Library events, June 28-July 25

Selected events at local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

C-U Haiku, June 28, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Last mote of twilight?

Escaped spark from neighbor's grill?

Oh — first firefly of summer!

— Rosemary Laughlin, Urbana

Little ones don't have to be bored on rainy days

The recent summer storms in our area chased all of us indoors for a time. Rainy days can lead to changes in plans and perhaps the occasional cry of "I'm bored."

That's when a good book helps. These two picture books will help give you and your kids the inside scoop on what to do during those rainy summer days.

Here's what's happening on the literary scene

July events at bookstore

Barnes & Noble in Champaign will celebrate pop culture through July with its annual Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble, featuring events, author appearances, giveaways and other activities.

C-U authors contributed to new book on motivation

URBANA — Failure is not final but rather pregnant with potential, according to a new book by eight African-American authors.

"The Reinvention Project," a self-published book, features eight chapters contributed by six Champaign-Urbana residents and two other writers.

Top of the morning, June 25, 2015

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.

Children's book drive scheduled Friday

CHAMPAIGN — The United Way will host a children's book drive Friday at its offices at 404 W. Church St.

Library events, June 21-28, 2015

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.

'The feminine genius in the Catholic Church'

"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."

C-U Haiku, June 21, 2015

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