Library events, Feb. 3-10, 2019

Library events, Feb. 3-10, 2019

Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 3 p.m. today at the main library, award-winning Nepalese-American author Samrat Upadhyay will share his experience as an immigrant writer through his latest book of short stories, "Mad Country." His talk is part of the NEA Big Read Champaign-Urbana series of 35 free events communitywide (

At 10 a.m. Tuesday at the main library, find out about the treasures housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois from visiting curator Ruthann Miller. Her presentation is part of Tuesdays at Ten, a weekly series introducing innovations developed in Champaign-Urbana.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday at the main library, learn the basics of how to plan out and start writing a short story with local author Aumaine Gruich at Writer's Workshop: Where to Begin. The workshop is part of the Short Story Contest Writer's Workshop series offered during February and March. Sign up online ( or by calling 217-403-2070.

For more information about free activities and lifelong resources at the library, visit

Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.

At 2 p.m. today in the Busey-Mills Reading Room, families are invited to hear and see musician Mr. Stephens and magician Greg Loschen for kids music and magic tricks.

At 3 p.m. today in Lewis Auditorium, attend the next installment of the Young Artist's Studio. Participants 5 to 11 will create works of art through impulse and improvisation with the guidance of local artist and self-proclaimed imaginary friend Marc-Anthony Macon. Art supplies are provided. Dress comfortably and get ready to roll up those sleeves. The Young Artist's Studio is a series of workshops sponsored by the library and the Urbana Public Arts Program.

At 3 p.m. Saturday in Lewis Auditorium, put your spelling abilities to the test at the library's adult spelling bee. The winner will receive a trophy and a gift basket. Registration is required. The bee is for people 16 and older.

For information about services at the library, go to

Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the second-floor meeting room, learn basic computer skills like how to use a mouse and organize documents, files and folders. The class is free, but seating is limited.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the first-floor conference room, visitors 18 and over can attend the DPL Writers' Group, which brings together aspiring and accomplished writers of all levels to learn about writing and publishing and to share their work for helpful feedback. This week's topic is query letters — learning what they are, why they are necessary and tips for writing one. The group meets every second and fourth Saturday.

From 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the children's room, kids of all ages will be able to read to therapy dogs. Children also may bring their favorite stuffed animal. Door prizes will be handed out. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

For information about programs and services at the library, visit danvillepublic

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