becoming a writer/illustrator? Publishing information will be available. Fun events are planned for children, including Cricket's Corner, a scavenger hunt and Create a Story. Door prizes will be awarded every 10 minutes starting at 10:30 a.m. Check the library's website for updates.

The outreach department's free Monday matinee on Nov. 18 will be the 2006 film "The Illusionist," starring Edward Norton, Jessica Biel and Paul Giamatti. The plot: In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. 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.

Bargains galore can be found at the Danville Library Foundation's fall used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 23 in the first-floor meeting room. Books for adults and children, recordings, movies, magazines and collectibles will be available. Sign up at the checkout desk to volunteer for the set-up day, Nov. 22, or sale day. Members of the Altrusa Club of Danville will have pecans available for sale, pending receipt of shipment; funds raised support community projects.

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