Patricia Hruby Powell | Green's book shows it's OK to be not OK

"Turtles All the Way Down" (2017) by acclaimed and bestselling young adult author John Green is the brilliant story of Aza Holmes, who suffers acute anxiety. The plot is incidental but compelling.

Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners hosting sale April 14

URBANA — A nonprofit program is holding a one-day book sale April 14 to help out prisoners.

Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners is a project that provides recycled books free to inmates at local jails and prisons.

The program is sponsoring a book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14 at the Independent Media Center at 202 S. Broadway Ave., U.

Entertainment listings, April 5-12, 2018


This weekend


What: The 18th annual Antiques and Crafts Show. A juried show with more than 50 vendors. Food available.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7.

Where: Red Barn, Brocton. Located on Illinois 49, 5 miles south of U.S. 36 or 5 miles north of Illinois 133.

Editors of Urbana-based online sci-fi magazine up for multiple Hugos

URBANA — The husband-and-wife editors of an Urbana-based science-fiction magazine are up for the genre's highest prize.

Uncanny Magazine editors Lynne M. and Michael Damian Thomas learned this week that they have been nominated for multiple Hugo Awards.

C-U haiku, April 1, 2018


Big glowing surprise

Rising over cold dark fields

Moon full of promise

— Terry Schamber, Sadorus

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

Library events, April 1-8, 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, attend a community poetry reading with the C-U Poetry group. Bring a poem to share and get valuable feedback.

Alice B. McGinty | Trips lead to two great biographies

Two recent trips have given me the opportunity to connect with two fantastic new picture book biographies.

Getting Personal: Scott Filkins

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 41-year-old Urbana resident SCOTT FILKINS, an English and geometry teacher at Central High School, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. Filkins also is the co-director of the University of Illinois Writing Project and a cooking teacher.

What are you up to now?

Cerro Gordo school board says librarian's abrupt ouster not a cost cut

CERRO GORDO — The Cerro Gordo school district will soon be constructing a new library as part of an $8 million building project.

Who will run it remains a mystery following the dismissal of the district's full-time librarian, which took many in town — including the suddenly-out-of-work Amy Williams — by surprise.

Entertainment listings, March 29-April 5, 2018


Park district egg hunts


What: Bring your basket and flashlight and join Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS to hunt for eggs filled with prizes. For ages 18 and older. Be on the lookout for the bronze, silver and gold eggs for a chance to win prize packages.

When: Registration on-site, 7 p.m.; egg pursuit, 8:10 to 9 p.m. March 30.