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A fun cookbook you can't refuse

Although summer isn't officially over for a couple more weeks, most of us are in the back-to-school routine once Labor Day is over. This usually means more family dinners at the table, instead of the pool or the beach, so now's the time to try some new recipes.

C-U Haiku, Sept. 7, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Tree leaves swaying

Tall grass rustling in the wind

Fade from green to brown

— Gary Szeto, Champaign

Library events, Sept. 7-14, 2014

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

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Prepare your students for a new school year

When my kids were young, I enjoyed the summers. We spent days lounging at the pool or climbing structures at a local park. We had popsicles and took rainy day walks.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Sept. 7, 2014

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

Stories read to us as children can stay with us all our lives. Robert McCloskey's Lentil was especially influential for me, and other books have helped to shape you. Here's Matt Mason, who lives in Omaha, with a book that many of you will remember.

The Story of Ferdinand the Bull

Dad would come home after too long at work

TV star plans book signing in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Cable-TV star and interior designer Doug Wilson, a native of Broadlands, will sign copies of his book, "Doug's Rooms: Transforming Your Space One Room at a Time," from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Classic Home Consignment, 1912 C-D Round Barn Road, C.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Aug. 31, 2014

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

Faith Shearin's poetry is conversational while moving gracefully and almost effortlessly toward conclusions that really have some punch to them. This one is a good example of that. Shearin lives in Maryland.

Music at My Mother's Funeral

During the weeks when we all believed my mother

was likely to die she began to plan

It's personal

Last summer, while packing to move into my new house, I unearthed a box of forgotten letters I had saved from my college years.

The majority of the letters were from my grandmother, who passed away several years ago. I cherish her little cards and letters, with her distinctive handwriting and the way she inserted a sideways "ha!" above the sentence break after a humorous anecdote.

Library events, Aug. 31-Sept. 7

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

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Barry offers more laughs in latest book

I love funny books and write about them quite often, from Jim Gaffigan's "Dad is Fat" to Ellen Degeneres' "Seriously ... I'm Kidding." But I'm not sure any humorous book has had me laughing until tears were running down my face like Dave Barry's most recent work, "You Can Date Boys When You're Forty."