Margo Dill: An eye-opening view of the justice system

"Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson is the true story of the author's fight for justice, starting as an intern at the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee at 23 years of age in 1983 and rising to executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which he founded to defend those most desperate in need.

Ruth Siburt: A story that will keep you reading to the last page

It's a rare book that keeps me turning pages until I reach the last one. That's how I read Kimberly Willis Holt's new novel for middle grades, "Dear Hank Williams."

Eleven-year-old Tate P. Ellerbee lives with her Aunt Patty Cake and her Uncle Jolly in Rippling Creek, La.

Library events, Aug. 23-30, 2015

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 2 p.m. today, singer-songwriter Emily Otnes (experimental pop) will take the stage for a free concert at the main library. The event is sponsored by the Library Friends.

C-U Haiku, Aug. 16, 2015

with all our sins

and all our scars:

anniversary lily

— Lee Gurga, White Heath

Kelly Strom: Humorous fiction

Sometimes you just need a little levity. When you get bored with all of the cute little quips on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, try some of the humorous books at the library.

We have a wide variety of titles to tickle your fancy — anything from comic strips to essays by the national pundits.

Patricia Hruby Powell: An impressive mix of fantasy and realism

Finn O'Sullivan lives in Bone Gap, Ill., with his older brother, Sean, at the edge of town among the cornstalks in the young adult book "Bone Gap" (Balzer & Bray 2015) by Laura Ruby.

Finn is called Moonface, Sidetrack and Spaceman by his friends — in fact by the whole town.

Library events, Aug. 16-23, 2015

Upcoming events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Introduce your baby to the joy of reading with stories, songs and bounces for little ones 18 months and younger. The program takes place on Monday morning at 9:45, 10:15 and 10:45 at the main library.

Margo L. Dill: Local author's third book set in C-U

Local author and attorney Scott A. Lerner is back on the bookshelves with his third book, "The Fraternity of the Soul Eater: A Samuel Roberts Thriller." In this entertaining tale full of mystery, intrigue and Egyptian lore, attorney Sam Roberts finds himself in the middle of a case where an 18-year-old fraternity pledge claims he saw a girl being sacrificed at the group's initiation ceremony.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Aug. 16, 2015

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

Several years ago, I published a children's book about a bag in the wind, so it's no wonder I love this poem by April Lindner, who lives in Pennsylvania. Once you start noticing these wind-blown bags, you see them everywhere. Her most recent book is "This Bed Our Bodies Shaped" (Able Muse Press, 2012).

Carried Away

Allerton Library board stays with plan

MONTICELLO — After discussing another downtown relocation option — the soon-to-be vacant First Mid-Illinois Bank building — Allerton Public Library Board members decided to stay the course and build a new structure on Green Apple Lane.