Books

Books

C-U haiku, Dec. 27, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

bubble beards

brothers laughing, splashing

in the tub

— James Babbs, Stanford

Library events, Dec. 27-Jan. 3, 2016

Selected events at local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Patricia Hruby Powell: Siblings take a cross-country trip to remember

"Don't Fail Me Now" (Penguin 2015) by Una LaMarche is worth getting, for the photo on the cover alone. But there's so much more.

When her mother is imprisoned for heroin use, 17-year-old Michelle takes charge of her siblings. Cass, 13, is diabetic and withdrawn. Denny, 6, is being kicked out of school for behavior problems.

C-U haiku, Dec. 20, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Trees like skeletons

Bony fingers reaching high

Up into the moon

— Rachel Loftus, Champaign

Library events, Dec. 20-27, 2015

Selected events at local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, kids 2 to 5 can enjoy stories, songs and rhymes at Goodnight Storytime. Little ones can wear their pajamas.

Kelly Strom: Learning about the Middle East

Due to the unceasing news clips and attention placed on the Middle East these days, I've been interested in learning more about the area.

Scouring Wikipedia and Google Maps can only begin to satisfy my craving for more information, so I've taken to browsing through both non-fiction books and fiction novels set in the Levant.

Kathy Wicks: Series is part fairy tale, part science fiction

Once upon a time on a blue planet in an endless universe, there lived a cyborg, and her name was Linh Cinder.

Cinder was a gutsy and talented mechanic who bartered and traded her expertise at the New Beijing market. It is there that she had a chance meeting with charming Prince Kaito, the heir apparent to the throne of the Eastern Commonwealth.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Dec. 20, 2015

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

C-U haiku, Dec. 13, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

sleep's luscious comfort

in winter adrift, alone

yet safe with you there

— Dean Karres, Champaign

Library events, Dec. 13-20, 2015

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.