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.
-- At 3 p.m. today (Sunday, Nov. 18), the AsiaLENS series presents a free screening of "Pinoy Sunday" at the main library. In this award-winning independent film, director Wi Ding Ho conveys the challenges for foreign workers in China with a light touch, as two Filipino migrant workers make an absurd journey across Taipei to salvage an abandoned couch. AsiaLENS is offered in cooperation with the Center of East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois.
-- Rebel Alliance members will land at the main library to meet "Star Wars" fans during Rebel Alliance @ the Library, part of the Tuesdays @ the Library series for middle and high school students. Teens can stop in at 3 p.m. at Robeson Pavilion Room A & B to have their pictures taken with a favorite character and enjoy related activities.
-- Weekday shopping hours have been added for the holiday season at the library's FriendShop bookstore. The shop is now open from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 19, in addition to the usual weekend hours: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The shop is full of gift-worthy books, CDs, audiobooks and DVDs, most at stocking-stuffer prices of $1 or less. Purchases benefit the library.
For more information, visit http://www.champaign.org .
Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St.
-- The Friends of The Urbana Free Library Fall Used Book Sale continues from 1 to 4:30 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Monday in Lewis Auditorium. Browse for treasures and support the library through book purchases — most items are $1 or less. For more information about the sale and Friends, visit the library's website.
-- From 2 to 3:30 p.m. today, you're invited to the Busey-Mills Reading Room for another UFLive! concert. Enjoy the fast-paced pickin' and the rich vocal harmonies of Black Coffee Fridays. UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months and are made possible by a donation from The Urbana Free Library Foundation.
-- Children and their families are invited at 3 p.m. Saturday to Lewis Auditorium to learn about classical dance and storytelling from South India at Dance from India. Anine Singh will share a dance and songs and teach you how to use hand mudras.
For more information, visit http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org .
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion St.
-- The outreach department's free Monday matinee series will show the 2012 film "Joyful Noise," starring Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and Keke Palmer. Latifah and Parton are leaders of a small-town choir that sets out to win a national competition against all odds. Refreshments will be available at 1:30 p.m., and the film will begin at 2 in the first-floor meeting room. Public performance rights are made possible by a grant from the Danville Library Foundation.
-- The library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed on Thanksgiving Day. It will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday.
-- Julie Cross, author of the popular young adult novel "Tempest," will be at the library for a book signing from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 in the first-floor meeting room. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and autographing. "Tempest" was released in January and quickly became a teen favorite. It follows 19-year-old Jackson Meyer as he time travels back to 2007 to alter the past and prevent the murder of his girlfriend, Holly. The second book in the trilogy, "Vortex," will be released in January. Find out more at juliecross.blogspot.com/.
For more information, visit http://www.danville.lib.il.us .
For an up-to-date listing of other community activities, visit http://www.news-gazette.com .