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Library events, July 13-20, 2014

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.

'Beautiful Oblivion' a great beach read

When I first started reading Jamie McGuire's "Beautiful Oblivion," I didn't think I was going to like it much. Something about the first chapter didn't agree with me, whether it was the sexist statements from the main character's brothers, the four-letter words pouring out of her and her roommate's mouths or what seemed like a cliche setting for a new adult novel, a local bar.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, July 13, 2014

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

No ideas but in things, said one of my favorite poets, William Carlos Williams, and here's a fine poem by Maryann Corbett of St. Paul, Minn., about turning up one small object loaded with meaning.

Finding the Lego

You find it when you're tearing up your life,

trying to make some sense of the old messes,

Discover a world of awe and magic

We experience the reality of rural 19th-century Norway in "West of the Moon" (Abrams-Amulet 2014) by Margi Preus, yet we feel immersed in a land of magic. The Norwegians are Christian but are living in a world paralleling Scandinavian folktales. Superstitions are alive and alluring — with the invisible and wicked huldrefolks lurking near cradles and under bridges.

The informed traveler

Before taking off, check out library's guidebooks

I just returned from a vacation to Washington D.C., the Jersey shore and Annapolis, Md. It was — interesting.

New picture books get adventurous

Summer is a time for adventure! Here are two new picture books with their own take on adventure, both the glories and the risks.

C-U Haiku, July 6, 2014

Edited by LEE GURGA/For The News-Gazette

morning dew dries:

the ball rolls quickly

into the hole

— John Murray, Champaign

Library events, July 6-13, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

'Windswept' continues new fantasy series

"Windswept" by Jadie Jones is the second book in a beautifully written young adult/new adult fantasy series, full of reincarnation, immortal villains, horses, a strong heroine and a hunky hero.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, July 6, 2014

By TED KOOSER/U.S. Poet Laureate 2004-06

I'm especially fond of sparklers because they were among the very few fireworks we could obtain in Iowa when I was a boy. And also because in 2004 we set off the fire alarm system at the Willard Hotel in Washington by lighting a few to celebrate my inauguration as poet laureate. Here's Barbara Crooker, of Pennsylvania, also looking back.