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Champaign library search starts again

CHAMPAIGN — After a six-month search for a new director, the Champaign Public Library board has decided to expand its search to include more candidates.

C-U haiku, Feb. 7, 2016

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Flash of copper red-

Keen hunter on a mission.

Fox warms the fresh snow.

— Irene Bullard, Urbana

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Feb. 7, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

A friend told me recently that he tries to keep in touch with people he's known even though they don't put any effort into doing that themselves. Here's William Trowbridge, who lives in Missouri, making an effort. His most recent book is "Put This On, Please," Red Hen Press, 2014.

'Broccoli Boy' mixes humor, philosophy

British author Frank Cottrell Boyce has sterling publishing credits, but his 2015 novel from Walden Pond Press, "The Astounding Broccoli Boy" for middle grade readers, is my first acquaintance with his work.

Boyce's main character, seventh-year student Rory Rooney, has a common problem among kids in the middle years: bullying. Not to worry though, this is far from a common story.

Library events, Feb. 7-14, 2016

Selected upcoming events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Jan. 31, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

When grief is so heavy that we need to set it down, poetry is a good place to set it. Here's a fine piece by Minnesota poet Sharon Chmielarz from her book with photographer Ken Smith, "Visibility: Ten Miles," published by North Star Press of St. Cloud.

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

Impressive performance

Kelly Strom: Women with secrets

There have been many books released in the past couple of years that feature twists, unreliable narrators and loads of family secrets. Some have been good, and some — not so much. Of course, like beauty, book appreciation is in the eye of the beholder.

Library events, Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2016

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 9:45, 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays at the main library and at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Douglass Branch, kids 18 to 36 months old with a caregiver can enjoy stories, songs and rhymes at Toddler Tales

C-U haiku, Jan. 31, 2016

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

We, like leaves adrift,

slide away upon the snow;

very few take flight.

— Kenneth C. Jones, Homer