Books

Books

C-U haiku, Dec. 10, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Pining for water

before an autumn deluge,

wind-wasted trees snap.

— Frank C. Modica, Urbana

Submissions may be made to cupoetry@gmail.com with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, along with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Kelly Strom: Stories featuring family angst

Feeling a little holiday angst is a common thing by a wide variety of people. Whether it be finding just the right unique gift or dealing with long-festering emotions, many people have some stresses related to the winter holidays.

Ruth Siburt: Putting friendship to the test

Illinois author Alan Woodrow's new release from Scholastic Press, "Unschool-ed," is a companion piece to his previous novel for middle grades with Scholastic, "Class Dismissed." Woodrow's stories remind me of Gordon Korman's work, which is definitely a desirable association.

Library events, Dec. 10-16, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglass Branch, school-age kids will build mini-snowmen with "snow dough" at this week's DIY Kids Workshop.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 7-14, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 7 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

HOLIDAY WONDERLAND

Urbana Free Library raising funds to replace porches

URBANA — As the Urbana Free Library marks a century since its facility's construction, its front porch on Race Street, closed in June, remains off limits.

But the library's foundation hopes to do something about it.

Library events, Dec. 3-9, 2017

Champaign Public LibraryMain library, 200 W. Green St.Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 2 p.m. today at the main library, Chicago-based songwriter, composer and fiddler Jess McIntosh will join local bluegrass favorite Dan Andree to perform their brand of alternative country music with folk-and-roots influences at this month's In Concert at CPL.

Patricia Hruby Powell: Author deserving of award

"Far from the Tree" (HarperTeen 2017) by Robin Benway is a story of biological teen siblings, living separate lives, who find each other.

The book opens with Grace, 16 years old, who is giving up her own baby for adoption, just as her mother had given her up. Grace has gone through an agency and carefully chosen the family who will give Peach — as she calls the baby — a good life.

C-U haiku, Dec. 3, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Late Fall wind power

Multi-colored carpeting

Nature lays a floor

— Eileen Gifford, Champaign

Submissions may be made to cupoetry@gmail.com with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, along with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Small-but-powerful print joins Krannert Art Museum's collection

CHAMPAIGN — Krannert Art Museum has a new, compact masterpiece.

The University of Illinois museum has acquired a centuries-old print made from the work of master engraver Albrecht Durer for future display.

Maureen Warren, the curator of European and American Art at the museum, said the acquisition is a coup.