Books

Books

Library events, March 27-April 3, 2016

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, March 27, 2016

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

When I was a boy, because of the song, I thought there really was an Easter parade, but the Easters came and went without one. But here's a glimpse of just a little piece of a parade by Kim Dower, who lives in Los Angeles. Her forthcoming book is "Last Train to the Missing Planet," Red Hen Press, 2016.

Joel Shoemaker: Short mystery from Critchley is big on content

WARNING: "Memory Theatre" by Simon Critchley was entirely too smart for me. In fact, my initial reaction (my review on Goodreads) was simply five stars and "I have no idea what I just read. But I think I liked it?" That doesn't mean I don't want to take the time to recommend it to you.

Indeed, this book is profoundly intriguing. Also, it's only 100 pages or so.

Don Follis: Easter tells us that all people are deeply loved

As I reflected on the events of Holy Week, the gravity of the events that lead to Good Friday and the crucifixion of Jesus was heightened as I read a new book by Dr. Ruth A. Tucker — "Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife — My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse" (Zondervan, 2016).

Alice B. McGinty: Kick off spring with a nature series

Could it be that spring is here? There are sprouts poking out of the ground, trying to decide whether it's safe to come out. Birds and insects are showing up. The world outside is beckoning.

This week celebrates the beginning of spring by highlighting the newest in a beautiful series of nonfiction books about nature by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.

Library events, March 20-27, 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. Monday at the Douglass Branch, "Minions" will be screened. Stick around afterward to make a "Minions"-themed craft.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, March 20, 2016

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

Philip Terman is a Pennsylvania poet who, with his family, lives in a former one-room schoolhouse. And whenever there's a one-room schoolhouse, you can count on just a little wilderness around it. This is from his new and selected poems, "Our Portion," from Autumn House Press.

Deer Descending

Ruth Siburt: Story centers around canine connections

The brown eyes and toothy grin of the cover photograph on "Boy's Best Friend" by Kate Banks and Rupert Sheldrake made me pick up the 2015 novel for middle grades.

Kathy Wicks: It's a great time to be a 'Star Wars' fan

It is a great time to be a "Star Wars" fan. There are at least four theatrical films in the works and more planned within the next decade.

Library events, March 13-20, 2016

Selected upcoming events at local libraries.

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglass Branch, youths can attend DIY Kids: Spring Planting to learn about growing plants. Participants get to take home a plant.