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.
CHAMPAIGN — The United Way will host a children's book drive Friday at its offices at 404 W. Church St.
Among the incidents reported at public libraries in Champaign, Danville and Urbana in recent months, after a review from a Freedom of Information Act request:
The staff at public libraries often have to do much more than "shush" a noisy patron.
A review of hundreds of incident reports at the Champaign, Urbana and Danville public libraries reveals that, like many public places, libraries aren't sanctuaries from theft, rowdy behavior, drug and alcohol abuse, even sexual misconduct.
Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette
good drones mate with queen
while worker bees make honey
but bad drones just sting
— Ruth S. Walker, Urbana
Why? Why should one person live and another die? And what about miracles? Are they the real thing? And, if miracles are the real deal, then who decides how those get handed out?
These are reasonable questions. I suspect everyone asks them at one time or another. They are the essential questions for Elana K. Arnold's sixth-grade heroine, Iris Abernathy, in "The Question of Miracles."
By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06
I love richly detailed descriptive poems, and this one by Barbara Crooker, who lives in Pennsylvania, is a good example of how vivid a picture a poem can offer to us. Her most recent book is "Selected Poems," Future Cycle Press, 2015.
It'd been a long winter, rags of snow hanging on; then, at the end
"If Nuns Ruled the World" by Jo Piazza is a glimpse into the lives of 10 nuns who are doing extraordinary work in the world. From fighting human trafficking to working with women inmates to rebuild their lives, these 10 brave nuns shatter the stereotype of the strict school marm and show "the feminine genius in the Catholic Church."
With a few exceptions, I'm not a big reader of huge blockbuster bestsellers. I prefer a quieter novel, one that earns a following simply by the story line and not the name of the author or series title.
Selected events coming up at local libraries.
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.
At 3 p.m. Thursday at the main library, learn how jazz music was born in the U.S. Listen, play and learn a little swing dance.