CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Public Library Board removed the "interim" tag from Director Donna Pittman's title on Friday morning, appointing her to permanently lead the four-star library.
Today, the Champaign Public Library is expected to name a new director. When that director is selected, chances are she will drive or walk on Clara Lane, the road outside the library's main doors.
When the new library was built and opened in 2008, it received $3 million in donations. One single gift came from an anonymous donor in the amount of $1 million.
By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06
Dorianne Laux, who lives in North Carolina, is one of our country's most distinguished poets, and here's a poignant poem about a family resemblance. It's from her book "Smoke," from BOA Editions.
Ray at 14
Bless this boy, born with the strong face
of my older brother, the one I loved most,
Selected upcoming events at local libraries
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.
By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger
The mind weaves patterns
wind on leaves in bright moonlight
seeing you everywhere
— Steve LaVigne, Columbia, Mo.
Simone Zelitch has written an alternate history novel that uses an actual book as the basis for that alternative.
In 1896, Theodor Herzl wrote "Der Judenstaat." In this book, he proposed an answer to the "Jewish Question" of a Jewish state.
Author will visit Champaign library
New York Times bestselling author J. Ryan Stradal will read from his latest, award-winning novel, "Kitchens of the Great Midwest," at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Champaign Public Library.
He also will talk about his writing processes and how libraries influenced him.
Why do people enjoy reading suspense? Well, the journal Psychology Today reports "Most of what we regard as entertaining is suspenseful. Turn on your television and you will see contests (which man will she choose? Who will lose the most weight?), sporting events, murder mysteries, all sorts of different ways of generating suspense.
Some authors gladden book reviewers' hearts simply by continuing to write. When their books appear in our mailboxes or on our library's shelves, we say to ourselves: "Oh good! Here's another wonderful story for readers to love."
Kate DiCamillo does that for me, and her latest novel for middle grades, "Raymie Nightingale," reinforces my faith in her unique story weaving ability.