Books

Books

Hello, aliens; goodbye, world

The summer reading season has arrived. What better way to kick it off than by reading a terrific (not to mention terrifying) post-apocalyptic survival story that could very well be the next "Hunger Games"?

Rick Yancey's newest book, "The 5th Wave" (Putnam Juvenile, 2013) is a harrowing roller coaster ride through a world turned upside down by an alien invasion.

Library events June 9-16, 2013

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.

Art Beat: Pens to Lens simply a great idea

One recent event I was sorry to miss (for a profound reason) was the Pens to Lens gala May 29 at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, when children whose screenplays had been made into movies by local filmmakers walked the red carpet into the movie house.

There they saw on a big screen what their imaginations had wrought.

Georgetown library has signups for summer reading program

GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown Public Library will hold a sign-up for its 2013 summer reading program from June 10-15.

This year's theme is "Have Book Will Travel." It is open to children through the fifth grade.

C-U Haiku June 2, 2013

finally sunshine

now i can do laundry

hang it outside

— Ruth Walker, Urbana

Library events June 2-9, 2013

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.

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry June 2, 2013

You can't get closer to our hunter-gatherer ancestors than by clawing in the earth with your fingers. Here's a delightful poem about digging for bait by Marsha Truman Cooper, a Californian.

A Knot of Worms

As day began to break, we passed

the "honk for worms" sign,

passed it honking again

and again, to wake up the worms

my dad said. It was only

Two terrific tales will keep little ones entertained

Today's column features two new terrific springtime picture books by local authors:

Book offers tips to hone speaking skills

If you have a business, a blog or a product to sell, then Ty Bennett's new book, "The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication," will be useful for you.

If you give speeches, presentations or teach, this book will change the way you present your information. It's a well-organized, how-to guide about how storytelling can affect people's lives and move them to action.

District's libraries to be open all summer for student reading, learning

CHAMPAIGN — Students will have more opportunities to curl up with a good book this summer, as several Champaign school district libraries will be open to them.

At the libraries, students can check out books and participate in reading and learning activities.