Library events April 21-28, 2013

Library events April 21-28, 2013

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.

During April, the library is encouraging all sixth-graders in Champaign to read "Every Soul a Star," a popular novel by Wendy Mass. Students can then talk with the author via Skype at Champaign's middle schools and at the main library. The library Skype event is Tuesday and is open to all middle school students. We'll start at 3 p.m. with a brief book discussion. The author will join in from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. The sixth-grade One Book program was made possible by a gift to the Champaign Public Library Foundation from Stuart and Mary Cravens.

Drawing from his 30 years as a poet, Michael J. La Due will talk about the art of poetry and read from his own work at a National Poetry Month celebration at 7 p.m Thursday in the main library. A longtime Champaign councilman, La Due has read verse across the United States and workshopped with Hettie Jones and Willie Perdomo. He has participated in the Illinois Arts Council-funded Jazz Poetry Project; the University of Illinois Jazz Threads program, Jazz Vespers; and No Struggle...No Progress: Honoring Frederick Douglass, a SPEAK Cafe event at Krannert Art Museum.

Bring your own grocery bags and fill them with like-new books for $1 a bagful. The Library Friends are hosting a Tag Bag Sale from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and April 28 and noon to 3 p.m. May 1 at the FriendShop bookstore on the lower level of the main library. Take your pick from books tagged with the secret sale color (to be announced at the sale). Proceeds benefit the library.

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Urbana Free Library

210 W. Green St.

At 2 p.m. today, you're invited to the Busey-Mills Reading Room for another UFLive! concert with Don't Ask. The tunes and harmonies are joyful yet haunting, lively and raucous, gentle and melancholy — and always evocative. All UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months and are made possible by a donation from the Urbana Free Library Foundation.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Lewis Auditorium, join financial analyst Kathryn Ehrnwald for Five Secrets of Saving for Your Children's College Education, a free educational discussion that includes practical advice on how to avoid common mistakes parents make. The session is co-sponsored by Bluestem Financial Advisors LLC and the library as part of Money Smart Week.

Join hundreds of treasure seekers at the Friends of the Urbana Free Library Spring Used Book Sale Thursday through April 29 in Lewis Auditorium. Members of Friends are invited to a special presale from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Not a member of Friends yet? Visit the library's website to join and find information about sale hours.

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Danville Public Library

319 N. Vermilion St.

Money Smart Week events:

— 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Promoting Independent Living with Assistive Technology: Low-Income Loans.

— 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nutrition Bang for your Buck.

— 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, How to Save for a Dream: Hands-on Workshop with Strategies that Work.

— 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, APPSolute Savings: The APPS that can Help You Save Money.

— Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Understanding Your Credit Score and Building a Positive Credit.

— 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Getting Started with Couponing.

— 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Local author Ken McCray will appear in the first-floor meeting room to talk about his new book, "A Brand Called Me." Copies of McCray's self-help book will be available for purchase and autographing.

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