Library events, March 2-9, 2014

Library events, March 2-9, 2014

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.

Singer/songwriter Emily Otnes and her band, The Weekdays, will take the stage at 2 p.m. today for a free concert at the main library. Come hear these rising stars of the Champaign-Urbana music scene play their pleasing mix of pop, folk and jazz. This free In Concert at CPL event is made possible by funding from the Library Friends.

Krannert Art Museum takes its resources into the community with a program called Art-to-Go. At 4 p.m. Monday, kids can drop in at the Douglass Branch for a lively presentation, discussion and hands-on activities.

During March, Tales with Tails is the theme for the weekly Ready, Set, Read! storytime at the main library, with songs and stories about all sorts of animals. Bring your child or grandchild, ages 3 to 5, for animal crafts and activities at 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. any Wednesday this month.

Is your child starting kindergarten this fall? Then visit the main library from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday for Countdown to Kindergarten, where you'll learn activities to build skills for school success, including number and letter recognition, cutting and gluing.

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Urbana Free Library

210 W. Green St.

From 1 to 4 p.m. today in Lewis Auditorium, railroad enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to The Midwest Central Railroad Club Train Show. Watch the N-gauge displays, learn about train history or browse through the library's special train book display. The event is co-sponsored by the library and the Midwest Central Railroad Club.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lewis Auditorium, children and their families are invited to a Family Movie Night. Children can come dressed in their PJs, watch kid-friendly movies and enjoy a snack. For more information about children's programs and services, visit the library's website.

At 4 p.m. Friday in Lewis Auditorium, teens can join us for our monthly Urbana Otaku Manga Club. We'll talk about all things manga, including what's new in the library's collection. The meeting features snacks and prize drawings each month.

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Danville Public Library

319 N. Vermilion St.

The Classic Monday Matinee this week will be the 1938 screwball comedy "Bringing Up Baby," starring Cary Grant as a befuddled paleontologist trying to raise money for his museum and Katherine Hepburn as a flighty and irritating heiress who has a pet leopard named "Baby." Refreshments will be available at 1:30 p.m., and the film begins at 2 in the first-floor meeting room. Public performance rights for the film are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.

On Monday and again April 7, John Flattery will present his annual lecture on aspects of the Silk Road in two parts this year. On March 3, he'll explore the religions of the book — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — their shared values and their ebb and flow across the Silk Roads. On April 7, he'll concentrate on the Muslim influence that continues today. Both programs will begin at 6 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room. Flattery's program is made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.

On March 10, the library and The Land Connection present "What Will Be Your Legacy?" a live performance of "Look Who's Knockin'," followed by a discussion of farm transition dilemmas and options. "Look Who's Knockin'," written by Doug Nopar, concerns an elderly farm couple, Gerald and Nettie, who are struggling with the question of what to do with the family farm in the face of health problems and a lack of successors. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room.

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