C-U haiku, May 13, 2018


Tumbleweeds of fur

drift across my kitchen floor.

Get the broom, cat!

— Elaine Hershbarger, Champaign

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Kelly Strom | Fantastic reads have unusual formats

I find it refreshing to occasionally read a book with a somewhat unusual structure, cadence or premise. I admire the authors who can mold this idea into an engaging storyline. In the past, I've mentioned "Love, Rosie" by Cecelia Ahern as an example of this, as the whole book is made up of letters between two lifelong friends.

Office Hours with Aldo: Mara Wade

On Thursdays throughout the semester, staff writer Adalberto Toledo will book an appointment with a local professor. Today: University of Illinois Germanic languages and literatures Professor MARA WADE.

Wade will get to live out one of her dreams when she goes to San Francisco for the fall semester.

Entertainment listings, May 10-17, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


What: Live music by Tony and Craig, Country Heart Band, raffles, 50/50 drawing, car show, American Legion Riders 568 bike display, kids activities, laser tag by Alpha Dog Entertainment, fun for all ages. Fundraising event for the Post.

When: Noon to 7 p.m. May 12.

Where: VFW Gung Ho Post 6750, 675 N. Ohio Ave., Rantoul.

Top of the Morning, May 9, 2018

This summer will be a page-turner for JAYDA BROWN.

The Champaign 9-year-old is being awarded a book for completing the Reading Partners Program at the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club in Champaign.

The program closes for the summer because most of the tutors are University of Illinois students — like hers, ALIYAH GRIFFIN of Chicago.

Rachel Fuller | Explore the topic of slow living


With an increasing portion of modern life measured in brief moments (think: Instagram, instant pots, etc.), I have grown increasingly intrigued with the idea of "slow living." Slow living, hailed by some as a countercultural movement, encourages people to step away from the pace of modern life and live a more deliberate and simpler life.

Library events, May 6-13, 2018

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

At 7 p.m. Tuesday at the main library, Master Gardener Janet Townsend will share how backyard gardens can help the planet, offering shelter to pollinators like bees and butterflies, during Out in the Garden: Pollinator Pockets.

Letter from Birdland | Reading is alive and well

Chicago is overcast this morning. We have come up for the Battle of the Books, an elementary and middle school contest where teams compete for glory and honor.

C-U haiku, May 6, 2018


Crab apple tree blooms

Baby lifted to the sky

Blossom out of reach

— Lori O'Brien, St. Joseph

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Deb Aronson | A fun story about fitting in


If you like books with a lot of humor, pratfalls, wordplay and modest mysteries, then the Pennybaker School series is for you.

"Pennybaker School is Revolting," published by Bloomsbury, is the second in a series by Jennifer Brown featuring sixth-grader Thomas Fallgrout and the various other wacky students of Pennybaker School.