Deb Aronson | Get ready for some gross adventures


Rachel Fuller | A story that will stay with you


Elizabeth Acevedo's bestselling young adult novel "The Poet X" follows Xiomara Batista, a young girl in Harlem who feels unheard but is yearning to develop her own voice. Her voice, she finds, can be hard to share while also living with(in) the expectations of family.

The Law Q&A | The ins and outs of mental-health directives

In Homer's "The Odyssey," the hero Odysseus ordered his boat crew to lash him to the mast and not release him despite what he may later order while under the spell of the Sirens.

Artistic license: Plate designs, vanity options have roads full of personalization

Variety is the spice of license plates.

There are 110 different categories (with sub-categories, for colleges within a university) for alumni groups, service organizations, sports fans, veterans groups and more, says Dave Druker of the Illinois Secretary of State's Office. It's the most in the nation.

Library events, Sept. 9-16, 2018

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

On the Town: Yingying Zhang Memorial

Members of Yingying Zhang's research group joined along with Master Gardener's to prepare the ground for planting at the site of the memorial planned for Zhang, at the intersection of Goodwin and Clark in Urbana on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

In the Garden | Natural approach to lawn care in spotlight

During the growing season, questions about lawn or turf care are quite common at the Champaign County Extension office. Among the many questions we receive, there is growing interest in natural or more sustainable lawn-care practices.

Religion calendar, Sept. 7-14, 2018

To submit items, visit and click "Add an event" under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in appropriate fields and submit. Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.

'Stompin' grounds': A few words with Barefoot Movement bassist Katie Blomarz

KATIE BLOMARZ has a heavy instrument to heave around, one amazing bass, but a light touch in the internationally touring acoustic band The Barefoot Movement. She calls Champaign her "stomping grounds," and she'll be stomping barefoot with other artists including MARTY STUART on Friday and Saturday at Allerton Park & Retreat Center.

Contemporary Gullah: A few words with Krannert Opening Night band Ranky Tanky

Krannert Center celebrates half a century Friday with free performances from respected musicians as well as artists, dancing, foods and beverages, interactive outdoor chalk art on the Goodwin Avenue stairs led by Scott Barber, and a by-the-decades car display surrounding it. Come dressed from a decade of your choice, 1960s to the future.