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.
A free book makes a great gift for Mother's Day. Women are invited to visit the library's FriendShop bookstore today and get one regular-priced book of their choice free during the Mother's Day Book Giveaway. The shop also is offering 50 percent off regular-priced fiction throughout May. On the lower level of the main library, the shop offers like-new books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Hours are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on weekends and noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. No purchase necessary for giveaway.
Children in Calcutta's slums — using street theater, puppetry and dance as their weapons — have cut their neighborhoods' malaria and diarrhea rates in half and turned garbage dumps into playing fields. See their story at a free screening of the film "Revolutionary Optimists" at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the main library. A discussion will follow. This event is part of the Community Cinema series presented by Illinois Public Media, WILL.Radio.TV.Online and the library in collaboration with "Independent Lens" and ITVS.
Young musicians from the Mo' Betta Music Academy will present a free jazz concert for all ages at 2 p.m. Saturday in the main library. Mo' Betta is a program of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois and the Bridgewater-Sullivan Community Life Center in Champaign, offering instruction in blues, jazz, gospel, soul and R&B to low-income and underrepresented students. By bringing together students from different social and cultural backgrounds, Mo' Betta seeks to break down stereotypes and develop life skills such as problem-solving, self-discipline and cooperation.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org.
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
At 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in Lewis Auditorium, you're invited to a live stream of "Dan Brown at Lincoln Center: An Evening of Codes, Symbols and Secrets." The bestselling author will speak about science, religion, codes, book publishing, movie making and a few surprises. To place a hold request on "Inferno," Brown's upcoming thriller, call the library at 367-4405 or visit the library's website.
At 10 a.m. Saturday in the Flex-n-Gate Computer Center, the library will present Computers 101, a hands-on, one-on-one session for adults seeking basic computer instruction. Training is customized to each participant's needs. To register for this free workshop, call 367-4405.
Looking for adventure? Get ready to take off on a summer-long journey when you sign up for Have Book — Will Travel!, the summer reading program for children and teens. Read books, fill out your passport and win prizes. Registration begins May 20. Check the library's website for updates on how to plan your summer reading journey.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org.
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
The library's Teen Space will hold two DIY classes in May: On Wednesday (back by popular demand), it's pop-tab bracelets; on May 22, altered clipboards. Go to our blog, theresabookinmynook.blogspot.com, for more information. Both classes are set for 4 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room. Space is limited, so call 477-5225 or stop by the children's area or teen department to sign up. Teen DIY classes are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.
On May 20, the free Monday matinee presents the award-winning film "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field. Refreshments are at 1:30 p.m.; the film starts at 2. Public performance rights are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.
On May 22, the Downtown Danville Farmers' Market returns to the library lawn. The market will run from 7 a.m. to noon every Wednesday and Saturday through Oct. 5.
For more information, visit http://www.danville.lib.il.us.