Library events, Dec.14-21, 2014

Events at local libraries during the coming week.

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Paul Kotheimer and Michael Meadows, two of Champaign-Urbana's finest singers/songwriters, will join forces for a concert at 2 p.m. today at the main library.

Cuddle up with a good mystery this winter

Mysteries — I love them! If that genre ranks as high with your readers, this month brings you a wonderful treat: Kate Milford's "Greenglass House."

Milford uses a real setting for her multilayered tale. Greenglass House really is a bed and breakfast perched on a summit close to the smugglers' town of Nagspeake. (Read more about it at

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

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

A star at Sundance

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Dec. 14, 2014

For every one of those faces pictured on the obituary page, thousands of memories have been swept out of the world, never to be recovered. I encourage everyone to write down their memories before it's too late. Here's a fine example of that by Margaret Hasse, who lives in Minnesota.


Our high school principal wagged his finger

over two manila folders

A small slice of ... otherworldly elements

As I've mentioned before, I don't read a lot of titles that would be categorized as science fiction/fantasy. I have a hard time keeping the names and technology straight.

C-U Haiku, Dec. 14, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Sunny afternoon

My jacket does not protect me

From this biting wind

— Sam Fu, Champaign

Missouri author pens a winner

Everyone loves a good old-fashioned murder mystery with an amateur sleuth, and "Anonymously Yours" by Shirley McCann is no exception. This Springfield, Mo., author has penned a winner, which is sure to be the first book in a successful mystery series.

12 stories of Christmas, Day 1

CHAMPAIGN — When Beth Wendling sold a handful of her books online, she was just looking to get rid of some household clutter.

Then she got a life-changing idea: Why not try to sell a whole bunch of used books to raise money to help orphans and other vulnerable kids?

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

CHAMPAIGN — Here's an art exhibition everyone can relate to: "Fill Your Plate," for which local youths and artists were invited to contribute pieces related to our complex relationship with food.

It will open Friday evening at Figure One, the downtown Champaign project space of the University of Illinois School of Art + Design.

Ask 'Mimi' Dec. 7, 2014

Has "Life Itself," the documentary about Roger Ebert, received any awards yet?

Yes, and it's on the Academy Awards shortlist for best documentary. Another doc among the 15 shortlisted for the Oscar is "Citizen Koch," directed by Urbana native Carl Deal and his partner, Tia Lessin. The five finalists will be announced Jan. 15; the Oscars ceremony will be Feb. 22.