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.
The popular local trio Sandunga will warm your afternoon today with the upbeat, danceable sounds of Cuban Son, influenced by artists such as the Buena Vista Social Club. All ages are welcome at this free In Concert at CPL event from 2 to 3 p.m. at the main library. This monthly music series is funded by the Library Friends.
The magazine clearance sale continues today, offering older issues of popular magazines for 25 cents each in the FriendShop, the bookstore on the main library's lower level. The sale continues during all shop hours through Jan. 26. On Jan. 25-26, remaining magazines will be $1 per bagful. Proceeds support the library. Shop hours are 1:30-5 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Learn to use the library's free eBooks or downloadable audiobooks at the EBook Drop-in Clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the main library. Come in for personalized, one-on-one help. You'll need a local library card and your tablet, eReader or mobile device. If your eReader doesn't connect to the Internet, bring a laptop, too. For details, call 403-2070 or visit bit.ly/ebook_clinic_jan18.
Have you read "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak? Share your thoughts at the next meeting of the library's casual Bring Your Own Book group, known as BYOB. Join us at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at Big Grove Tavern, 1 E. Main St., C. Everyone attending will receive a copy of the book for discussion on Feb. 18: "I Love Yous Are for White People: A Memoir" by Lac Su.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org.
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
At noon today in Lewis Auditorium, it's time for Pops at the Library! With a collection of central Illinois musicians, the Urbana Pops Orchestra brings high-quality music to Urbana and surrounding communities. At this recital, you can enjoy Nathaniel Geiger on trombone. The event is co-sponsored by the library and the Urbana Pops Orchestra.
At 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Lewis Auditorium, children in grades 2-6 (younger with permission), can discover how to use their powers of observation to increase their super writing powers at the Write On! Creative Writing Workshop. For questions and to register, call 367-4069.
At 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Lewis Auditorium, children in grades 3-5 are invited to get prepped for the annual USD 116 Battle of the Books. We'll share trivia about the books we'll read and have a few snacks. For more information about children's programs, visit the library's e-calendar on the website.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org.
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
The children's department's Free Movie for Kids will present the prehistoric comedy adventure "The Croods" (PG) beginning at 3 p.m. Monday in the first-floor meeting room. The program is for kids 11 and younger; those under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Public performance rights are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.
The Free Film for Teens will be "The Smurfs 2" (PG), beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the first-floor meeting room. The showing is for youths 12-18. Public performance rights are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.
The Danville Public Library Outreach Department's free Monday Matinee on Jan. 20 will feature the 2011 film "Real Steel," starring Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo. In the near future when human boxers have been replaced by robots, Charlie Kenton, estranged and absent father to Max, forges a deep bond with his son as they work together to rehab an ancient training robot, teach it some new tricks and prepare to re-enter the sport. Refreshments will be available at 1:30 p.m., and the film will begin at 2 in the first-floor meeting room. Public performance rights are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.
For more information, visit http://www.danville.lib.il.us.