'On the Island' a sweet, endearing romance tale

The Cinderella story of Tracey Garvis Graves and her romance novel, "On the Island," is definitely a writer's dream.

She wrote the book while working full time, then decided to self-publish it. Then the novel took off — and Penguin Group, LLC, offered her a traditional contract and released "On the Island" under their Plume imprint.

Council action on library allotment put off 'a few months'

CHAMPAIGN — City and library officials will not have an answer to a half-million-dollar question as soon as they thought — what and how much they will need to cut out of the library budget is still very much up in the air as officials look at ominous budget projections in the years to come.

2 with ties to UI get awards for ingenuity

WASHINGTON — Two men with connections to the University of Illinois were honored Tuesday with American Ingenuity Awards at the Smithsonian, along with eight others.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Nov. 17, 2013

Most of us will never touch a Klansman's robe, or want to touch one. Rachel Richardson, who lives in North Carolina, here touches one for us, so that none of us will ever have to.


The first time I touched it,

cloth fell under my fingers,

the frail white folds

softened, demure. No burn,

no combustion at the touch of skin.

C-U Haiku, Nov. 17, 2013

Sun-dappled forest

Fallen leaves "shush" underfoot

Might play fetch all day

— Dean Karres, Champaign

A scripture-based approach to relationships

During November, when many of us reflect on the blessings in our lives, we also might think about the changes we want to make — and resolutions for the new year. It's only a month and a half away!

Fond memories of food at Thanksgiving

When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was chaos in my house. We had 15 out-of-town guests who came for at least four days. All of us kids had to forfeit our beds and sleep on the basement floor.

One time, I found a cousin sleeping in a coat closet. He had gotten tired of hard floors and noisy surroundings and found his way to a calmer environment.

Customers will get opportunity to support Illinois Reads

CHAMPAIGN — In celebration of the first year of Illinois Reads and Family Reading Night, the Illinois Reading Council is sponsoring a series of events Thursday at area schools — and an all-day book fair at Barnes & Noble, 65 N. Market St.

Feast your eyes on 3 great tales

November is flying by, and suddenly Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As many of us prepare for big Thanksgiving feasts, here are a few books befitting the occasion:

Library events, Nov. 17-24, 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.