That's entertainment: Spotlighting events in the area

Literary scene

Author will visit Champaign library

New York Times bestselling author J. Ryan Stradal will read from his latest, award-winning novel, "Kitchens of the Great Midwest," at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Champaign Public Library.

He also will talk about his writing processes and how libraries influenced him.

Ruth Siburt: Once again, author delivers a great story

Some authors gladden book reviewers' hearts simply by continuing to write. When their books appear in our mailboxes or on our library's shelves, we say to ourselves: "Oh good! Here's another wonderful story for readers to love."

Kate DiCamillo does that for me, and her latest novel for middle grades, "Raymie Nightingale," reinforces my faith in her unique story weaving ability.

Library events, July 24-31, 2016

Selected upcoming events at local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Susan McKinney: Alternative history worth checking out

Simone Zelitch has written an alternate history novel that uses an actual book as the basis for that alternative.

In 1896, Theodor Herzl wrote "Der Judenstaat." In this book, he proposed an answer to the "Jewish Question" of a Jewish state.

C-U haiku, July 24, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger


The mind weaves patterns

wind on leaves in bright moonlight

seeing you everywhere

— Steve LaVigne, Columbia, Mo.

Area update: Piatt County clerk resigns 'with regret'

MONTICELLO — Colleen Kidd will end her 38-year run in county government — the last six as county clerk — at the end of this year.

"I have submitted my resignation to the county chairman effective Dec. 30, with regret," she said. "We have some health issues we need to deal with."

Area update: Tuscola schools get tech boost

TUSCOLA — When students return to Tuscola schools next month, they'll have access to $7,586 worth of new technology, courtesy of the Douglas County Rotaract Club and the Tuscola Rotary Club.

Rotaract member Carly McCrory said the two clubs, in conjunction with the Marilyn Davidson Technology Fund and Rotary District 6490, raised that much for a laundry list of items that includes:

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, July 17, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. poet laureate, 2004-06