Books

Books

C-U haiku, Jan. 15, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

The black velvet sky,

cloaked in cosmic mysteries,

whispers of stardust.

— Irene Bullard, Urbana

Submissions may be made to cupoetry@gmail.com with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Susan McKinney: Second book in Peri Reed series keeps pace

"The Operator" by Kim Harrison is the second book in the Peri Reed series. You might remember that I reviewed the first book, "The Drafter," last year.

These books are set in the future, a future where everything is connected to the internet, every law-enforcement and government agency is using drones daily and "glass" technology is the cutting edge.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Jan. 8, 2017

By TED KOOSER
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

I'm fond of poems in which we see people working together, helping one another. I've never folded a sail, nor seen anybody fold one, but here I get to watch it happen, and feel it happen, too. Alan Feldman is from Massachusetts, and his most recent book is "Immortality," University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.

C-U haiku, Jan. 8, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Doors shut so quickly

Old men listen for music

Winter is uncertain

— Will Reger, Champaign

Submissions may be made to cupoetry@gmail.com with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Library events, Jan. 8-14, 2017

Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Jan. 1, 2017

By TED KOOSER
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

There are times when a single word in a poem is so perfect a choice that it pops like a firecracker, and I'll let you guess which word did that for me. A hint: it's a modifier. The poem is by Anya Krugovoy Silver, who lives in Georgia, from her new book, "From Nothing," from LSU Press.

Just Red

C-U haiku, Jan. 1, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Beaded freezing lines,

Blackbirds huddle icy wires.

Winter's abacus.

— W.S. Dickey, Champaign

Submissions may be made to cupoetry@gmail.com with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

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

Silly, serious collide in film

Library events, Jan. 1-7, 2017

Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Starting today, children (infants through fifth grade) can sign up for a reading program where they can track their progress and win prizes. Every participant gets a free book. For more information, stop by the library or visit bit.ly/cpl-reading-games.

Reading into it: Drop in cardholders has libraries seeking answers

By MARIAH SCHAEFER
CU-CitizenAccess.org

Since 2011, the Champaign Public Library has lost more than 8,000 cardholders, dropping 21 percent from 37,710 to 29,657, according to library data.

The Urbana Free Library has lost about 1,100 cardholders in the same time period. It had 13,880 in 2011 and now has 12,762, a decrease of 8.1 percent.