Library events, Feb. 17-24, 2019

Library events, Feb. 17-24, 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, check out the "The Art Connection: Schools to Library" exhibition series at a reception for youths and art teachers from Champaign schools. The new exhibit features artwork by 40 students, curated by their art teachers: Josh Doniek, Centennial High School; Lucy Christianson, Franklin STEAM Academy; and Amy Lozar, South Side Elementary School. Take the elevator to the FriendShop Bookstore (lower level).

At 7 p.m. Tuesday at the main library, learn the art of creating great characters at Writer's Workshop: Developing Your Characters with local mystery author Molly MacRae. The event is part of our Short Story Contest Writer's Workshop series ( Sign up online ( or call 217-403-2070.

On Saturday at the main library, watch teams of students in grades 3 to 5 as they celebrate Black History Month by challenging their book knowledge in the library's 16th annual Battle of the Books. Teams were assigned playoffs at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., with the finals at 3 p.m. Participants read 25 great books linked to black history.

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Urbana Free Library

210 W. Green St.

At 2 p.m. today in the Busey-Mills Reading Room, check out a performance by singer/songwriter/guitarist Brandon T. Washington. He has performed on the local music scene for years and is a teacher at Dr. Howard Elementary School in Champaign. UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months and are made possible by the support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation.

The following programs are part of the library's participation in a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program focusing on the novel "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest:— At 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Satterthwaite Conference Room, teens can get a henna tattoo, browse comic books from India or make Bengali crafts.

— Women leave their home countries for many reasons. They may be seeking economic opportunity, fleeing violence or escaping persecution. What are the challenges and issues that women face as immigrants or refugees? Come hear women from our community reflect on their experiences. "Speaking from the Heart: Women & Immigration in our Community" will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lewis Auditorium.

— Families are invited to come hear fun and mysterious Bengali folktales and stories at 4 p.m. Saturday in Megan's Reading Room. Afterward, there will be a chance to make a craft and enjoy a snack.

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Danville Public Library

319 N. Vermilion St.

At 4 p.m. Monday in the first-floor conference room, attend Music and Magic at the Library with musician Mr. Stephens and magician Greg Loschen. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the children's program room, youths 5 to 18 can take part in Kids' Snack Club, with a focus on U.S. presidents. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the second-floor conference room, those 18 and up can take part in 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 time, bring a few pages of your work in progress to read with the group.

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