Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, July 10, 2016

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

We hope that you will visit, from time to time, our archived columns at, where you may find other poems by the poets we feature. Today's is the third we've published by Sharon Chmielarz, a Minnesota poet with several fine books in print, including "The Widow's House," just released by Brighthorse books.

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

First Smart Kids screening

Library events, July 10-17, 2016

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 at the main library, listen to a jazz concert by West of Staley. This group of young musicians met at Centennial High School. Listen to the group's WEFT Sessions recording at

Finalists give visions for library at forum

CHAMPAIGN — It'll be at least a couple weeks until the Champaign Public Library Board makes a decision about who should be the next director, President Martin Wolske said after a public candidate forum on Thursday night.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, July 3, 2016

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

Ruth Siburt: Author offers a little exercise for young brains

Andrew Chilton practiced law for 10 years before venturing into the world of writing for children. Luckily for readers of middle grades, Chilton began his journey with a delightful 275-page romp showcasing both fantasy and logic with "The Goblins Puzzle: Being the Adventure of a Boy with no Name and Two Girls called Alice" from Alfred Knopf, 2016.

Library events, July 3-10, 2016

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Douglass Branch, kids 9 to 11 will make their own apps with help from the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences. The program is free.

Celeste Choate: Great reads for fans of Sherlock Holmes

I admit it: Like many others, I love Sherlock Holmes stories in all their various forms — books, short stories, movies, TV shows. Today, I recommend two series about strong, intelligent women, which take Sherlock, Watson and others we love in new directions.

C-U haiku, July 3, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

I type the letters

The letters start making words

Forming a new poem

— Simran Manku, University Primary School

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

Finalists for director down to two

CHAMPAIGN — And then there were two.

The Champaign Public Library search is down to a pair of finalists, including interim Director Donna Pittman, after one of the three scheduled for a two-day interview next week dropped out.