Full lineup for 2017 Pygmalion Festival released

CHAMPAIGN — The lineup for Pygmalion, the annual indie-music festival set for Sept. 20-24 in Champaign-Urbana, has been revealed, with Animal Collective among the musical acts.

The festival also includes tech, literature, craft and food components. Festival passes go on sale at noon Friday.

C-U haiku, June 25, 2017


I'm feeling the funk

oooh gusto flame oh lawdy

this groove I thee wed

— Billy Malanga, Urbana

Submissions may be made to with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Joel Shoemaker: 'Stay' a great tale about companionship

What may appear to be yet another, simple picture book ends up being a complex and beautifully optimistic tale of lifelong companionship.

Library events, June 25-July 1, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

On Monday at the main library, teens will turn cardboard boxes into custom arcade games at a Teen STEAM workshop presented in partnership with the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab. Sign up for the morning (9 a.m.

Ruth Siburt: 'Soar' a winning tale full of insight, hope

Recently, my niece loaned me a useful book on mindset. It seems a lot of how we get along depends on how we think.

Do we see situations as permanent or temporary? Do we imagine people as helpful or hurtful?

Joan Bauer's 2016 novel for middle grades, "Soar," is a heartwarming story of a boy courageously practicing a hopeful mindset.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, June 25, 2017

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

One of my favorite poems is Louise Bogan's "The Crossed Apple," which mentions two species, Meadow Milk and Sweet Burning, and since reading it many years ago I have made notes of the names of apples, a poet's delight.

Entertainment listings, June 22-29, 2017



What: Grandstand entertainment includes Little Miss and Talent Show at 6 p.m. June 22, Truck and Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. June 23, Stadium Motocross at 7 p.m. June 24, Demo Derby at 4 p.m. June 25. Livestock shows, 4-H exhibits and shows, carnival, entertainment, food and more.

Mary Wilkes Towner: Two tales to get started with romance

I'm a proud romance-novel reader. I'm drawn to the escapism, the happy endings, the strong characters and, lately, the diversity. Focusing on relationships, these titles run the gamut from sweet to sassy to sexy, and offer all sorts of plots and protagonists.

Library events, June 18-24, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 7 p.m. Monday at the main library, listen to the adventures of "eclipse chaser" Andy Jones, who chases eclipses around the world, and learn about the upcoming solar eclipse on Aug.21. Part of The Sky's the Limit Summer Series.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, June 18, 2017

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Kelly Madigan lives in Nebraska and this poem is from her book, "The Edge of Known Things," from Stephen F. Austin University Press.

Did you think that you were all that different from a porcupine? Well, poetry reaches for and seizes upon connections, and here's an example of that.