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Attract fairies to your garden this year

Maybe it's the unseasonably warm weather we've been having that made "Fairy Gardening 101" catch my eye. But it's never too early to think about spring, and gardening is one hobby that seems to be increasing in popularity every year.

Books always trump movies

The Golden Globe Awards are over, as well as the Critics' Choice Awards, and next up is the granddaddy of them all — the Oscars.

I'll admit I enjoy Oscar season and usually rush to try to see as many of the nominations as I can. This year, there are a number of films nominated that are based on books. And as you know, the books are always better than the movies!

Here's what's happening on the literary scene

Author will give talks at Allen Hall

Kelsey Timmerman, author of "Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour To The Countries, Factories and People That Make Our Clothes" and "Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through The Global Food Economy," will be the guest-in-residence from tonight through Thursday at Unit 1 in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory, U.

'Sixty-Eight Rooms' of intrigue for children

In Illinois, if one wants to visit fascinating locales, then Chicago's O'Hare or Midway airports are likely portals.

Urbana author Marianne Malone introduces us to a Chicago treasure that offers even further reaching travel: the Art Institute.

Library events, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2015

Events at local libraries during the coming week:

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

C-U Haiku, Jan. 25, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Crystal tips,

Branches shimmering,

Sun diamonds in my tree.

— Shirley Thompson, Rantoul

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Jan. 25, 2015

Kwame Dawes is the editor of Prairie Schooner and one of my colleagues at the University of Nebraska. Had I never had the privilege of getting to know him, I still would have loved the following poem, for its clear and matter-of-fact account of a sudden loss.

Coffee Break

It was Christmastime,

the balloons needed blowing,

and so in the evening

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Music scene

CHAMPAIGN — The Class Act Showstoppers will present two performances of the "Sing & Swing: An Irving Berlin Revue" at 3:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C.

On Sunday, the doors will open 20 minutes before each performance. Admission is free for senior citizens older than 65 and is $5 for everyone else.

'Open source' textbooks provide many benefits

When Professor Jonathan Tomkin went looking for a textbook to use in his introductory Earth Systems class, nothing was quite right.

He couldn't find a book that he felt was worth the high price tag for students. So he put one together with a few colleagues — for free.

Library events, Jan. 18-25, 2015

Events at local libraries during the coming week:

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.