That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Music scene

URBANA — The harp duo Lilac 94 will perform contemporary music at 8 tonight at [co][lab], 206 W. Main St., U.

Little ones don't have to be bored on rainy days

The recent summer storms in our area chased all of us indoors for a time. Rainy days can lead to changes in plans and perhaps the occasional cry of "I'm bored."

That's when a good book helps. These two picture books will help give you and your kids the inside scoop on what to do during those rainy summer days.

Here's what's happening on the literary scene

July events at bookstore

Barnes & Noble in Champaign will celebrate pop culture through July with its annual Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble, featuring events, author appearances, giveaways and other activities.

Library events, June 28-July 25

Selected events at local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, June 28, 2015

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

A poem whose subject needs no introduction! Melissa Balmain lives in New York state, and her most recent book is "Walking in on People" from Able Muse Press.


Your TV cable's on the fritz.

Your Xbox is corroded.

Your iPod sits in useless bits.

Your Game Boy just imploded.

C-U Haiku, June 28, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Last mote of twilight?

Escaped spark from neighbor's grill?

Oh — first firefly of summer!

— Rosemary Laughlin, Urbana

Romance mixed with plenty of laughs

Here we are in the heart of the summer, so a beach read is the perfect book to introduce.

"Love Me Sweet," although set in the snowy winter of Michigan, provides the warmth, humor and love that only a well-written romantic comedy can.

C-U authors contributed to new book on motivation

URBANA — Failure is not final but rather pregnant with potential, according to a new book by eight African-American authors.

"The Reinvention Project," a self-published book, features eight chapters contributed by six Champaign-Urbana residents and two other writers.

Top of the morning, June 25, 2015

I invite you to join three local authors — Donna Reed ("My Voice"), Lin Warfel ("Song of the Prairie") and Maureen Holtz ("Allerton Paradise" and "Robert Allerton") — in our downtown lobby at 4:30 p.m. today for a two-hour book-signing event.

Reed's book — her first — is a collection of columns that appeared in The News-Gazette.

Children's book drive scheduled Friday

CHAMPAIGN — The United Way will host a children's book drive Friday at its offices at 404 W. Church St.