Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, June 15, 2014

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.

Our Neighbor:

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

Two great picks put the focus on fathers

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.

Gentle advice before a wedding

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.

C-U Haiku, June 15, 2014

Edited by LEE GURGA/For The News-Gazette

White mushrooms

Flawless fallen pearls

In green grass

— Sarah Altshuler, Urbana

What's red, white, read all over? 'Little Free Library'

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.

Leading reader feeds need for books

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.

Get with the program

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.

C-U Haiku, June 8, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

armored tank black clouds

thundering across the sky

every body runs

— Ruth S. Walker, Urbana

Gimme five: Greatest living author?

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."


Library events, June 8-15, 2014

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.

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