Library events, Nov. 10-17, 2013

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.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Nov. 10, 2013

Here's a lovely poem about snow falling on San Antonio by Mo H. Saidi, an obstetrician and writer who, in addition to his medical training, has a master's degree in English and literature from Harvard.

The Night of the Snowfall

Snow falls gently in the Hill Country

covering the meadows and the valleys.

The sluggish streaks of smoke climb quietly

War story well worth its 'Salt'

War looks imminent, and tensions are mounting. In 1812, at what is now Fort Wayne, Ind., James' family runs the trading post.

Anikwa, a Miami Indian, helps reinforce his family's reed house. The 12-year-old friends fight to survive a tough winter in "Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War" (Frances Foster 2013) by Helen Frost.

Two 'Words in the Wind' performances planned

CHAMPAIGN — Some of Champaign-Urbana's best actors will offer two presentations this year of "Words in the Wind" — concert-style readings of children's books.

The first will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. The actors will present a more casual encore performance at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Memoir finds humor in touching tale

"Clueless Gringos in Paradise" is one of the funniest memoirs I've read in a long time.

Delilah Dirk takes readers on wild ride

Imagine Lara Croft with Indiana Jones' sense of humor, and throw in an exuberant love of adventure and disregard for danger.

The fix and the fight

It was altogether fitting and proper in 2011 that Illinois — the land of both Lincoln and corruption — became a home away from home for on-the-lam state lawmakers from Wisconsin and Indiana.

Boomer lit entry a well-written, unpredictable story

Pat Carr is an award-winning author of 16 books and numerous short stories. She's taught literature and creative writing in universities in the South and has her doctoral degree from Tulane University. Her expertise at fiction writing is apparent from page one of her latest novel, "The Radiance of Fossils."

C-U Haiku, Nov. 3, 2013

Winter sky

On an autumn day

Missing home

— Annie Cederoth, Urbana

Set your clock back in time with historical novels

Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour this morning? In the theme of setting the clocks back, I've decided to pick up a couple of well-received historical novels to get me in the mood.

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