Books

Books

Library events, Aug. 14-21, 2016

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

C-U haiku, Aug. 7, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

cooling nimbus brings

prairie sky's benediction

on summer's dog days

— Ann Hart, Mahomet

Kelly Strom: Ringing endorsement

I love the Olympics! I know that as mere television viewers we only see a fraction of what really goes on during the Olympics, but I'm still glued to any media coverage of the events. To celebrate the opening of the games, I've pulled together a few titles that you might enjoy.

Library events, Aug. 7-14, 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. Mondays at the main library, introduce your baby to the joy of reading at Babies Love Books, featuring stories and songs for children 18 months old and younger accompanied by a caregiver.

Patricia Hruby Powell: 'Vietnam' author deserving of award

Steve Sheinkin won the Boston Globe Horn Book Nonfiction Award for his last three books, including his most recent, "Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War" (Roaring Brook, 2016). No wonder. It's thoroughly researched, clearly stated and reads like a thriller.

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

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

Here's a fine, deftly made poem by Meg Kearney of New Hampshire in which the details deliver the emotions, which are never overtly named other than by the title. It's my favorite kind of poem, and it's from her book "An Unkindness of Ravens" from BOA Editions. Her most recent book is "Home By Now" from Four Way Books, 2009.

Ask 'Mimi,' July 31, 2016

Did former UI Professor John Jennings win an Eisner Award?

Yes, he and co-editor Frances Gateward won the Eisner for Best Academic/Scholarly Work for "The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art" (Rutgers University Press).

Jim Dey: Inside baseball

Major League Baseball has never been stronger.

Television revenues are soaring, team franchise values have skyrocketed, players and owners are rolling in dough.

Things are so good neither team owners nor players can imagine a strike that would ruin things for everyone.

Library events, July 31-Aug. 7, 2016

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Alice B. McGinty: Browsing brings delights

A great way to beat the heat of the summer is to spend time in the library. Browsing can not only bring an air-conditioned respite for you and your kids, but also the rewards of finding great books. My recent browse through the new books in the children's section of the Urbana Free Library brought me to these two terrific finds.