Each week, The News-Gazette will offer a selection of events provided by area libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass branch, 504 E. Grove St.
Students from Edison Middle School have just completed a series of videos promoting civility. Join us for a red-carpet premiere event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the main library. In a series of brief scenes, the videos show how to interact respectfully in a variety of real-life middle school situations. Come get a sixth-grade perspective on civility and celebrate the students' creativity. The Edison video project is an extension of the library's civility initiative.
It's never too early to prepare your child for success in school. At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, bring your infant, toddler or preschooler to the Douglass Branch for an hour of activities designed to build school-readiness skills at home. Each child will receive a free book to take home. We'll also share information about developmental screenings for your child and local early childhood programs.
May the fourth be with you! On Saturday, May 4, known as unofficial Star Wars Day, join fellow fans for trivia, crafts and games at the main library. We'll also have special guests from the 501st Legion's Midwest Garrison and the Rebel Legion. Come as your favorite character and join in the fun from 2 to 2:45 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org.
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
Explore nonfiction titles that highlight significant periods in our past in the UFL Reads! American History event at 2 p.m. today in the MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room. The library's book club for adults will discuss "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," by Doris Kearns Goodwin. UFL Reads! meets the fourth Sunday of most months.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lewis Auditorium, local history buffs can join Ben Halpern when he shares his research and photographs from "Getting to Champaign," the photography exhibit on display at Illinois Terminal. The exhibit highlights milestones in the evolution of ground transportation in Champaign-Urbana.
At 10 a.m. Saturday in the Satterthwaite Conference Room, find out how to use sources such as online job boards and employer websites to find jobs at The Full-time Job of Job-Seeking. Learn tips about completing online job applications and required surveys. Some familiarity with the Internet is needed; to register, call 367-4405. Classes made possible by an Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org/.
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
If you already own a tablet or are thinking about buying one, come to our free, informal classes for adults. Upcoming classes include: Monday, Apple iPad; May 6, Nexus Tablet; and May 13, Kindle Fire. Each class is 6-8 p.m. in the second-floor conference room. Classes are limited to five people, so call the children's department to sign up at 477-5225. If you have questions, contact Marcie in the children's department or email her at email@example.com.
Help plant Downtown Danville during the 2013 Great American Clean Up from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Meet at 8 a.m. at the library and bring garden gloves and planting tools. Stay as long as you can. Nongardeners can help with grounds cleanup. Lunch for all volunteers is at 1 p.m. on the library lawn, with a raffle drawing held during lunch. And don't forget to buy your tickets for the $5,000 Landscaping Makeover Raffle (or $4,000 cash): One ticket for $25 or five tickets for $100. Only 600 tickets will be sold. For tickets, call Lynn at 260-3483, Jason at 474-3823 or Shelly at 918-1130. To volunteer, call Keep Vermilion County Beautiful at 431-2877 and leave your name, phone number and the number of volunteers in your group.
For more information, visit http://www.danville.lib.il.us.