Library events, April 27-May 4, 2014

Library events, April 27-May 4, 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 and author Mike Blakely has seen his songs recorded by Flaco Jimenez, Raul Malo and many other seasoned performers. His versatility as both an author and performer has been recognized with two Spur Awards — one for best western novel of the year and another for best western song of the year. Blakely will bring his many talents to the main library for a free program and book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday. Blakely's performing resume includes 11 CDs, concerts across the U.S. and 16 European tours. He has published 18 books, most recently co-writing with Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers.

Immerse yourself in the sunny sounds of Trinidad and Tobago, performed on steel drums by students from the University of Illinois School of Music. Take the whole family to the main library for a free concert by the popular group I-Pan at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Origami Fun series at the Douglass Branch continues with a new episode, this time with a "Star Wars" theme. Kids are invited to transform paper into a tiny Yoda at 4 p.m. on May 5.

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Urbana Free Library

210 W. Green St.

The Friends of The Urbana Free Library Spring Used Book Sale continues from 1 to 4:30 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in Lewis Auditorium. Browse for treasures and support Friends through your purchases. For more information about the sale and Friends, visit the library's website.

At 2 p.m. today in the MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room, unique young women are featured in a blend of new and old classics at UFL Reads Tales of Girls. This month, we'll discuss the debut novel by Karen Thompson Walker, "Age of Miracles." UFL Reads, a book club for adults, meets on the fourth Sunday of most months.

The Champaign County Historical Archives will offer a free workshop, Pinning Down Your Family History. The workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Lewis Auditorium. Learn the skills to confidently use Pinterest to complement your genealogy and family history research. To register, call 367-4025.

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Danville Public Library

319 N. Vermilion St.

The outreach department's free Monday matinee classic on May 5 will take you back in time to show the first film to win five major Academy Awards. "It Happened One Night," which was released in 1934, has often been credited as the first screwball comedy and stars Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m.; the film will begin at 2 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room. Public performance rights are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation. Call 477-5220 for more information.

With a focus on firefighters, the library and Jacqueline Woodard-Smith will hold another Pardon Me, Brother African-American Family History Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 10 in the second-floor conference room. Firefighters and their families who have stories or photos about Danville Fire Station No. 2 on Walnut Street are encouraged to share them to help the library expand its collection of information about the history of Danville's black community. Families who want to share their oral histories will be interviewed by Woodard-Smith. For more information or to sign up, call 477-5224.

Teens and fans of author Alexander London are invited to the library to Skype with the author. London writes books for teens, children and adults. At one time a journalist reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he is now a full-time novelist living in Brooklyn. The event will be held in the first-floor meeting room from 5 to 7 p.m. May 14. Book World will have copies of his books available for purchase. This program is made possible by donations to the Danville Library Foundation. For more information about the author,

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