Library events, Sept. 16-23, 2018

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

Kelly Strom | Recent Champaign library visitor's works worth exploring

Have you heard? The Champaign Public Library is once again fortunate to have a series of fantastic authors coming to give presentations to the general public.

First up on the docket was the incomparable Colson Whitehead, bestselling author of numerous books, including the recent runaway hit, "The Underground Railroad."

Alice B. McGinty | Stories deliver unique takes on fun

Autumn is rolling in and soccer season beginning. Here are two new voices from different cultural backgrounds, each bringing us their unique takes on play, friendship, joy, communication and overcoming struggles.

Join the soccer game as you read "The Field" (2017, NorthSouth Books, written by Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Jaqueline Alcantara (from Illinois), ages 3-8).

C-U haiku, Sept. 16, 2018

Blue flash soars above

Silver straight unfurls great wings

Shimmer in sunrise.

— Maeve Reilly, Champaign

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

Top of the Morning, Sept. 15, 2018

With all this talk of a warmer-than-usual winter — woolly worms, persimmon seeds and News-Gazette Media meteorologist GREG SOULJE all point to one — we tapped another reliable source just in case: the Old Farmer's Almanac.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 13-20, 2018


This weekend


'Underground Railroad' author set to appear at Champaign library

CHAMPAIGN — Initially, Charlisa Hart wasn't sure about a book that dared to re-imagine the Underground Railroad — Pulitzer or no Pulitzer.

"My grandmother grew up in the South and was part of the Great Migration, so I thought, 'How can you change something so powerful?' Then I started reading it," the Champaign woman said of Colson Whitehead's celebrated novel of the same name.

Woodward: Mattis, Kelly denials of book quotes untrue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime journalist Bob Woodward said Monday that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly "are not telling the truth" when they deny making disparaging statements about President Donald Trump attributed to them in his new book, "Fear."

Library events, Sept. 9-16, 2018

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

Rachel Fuller | A story that will stay with you


Elizabeth Acevedo's bestselling young adult novel "The Poet X" follows Xiomara Batista, a young girl in Harlem who feels unheard but is yearning to develop her own voice. Her voice, she finds, can be hard to share while also living with(in) the expectations of family.