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Books

Library events, Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2016

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 9:45, 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays at the main library and at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Douglass Branch, kids 18 to 36 months old with a caregiver can enjoy stories, songs and rhymes at Toddler Tales

Rich Warren: Putting my e-reader recommendations down on paper

Read any good books lately? Reading became more convenient about five years ago with my first Barnes & Noble Nook, a rather primitive e-reader by today's standards. It was an acceptable, but not an enjoyable, reading experience. Three years ago I switched to Amazon's first Paperwhite Kindle e-reader. It improved the experience with a clearer screen and self-illumination.

Woodward explores Lincoln's impact on recent presidents

URBANA — In front of a packed Foellinger Auditorium, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward kicked off the "New Lincoln" lecture series by discussing the impact of Abraham Lincoln on modern presidents.

Woodward gave the first in the 10-speaker series "The New Lincoln Lectures: What Abraham Lincoln Means to the 21st Century" sponsored by the UI's College of Law.

When he talks, people listen

BOB WOODWARD (shown at right, on the right, with Carl Bernstein) in the early 1970s), the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter whom Robert

'Boring is a blessing'

CHAMPAIGN — As things go, Israeli-Palestinian writer Sayed Kashua had it pretty good back in Israel.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry

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

This column is more than 10 years old, and I've finally gotten around to trying a little origami. Here's a poem about that, and about a good deal more than that, by Vanessa Stauffer, who teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

Lessons

To crease a sheet of paper is to change

Susan McKinney: Breaking down conspiracy theories

"Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories," by Rob Brotherton, is not a work of fiction. This is a non-fiction look into why we, as humans, need and believe conspiracy theories.

It is not a dictionary of conspiracy theories, but a research into the reasons we believe them.

The author does highlight several conspiracy theories throughout the book to make his points.

Library events, Jan. 24-31, 2016

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Alice B. McGinty: Award winners worth checking out

This year's American Library Association awards have just been announced. Picture books fared well this year, receiving not only the 2016 Caldecott Medal for illustration, but the 2016 Newbery Medal for the best written book for young people. Here are some of the winners.