'Denim & Diamonds' doesn't disappoint

Debut novelist Lori Robinett has penned a sweet and intriguing romance with "Denim and Diamonds." In the novel, she explores what the word family really means and city life versus country life, as well as loyalty, love, romance and perseverance.

C-U Haiku, Aug. 17, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

The moon flower blooms

Stretching white trumpets upward.

Beautiful mystery

— Jerry Wood, Paxton

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, Aug. 17-24, 2014

Upcoming events of interest in East Central Illinois:

Parkland faculty art showcase

CHAMPAIGN — The 2014 Parkland College Art and Design Faculty Exhibition will open Monday at the former Parkland Art Gallery, now called the Giertz Gallery at Parkland.

Barnyard books offer adventures in fun

It's time for one last dose of picture book summer fun. Enjoy a romp with language and laughter in these two new barnyard adventures.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Aug. 17, 2014

The ancient Chinese poets used to say that at some point in each poem the poet ought to lift his (or her) eyes, ought to look beyond the surface of the present into something deeper and more meaningful.

Here is just such a poem by Linda M. Hasselstrom, who lives in South Dakota.

Planting Peas

It's not spring yet, but I can't

wait anymore. I get the hoe,

Library events, Aug. 17-24

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.

New library in Monticello could be finished by end of 2015

MONTICELLO — A new, 12,350-square-foot Allerton Public Library building could be constructed by the end of next year, according to an architect who presented the first preliminary site plan to the library board.

"We think that if we can break ground in probably March or April of 2015, the project will be complete by the end of 2015," said Mark Misselhorn of Peoria's Apace Design.

C-U Haiku, Aug. 10, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga

For The News-Gazette

parking deck shade is

brief relief before meeting

lawyer one last time

— Dean Karres

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Artists make an impression

It's difficult to tell the whole story

These two books show that everyone has things they keep to themselves

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