UI's latest 'One Book One Campus' selection digs into racial realities of today

URBANA — Angie Thomas' award-winning debut novel "The Hate U Give" was published less than a year ago, but it's already a No. 1 best-seller, a megahit with young adults and a new digital movie.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the book explores issues of race, gun violence, police profiling, grief and political activism through the eyes of a black teenage girl.

Alice B. McGinty | More stories that earned acclaim in 2018

Before we slide too far into the new year, and before the American Library Association announces its 2019 awards later this month, I will highlight two more 2018 picture books that earned much acclaim.

Included in Publisher's Weekly's Best of 2018 books was "Dreamers" (2018, Neal Porter Books, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, ages 4-8).

Library events, Jan. 20-27, 2019

Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

C-U haiku, Jan. 20, 2019

window mullions

segmenting snow squalls —

white squirrel digging

— Elaine Wilburt, Easton, Md.

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

Kelly Strom | Hidden identities keep readers entertained

It's been shown in history — and literature — that, at times, certain people are just not who their friends think they are. In fact, some of the best books from recent times pivot on the fact that any number of people carry hidden identities. The quest becomes figuring it all out before disaster strikes.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 17-24, 2019


This weekend


Danville library to close Jan. 29-31 to move books after renovations

DANVILLE — The Danville Public Library will close for three days next week to move book collections following completion of renovations inside the building.

The library, 319 N. Vermilion St., will be closed Jan. 29-31 and will reopen at 9 a.m. Feb. 1.

Champaign library's Girls Who Code class aims to reformat gender gap

CHAMPAIGN — After launching several services geared toward entrepreneurs in 2018, the Champaign Public Library is turning its attention to another major issue in the tech community: the gender gap.

Women represent just 26 percent of the computing workforce, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Becky Kasten | Whale book will make you think like a scientist


Those of us who love natural history tend to read books and watch documentaries that open a window into the life of a particular species of animal and teach us something in a fairly neat and tidy package.

Deb Aronson | Dragons and chocolate make a great combination


After reading "Dragon with a Chocolate Heart" and "The Girl with the Dragon Heart" by Stephanie Burgis, I wonder that there aren't more books that combine chocolate and dragons. That's a winning and — to my mind — unique combination.