Library events, Aug. 28-Sept. 4, 2016

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

From 1:30 to 5 p.m. today at the main library's FriendShop Bookstore, buy used books for $1 per bagful at this month's Tag Bag Sale.

From 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the main library, teens are invited to stop by for snacks and fun.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Aug. 28, 2016

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

Patricia Hruby Powell: Imagination on full display in 'Lie Tree'

Frances Hardinge sets "The Lie Tree" (Amulet 2016) in Victorian England amidst the argument of God vs. Darwin's theory of evolution. Faith, 14 years old, soon to be a woman, must feign ignorance in order to discuss natural science.

C-U haiku, Aug. 28, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

Once Great Inland Sea,

now dinosaur descendants skim

rolling waves of soy.

— David E. Hall, Tuscola

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.

Susan McKinney: Mystery will keep you flipping pages

In "The Woman in Cabin 10," Ruth Ware has written a modern mystery that keeps you hanging until the very end.

Laura Blacklock is a journalist for a travel magazine. She's never made it very far in her business, and she hopes to move upward someday.

Book review: Author shares stories about the natural world

I wish that instead of writing this review for you, we could be sitting together on a bench at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana amidst the lush grass and leafy trees with the cicadas buzzing and the sunset a blazing red.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Aug. 21, 2016

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

Roy Scheele, one of Nebraska's finest poets, has a new chapbook called "The Sledders: Thirty Sonnets" from Three Sheets Press. One of any writer's most valuable tools is memory, and this poem shows it being put to work to breathe life into an afternoon from long ago.

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Schedule for Flatlands Festival

Star ballerina Misty Copeland (below), the first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, won't be here in person for the Flatlands Dance Film Festival on Friday and Saturday at the Spurlock Museum in Urbana.

Kelly Strom: A fantasy novel for everyone

It is in the nature of librarianship to be curious about many things.

When I first became a librarian, I loved it because I felt the work was a lot like solving puzzles. The beauty of working with such a large and diverse group is the fact that there is such a wide variety of reading interests.