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 Champaign-Urbana-based music and dance collective known as compostQ unites improvisation and composition in a blend that ensures exciting, one-of-a-kind performances. At 2 p.m. today, the group will bring its unique, audience-pleasing approach to the main library. Dancer Kirstie Simson will perform with instrumentalists Dorothy Martirano, violin; Chris Reyman, accordion and keyboards; Armand Beaudoin, double bass; Erik Lund, trombone; and Yu-Chen Wang, gu-zheng (Chinese zither). This event is part of the free In Concert at CPL Series, made possible by funding from Library Friends.
Help your little one build early reading skills at the library's free weekly storytime events. Babies Love Books, for infants up to 18 months, is offered at 9:45, 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. Mondays in the main library and at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Douglass Branch. Toddler Tales, for those 18 months to 36 months, is offered at 9:45, 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays at the main library and at 10:30 a.m. Fridays at the Douglass Branch. The main library also offers Goodnight Storytime for kids 2 to 5 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and a Ready, Set, Read! for children 3 to 5 at 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Registration is not needed.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org.
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
Children and their families can join us at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Lewis Auditorium for a winter holiday program. Enjoy activities celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the winter solstice. For more information about children's programs and services, visit the library's website.
Did you know your words can be gifts? At 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Lewis Auditorium, children in elementary school (younger with permission) can create their own gift of words and package them to share with someone of their choice at the Write On! Creative Writing Workshop. To register, call 367-4069.
At 4 p.m. Friday in Lewis Auditorium, don't miss the Urbana Otaku Manga Club, where we talk about all things manga. The club meets the first Friday of most months, is open to those in grade 6 and up and features snacks and prize drawings each month.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org.
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
The library will host a book signing for local author C.C. Wills from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Copies of his new book "A Cherokee Wish," the third in his Treasure trilogy, will be available for purchase and autographing along with the first two titles in the series. The novels are set in southern Illinois.
At 4 p.m. Dec. 11, the Teen DIY class will make holiday crafts in the first-floor meeting room. Space is limited, so call 477-5225 or stop by the children's or teen departments to sign up. The class is for 12- to 18-year-olds.
At 4 p.m. Dec. 12, Teen Book Club members will discuss the novel "Winger" by Andrew Smith. Each teen receives a free copy of the book, provided through a grant from the Danville Library Foundation. Teens (12- to 18-year-olds) may sign up in the children's or teen departments to participate in future club meetings.
For more information, visit www. danville.lib.il.us.
For an up-to-date listing of other community activities, visit http://www.news-gazette.com.