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.
How much is half a million minutes? That's how many minutes kids and teens have spent reading in the library's summer reading game so far. And that doesn't count the more than 500 books adults have tallied in the adult summer reading program. Rev up your midsummer reading by joining now. The games, prizes and fun last through Aug. 15. Sign up or learn more at http://bit.ly/cpl_reading.
Author Peter Hessler explores the culture of chaotic driving in China in his book "Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory." The library's laid-back Bring Your Own Book (BYOB) discussion group will talk about Hessler's book at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Jupiter's at the Crossing, 2511 Village Green Place, C. Newcomers are welcome. We'll also distribute copies of next month's book, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity" by Katherine Boo.
Healthy eating for kids is a major concern today. At the free Rookie Cooks events at the Douglass Branch, children get basic, hands-on lessons in food preparation and nutrition. This program for school-age children is led by University of Illinois Extension staff members and offered one Monday each month. Kids can attend any or all sessions; each has a different topic. Registration is requested; call 403-2090. Upcoming dates are 3 p.m. July 22 and 4 p.m. Aug. 26.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org.
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
Children and their families can join us at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Lewis Auditorium for Have Space Suit, Will Travel. Travel to a space station with Dave Leake from Parkland College's Staerkel Planetarium, when Leake shares what it's like to live and work in zero gravity. An authentic spacesuit will be a part of the presentation.
At noon Friday, you're invited to Lewis Auditorium for some lively music with the talented young musicians of the Bow-dacious String Band. Led by instructor Robin Kearton, the group will entertain with traditional and popular music from around the world. For more information about the band, visit c-4a.org, the Community Center for the Arts website.
At 9 a.m. Saturday in the Flex-n-Gate Computer Center, the library will present Computers 101, a hands-on, one-on-one tutoring session for adults seeking basic instruction. Bring your own laptop or use a PC in the library's lab. Training is customized to each participant's needs. To register for this free workshop, call 367-4405.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org.
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
Fans of Beatrix Potter are invited to the outreach department's free Monday Matinee showing of "Miss Potter." The film about the beloved author of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and other children's classics stars Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and Emily Watson. Refreshments will be available at 1:30 p.m., and 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.
From 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Downtown Danville Farmers' Market on the library lawn, the featured organization is Habitat for Humanity, you can learn about Mexico with Patty Juarez or particpate in Sidewalk Chalk for Kids at 10 a.m.
From 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Covington, Ind., author Greg Apple shares his first book, "Visions: Seeing the World as it is, not Viewing as it is" in the first-floor meeting room. Copies will be available for purchase and autographing.
For more information, visit http://www.danville.lib.il.us.