Library events, Sept. 21-28

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries.

Book recounts 'amazing' history of Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch is one of the most well-known memorials in the Midwest, especially in Missouri. Its gleaming exterior and symbolism of The Gateway to the West bring tourists from near and far to take the excruciating ride to the top.

The view's amazing, and the designing and building of the Arch is an amazing story, too — all told in a new book by St. Louis publisher, Reedy Press.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Sept. 21, 2014

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

We're at the end of the gardening season here on the Great Plains, and the garden described in this poem by Karina Borowicz, who lives in Massachusetts, is familiar to tomato fanciers all across the country.

September Tomatoes

The whiskey stink of rot has settled

in the garden, and a burst of fruit flies rises

Great fiction about the days of yore

For some reason, fall is a time when I read more historical fiction novels. I don't know why. Maybe the upcoming holidays provide some sense of nostalgia for days past; maybe it's the start of school; I'm not sure.

Let your children pig out on author's great stories

There exists among retired (and sometimes merely vacationing) children's library folk a pernicious malady known as Story Rug Withdrawal Syndrome. SRWS victims tend to have a nervous eye tic and a penchant to lure children to sit cross-legged on brightly colored rugs whilst they read aloud enthralling stories.

C-U Haiku, Sept. 21, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

A single firefly

Flickers on and off, alone

Except for the moon

— Bonnie Swenson, Urbana

Chicago mayor says students read 2.7 million books

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public School students read 2.7 million books this summer as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Readers Summer Learning Challenge, officials announced Monday

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

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

Studio Visit: Larry and Alaina Kanfer

Studio Visit is a Q&A with local artists. Here, Larry and Alaina Kanfer chat with Melissa Merli.

'The Last Resort' will spark discussion

Local author Maureen Holtz tackles tough topics in her first work of fiction, "The Last Resort."

Before this novel, which revolves around the themes of an economy's impact on medical care and physician-assisted suicide, Holtz penned books about Robert Allerton and Monticello, including "Robert Allerton: The Private Man and the Public Gifts" and "Images of America: Monticello."