By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laurete 2004-06
One of the wonders of poetry is a good poet's ability to compress a great deal of life into a few words. Here's a life story told small by Ivan Hobson, who lives in California.
Every family that lived in our court
had an American truck
with a union sticker on the back
and as a kid I admired them
It's Father's Day and what better way to usher it in than with two new picture books celebrating the relationship between a father and his children.
We're in the middle of wedding season — June continues to be one of the most popular months to tie the knot. But whether your wedding is next week, season or year, you should have the one you want.
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Flawless fallen pearls
In green grass
— Sarah Altshuler, Urbana
Librarian recycles old N-G rack into book-swap box with motto: Take 1, return 1
MAHOMET — The village's newest library isn't very spacious. But its creator hopes it has a big impact on kids' summer reading.
Sangamon School Librarian Amy Webb installed a "Little Free Library" outside the school's front doors last week.
MONTICELLO — Washington Elementary students are required to read at least 20 minutes outside of class time every day — seven days a week. But that's no sweat for fourth-grader Sophie Happ, who spends at least four times that amount curled up with a good book as part of her daily routine.
It has felt a lot like summer around here during the past few weeks, with the weather heating up and students wrapping up their studies for the year.
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armored tank black clouds
thundering across the sky
every body runs
— Ruth S. Walker, Urbana
With Maya Angelou's passing, we wondered who now holds the title of greatest living author. Who better to cast an expert vote than local librarians?
Devin Black of the Tuscola Public Library says: "His writing ranges from the violent to the beautiful and I can only describe it as overwhelming."
Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.