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Library events, Dec. 7-14, 2014

Events at local libraries during the coming week.

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Musical comedy

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Theatre Group will present the musical comedy "Babes in Toyland" over the next three weekends, featuring a cast of actors from Champaign-Urbana and surrounding towns.

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

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

Warm up at the Post

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Nov. 30, 2014

Stuart Kestenbaum is a Maine poet with a new book, "Only Now," from Deerbrook Editions. In it are a number of thoughtful poems posed as prayers, and here's an example:

Prayer for Joy

What was it we wanted

to say anyhow, like today

when there were all the letters

in my alphabet soup and suddenly

the 'j' rises to the surface.

Two well-crafted works perfect for the season

This week, I'm sharing with you two beautifully written new picture books, each one celebrating the season.

In "Winter is Coming" (2014, Simon & Schuster, written by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Jim LaMarche, ages 4-9), our narrator, a girl seated comfortably in a tree with a pair of binoculars and a sketchbook, observes winter settling into the forest around her.

C-U Haiku, Nov. 30, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Like sharp pencil lines,

geese write across a blank sky.

Fall is going, gone.

— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono

Library events, Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette presents a list of activities provided by area libraries.

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Sharing a story of near self-destruction and a new path

Dan Harris is the quirky, witty and boyish-looking anchor of the "Good Morning America" weekend edition and co-anchor of "Nightline" on ABC.

Here's what's happening on the art scene

UI grad showing works at Illini Union gallery

"Monet and the Waterlily Friends," featuring works by University of Illinois alumna Judy Lee, will open at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Illini Union Art Gallery.

Library loaded with DIY books

Pinterest is all the rage on the Internet these days. If you haven't visited this site, you should take a look. You'll find lots and lots of craft ideas, in addition to some fabulous recipes, party ideas, home design plans, quirky quotes, photos of antique cars, healthful hints — just a smorgasbord of interesting tidbits that someone might find useful.