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2 picks to kick off a new school year

As your kids get back to school, here are two new picture books to kick-start the year.

Your kids may think they know all there is to know about Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, but did they realize that the lives of these two inventors converged?

Library events, Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2015

Selected 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, Aug. 30, 2015

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

C-U Haiku, Aug. 30, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

summer garden —

waiting for rain flowers yield

to the wind

— Cynthia Helms, Urbana

Cooking up some good reading

A fabulous new novel, "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" by J. Ryan Stradal, sat next to my bed for a couple of weeks. I always seemed to find something else to do or something else to read besides this book. It had sounded intriguing in the reviews, but when I brought it home, I just wasn't looking forward to reading it.

Library events, Aug. 23-30, 2015

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 2 p.m. today, singer-songwriter Emily Otnes (experimental pop) will take the stage for a free concert at the main library. The event is sponsored by the Library Friends.

Margo Dill: An eye-opening view of the justice system

"Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson is the true story of the author's fight for justice, starting as an intern at the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee at 23 years of age in 1983 and rising to executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which he founded to defend those most desperate in need.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Aug. 23, 2015

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

Having been bitten by a rabid bat I was trying to save from a fire, I'd like to never again see bats up close. And here, in this poem by D.R. Goodman, who lives in California, I get to watch them from a safe distance.

Exiting the Night

By living late, and sleeping late, we miss

C-U Haiku, Aug. 23, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Roadside chicory,

tassled corn, and Queen Anne's lace —

this, our prairie now.

— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono

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

That's Rentertainment's final bow