Bookends program allows seniors to review literature with students from comfort of home
CHAMPAIGN — It seems like an unlikely combination: a fourth-grader, a 64-year-old volunteer, an iPad, a blog and a children's book.
DECEMBER — Families are invited to visit with Santa Claus at Jane Addams Book Shop, 208 N. Neil St., from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, and Dec. 11 and 18.
Bring your wish list to share with Santa, or just stop by to ask if you're on the naughty or nice list this year. Santa will have a candy cane for each of his younger visitors.
"Slices of Life," a new paperback published by The News-Gazette Inc., is available to buy in person or online.
The turkey and dressing are put away. You might have spent Friday shopping at the mall and your house might now be decorated with lights and garland. It's the Christmas season.
So, when I saw the book "The Top 40 Traditions of Christmas" by David McLaughlan, I decided to read it and figure out why so many of us do what we do during December.
I'm still having trouble with the time change, and the lack of evening light is making everything seem somehow slightly sinister.
Gray autumn sky
A crow flaps and caws —
An echoing reply
— Clare Swapp, Champaign
The bread of life, well, what is it, anyway? Family, community, faith? Here's a lovely reminiscence about the way in which bread brings us together, by Richard Levine, who lives in Brooklyn.
Each night, in a space he'd make
between waking and purpose,
my grandfather donned his one
suit, in our still dark house, and drove
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.
Nancy Willard, who lives in New York state, is one of my favorite poets, a writer with a marvelous gift for fresh description and a keen sense for the depths of meaning beneath whatever she describes. Here's a poem from her newest book.
The Vanity of the Dragonfly
The dragonfly at rest on the doorbell —
too weak to ring and glad of it,
but well mannered and cautious,
The Cinderella story of Tracey Garvis Graves and her romance novel, "On the Island," is definitely a writer's dream.
She wrote the book while working full time, then decided to self-publish it. Then the novel took off — and Penguin Group, LLC, offered her a traditional contract and released "On the Island" under their Plume imprint.