Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, July 6, 2014

By TED KOOSER/U.S. Poet Laureate 2004-06

I'm especially fond of sparklers because they were among the very few fireworks we could obtain in Iowa when I was a boy. And also because in 2004 we set off the fire alarm system at the Willard Hotel in Washington by lighting a few to celebrate my inauguration as poet laureate. Here's Barbara Crooker, of Pennsylvania, also looking back.

'Windswept' continues new fantasy series

"Windswept" by Jadie Jones is the second book in a beautifully written young adult/new adult fantasy series, full of reincarnation, immortal villains, horses, a strong heroine and a hunky hero.

Library events, July 6-13, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

C-U Haiku, July 6, 2014

Edited by LEE GURGA/For The News-Gazette

morning dew dries:

the ball rolls quickly

into the hole

— John Murray, Champaign

Ludlow to get Little Free Library

LUDLOW — A Little Free Library is coming to Ludlow, thanks to a grant provided to the grade school by the Normal Mid-State Reading Council's Carol Berry Memorial.

With no library in Ludlow and no summer school or other access to the school's library during breaks in the school year, the council felt this was a good project for Ludlow Grade School and could go far in promoting chi

Book sale as fundraiser set for next week

URBANA — Presence Covenant Medical Center Foundation's employee giving group will hold a book fair as a fund-raiser on July 7 and 8.

It will be held in the hospital auditoriums A&B from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7 and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8.

Included for sale will be a wide variety of gifts and books at less than retail prices, according to the hospital.

Soccer books: Cup runneth over

Soccer has finally made it in the U.S. While the rest of the world is full of rabid fans for the game they call football, or futbol, it has been slow to catch on in America. Maybe it's the proliferation of other sports and recreational activities. I'm not sure, but I've always been a soccer fan.

C-U Haiku, June 29, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette


In overwhelming calm

A prairie rose

— Joanna Jamerson, Champaign

Glimpse of China in the '70s

I suppose most households have rules for eating. In my family, the rule was, "Take what you want, but eat what you take."

Portions left on the plate would harvest adult scowls and an admonishment about the hungry children in China. Imagine my surprise upon learning that children in China also suffered under this admonition. So writes, Na Liu, author of "Little White Duck."

Author stresses importance of motherhood

Any book about motherhood catches my attention, as I'm currently at the stage in my life where this role consumes my daily thoughts and activities.

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