Library events, Feb.23-March 2, 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.

Hear the remarkable story of a robber baron turned treasure hunter at a free talk and book signing by author John M. Adams at 2 p.m. today at the main library. In his 2013 book, "The Millionaire and the Mummies," Adams chronicles the rags-to-riches tale of Theodore Davis, a poor country preacher's son who amassed tremendous wealth, then turned to excavating the tombs of Egyptian kings. Davis became the most famous name in archaeology at the start of the 20th century.

Emily Otnes and The Weekdays, local favorites whose style is a pleasing mix of pop, folk and jazz, will take the stage at the next In Concert at CPL. Otnes has been singing and writing songs since she was a girl and cites Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and Gillian Welch among her influences. All ages are welcome to drop in for this free hourlong concert at 2 p.m. March 2 in the main library. This monthly music series is made possible by funding from the Library Friends.

Is your child starting kindergarten this fall? If so, visit the Douglass Branch at 10:30 a.m. March 8 for Countdown to Kindergarten, a program of activities to build skills that are essential for school success, such as cutting, gluing and number/letter recognition.

For more information, visit champaign.org.

Urbana Free Library

210 W. Green St.

At 2 p.m. today in the MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room, unique young women are featured in a blend of new and old classics when UFL Reads Tales of Girls. This month, we'll discuss the Newbery Award-winning science fiction novel "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle. UFL Reads, our book club for adults, meets on the fourth Sunday of most months.

At 6 p.m. Monday in Lewis Auditorium, children 2 to 6 and their families are invited to Crafty Story Time. Enjoy stories, songs and a simple craft. For more information about children's programs and services, visit the library's website.

From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Lewis Auditorium, railroad enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to The Midwest Central Railroad Club Train Show. Watch the N-gauge displays, learn about railroad history or browse through the library's special display of train books. The event is co-sponsored by the library and the Midwest Central Railroad Club.

For more information, visit urbanafreelibrary.org.

Danville Public Library

319 N. Vermilion St.

The library's African-American Film Festival series will conclude Feb. 25 with "Undercover Brother," the 2002 action comedy starring Denise Richards, Aunjanue Ellis, Eddie Griffin and Dave Chappelle. The free screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room. Members of the library's African/Black American Advisory Committee selected the films to show a representative sample of the genres and styles of African-American cinematography. Public performance rights are provided through a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.

The Classic Monday Matinee on March 3 will be the 1938 screwball comedy "Bringing Up Baby," starring Cary Grant as a befuddled paleontologist trying to raise money for his museum and Katherine Hepburn as a flighty and irritating heiress who has a pet leopard named "Baby." Refreshments will be available at 1:30 p.m., and the film begins at 2 in the first-floor meeting room. Public performance rights for the film are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.

On March 3 and April 7, Dr. John Flattery will present his annual lecture on aspects of the Silk Road in two parts this year. On March 3, he'll explore the religions of the book — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — their shared values and their ebb and flow across the Silk Roads. On April 7, he'll concentrate on the Muslim influence that continues today. Both programs will begin at 6 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room. Flattery's program is made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.

On March 10, the library and The Land Connection present "What Will Be Your Legacy?" a live performance of "Look Who's Knockin,'" followed by a discussion of farm transition dilemmas and options. "Look Who's Knockin,'" written by Doug Nopar, concerns an elderly farm couple, Gerald and Nettie, who are struggling with the question of what to do with the family farm in the face of health problems and a lack of successors. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room.

For more information, visit danville.lib.il.us.

Sections (1):Living
Topics (3):Books, Education, Music

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