Books

Books

Bloomington author to discuss book on area during Lincoln's time

MAHOMET — Guy Fraker, a retired Bloomington attorney who is the author of a book on Abraham Lincoln's early life as a circuit-riding attorney in central Illinois, will speak Sunday at the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Nov. 30 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

Kelly Strom: Authors who never disappoint

There are just some authors whom we go back to time and time again. We know that when we're desperate for a good read, they won't let us down. Whether it's because they follow a formula, have an exciting setting or invent characters whom we can really relate to, there's something about their work that continually draws us in.

Library events, Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglass Branch, school-age children will take part in hands-on projects at this week's DIY Kids workshop.

Alice B. McGinty: Enjoy these stories during the holidays

Imagine a huge exhibition hall filled with booths from many children's book publishers, exhibiting their newest works. This was the scene at this year's National Council of Teachers of English Conference, from which I've just returned. I enjoyed browsing the recent books, and here are two of my favorites.

C-U haiku, Nov. 26, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Lazy breezes rippling water

Fish splash glitters

Hungry bird dives. Lunch

— Carol DeVoss, Savoy

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

Entertainment calendar, Nov. 23-30, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

'46TH ANNUAL URBANA HIGH SCHOOL THANKSGIVING DINNER'

What: Urbana High School Student Senate hosts a dinner with all the trimmings for those who are in need of a warm, comfortable environment to spend their Thanksgiving. Reservations are not needed, but call ahead for a ride.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 23.

Library events, Nov. 19-25, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the main library, kids 2 to 5 can jump in their jammies while enjoying a half hour of stories, music and fun at Goodnight Storytime.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglass Branch, school-age kids will make their own turkey cups with treats.

C-U haiku, Nov. 19, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Dusk lingering red,

November banks low fires

west on Route 19.

— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono

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

Best-selling author's own story is also a page-turner

When best-selling author JAMIE FORD appears at the Champaign Public Library today as part of its "Great Authors at the Library" series, it will be before a packed house.

"We're sold out," promotions manager Evelyn Shapiro said of the free event, which will be held in a 120-seat room. "And we've got dozens of people on the waiting list."