Alice B. McGinty: Gear up for summer with two adventures

To welcome the transition from spring to summer, here are two brand new picture books, chock-full of energy and life.

"Spring Hare" (2017, Henry Holt and Company, by Eugene Yelchin, ages 2-6) is a wordless picture book created by the award-winning author and illustrator of the book "Breaking Stalin's Nose."

Lauren Chambers/review: 'Caraval' full of twists and turns


Siblings. You love your siblings, you hate them. Often at the same time. But when all is said, you'll do anything to protect them. They're your best friends. They know you at your worst and at your best, and they still talk to you.

Ask 'Mimi,' May 21, 2017

Did you see that Harmonia Rosales' re-creation of Michelangelo's 'The Creation of Adam' has gone viral?

Yes, the Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed and other media have done articles on her oil painting. In the famous painting, she replaced the white male figures that represent Jesus, God and angels with black women.

C-U haiku, May 21, 2017


Little tiny sprouts

Bright green against the brown soil

What will you become?

— Zanne Newman, Champaign

Submissions may be made to with 'C-U haiku' in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli from the week that was

Packed house for Hank's music

I thought I'd wait until the band warmed up before I went over to the Rose Bowl last week for the C-U Folk & Roots Festival's "Tribute to Hanks Williams." What a mistake. I arrived 30 minutes after the start time and the Rose Bowl was packed. No seats whatsoever.

Library events, May 21-27, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

From 1 to 6 p.m. today at the main library, attend the Summer Reading Blast Off, featuring music, face painting, storytimes, juggling and more. Sign up for The Sky's the Limit Summer Reading Club for all ages. You can win a telescope, backpack or a chance to name a star.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

It's story time

Kristin Walters, one of the two women behind Imbibe Urbana, is hosting "Narratively: A Series of Stories" from 4 to 6 p.m. next Sunday at 303 W. Griggs St., U; it's open to the public.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, May 21, 2017

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

During the 12 years we've been doing this weekly column, today's poem will be the first time I've offered you a plane ride. It's just one of a number of fine poems from Patricia Hooper's book "Separate Flights" from the University of Tampa Press. Hooper lives in North Carolina.

Sunday Flying

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A big reunion at Centennial High

Retiring Centennial High School drama director Sue Aldridge's swan song, "Callbacks," a show featuring 235 alumni plus current students, will be next Sunday in the Clif Aldridge Auditorium at Centennial.

One alum is coming from New Zealand to perform.

Co-author turns children's book into a musical

CHAMPAIGN — Kenny Chumbley jokes that he has "zero background" in theater, but having grown up watching "The Ed Sullivan Show," he figures he's qualified to put on a musical based on a children's book he wrote.

The book, "The Green Children," which received a Literary Classics Seal of Approval, was co-written with Jim McGuiggan and illustrated by Nadya Ruvindky.