Books

Books

Alice B. McGinty: Stories to get you in school mode

It's back-to-school time. Here are two wonderful new books that, each in their own way, are all about learning and heading back to school.

C-U haiku, Sept. 3, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Big Sweeping sunsets

Lavish color spread so wide

Love the prairie skies

— Zanne Newman, Champaign

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

Kelly Strom: Fall into creativity

In less than a month, fall will officially be upon us. What better time to start some soul-enriching craft projects? We have a great selection of new titles to quench your creative thirst at the Champaign Public Library.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

THE 74TH ANNUAL NATIONAL SWEETCORN FESTIVAL

What: Presented by Hoopeston Jaycees. National Sweetheart Pageant, midway, beer tent, flea market, display area, car show, 5K, truck and tractor pull, demo derby, contests, entertainment including Jo Dee Messina with Forgotten Highway at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, and more.

ReStart program's part-time jobs more than just paychecks

CHAMPAIGN — Surrounded by thousands of used, donated books, Toya Douglas is finding a peaceful place and stability in her life.

And as a formerly homeless, single mother of nine, that means a lot to her.

"Without this job and the people that helped me to get this job, I'd say where would I be right now," she said.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Krannert Art Museum's Opening Night

Krannert Art Museum's Opening Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday will include a public reception to celebrate the exhibitions, with a welcome by Allyson Purpura and Prita Meier, curators of "World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean," which will travel to the Smithsonian and UCLA and has been a few years in the making.

C-U haiku, Aug. 27, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

The white sand waves break

peacefully on rocky shores.

But, the undertow?

— David E. Hall, Tuscola

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

Ruth Siburt: Popular travel game now a book

Two enterprising authors have turned the classic long car ride game of "Two Truths and a Lie" into a captivating nonfiction book for middle-grade readers. Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson's 2017 release from Walden Pond Press covers a lot of scientific ground in a fascinating way.

Library events, Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 9:45, 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. Mondays at the main library, introduce your baby to the joy of reading at Babies Love Books, a time for stories, songs and bounces for children 18 months old and younger.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 24-31, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HALF CENTURY OF PROGRESS