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Hoopeston library changes checkout procedures

HOOPESTON — Starting April 1, Hoopeston Public Library patrons must present a valid library card to check out all items.

Checkouts will not be available on April 9 and 10 because the library will be converting to a new computer automation system. However, the library will be open for other services including computer use, photocopying, faxing and the use of the reading areas.

Two quiet stories that pack a punch

Sometimes plans just don't work out the way we had planned. Even in making our reading selections, we can be surprised in a story's layout, characters or conclusion. A couple of weeks ago, I brought home a stack of books that I thought had an exciting thriller component to the story line. The first book I picked up to read was "Bent Road" by Lori Roy.

Boys find the right formula for adventure

In Kansas, near the end of World War II, Jack's mother dies. His father, off at war, has Jack sent to a military school for boys in Maine. There, Jack meets "the strangest of boys" whose name is Early Auden. So begins "Navigating Early" (Delacorte 2013) by Clare Vanderpool (Newbery Winner 2011 — "Moon Over Manifest").

C-U Haiku March 24, 2013

Holy men gather

White smoke billowing in Rome

Il Papa is new

— Mike Knoke, Champaign

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry March 24, 2013

There's an old country-western song with the refrain, "That's what happens when two worlds collide," and in this poem by Bruce Guernsey, who divides his year between Illinois and Maine, we see a near collision between two worlds.

Back Road

Winter mornings

driving past

I'd see these kids

huddled like grouse

in the plowed ruts

in front of their shack

C-U Haiku


bursts into bloom overnight;

I smile too.

— Brenda Pacey, Paxton

The lives behind collateral damage

Fifteen-year-old Younis is injured and orphaned when a U.S. military raid gone awry hits his village in an unnamed Muslim country that resembles Afghanistan. With the aid of an international relief organization, he is sent to the United States, where he is assigned to a well-meaning but rather clueless foster family in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry March 17, 2013

This kite-flying poem caught me right up and sent me flying as soon as Robert Gibb described those dime-store kites furled tighter than umbrellas, a perfect image. Gibb lives in Pennsylvania.


Come March we'd find them

In the five-and-dimes,

Furled tighter than umbrellas

About their slats, the air

In an undertow above us

Spice up your reading with graphic novels, comics

I have been a regular reader of graphic novels for many years, but I still never cease to be amazed by the variety within the genre.

Upcoming library events March 17, 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.