Books

Books

Kelly Strom: Survival stories

Character development is crucial in literary fiction novels. The reader must feel some sort of empathy or emotional connectedness with the persons who take front stage in this type of story.

Whether they are kind, troubled, malicious or gracious, it is important that they strike a chord in the readers' thoughts.

Library events, Nov. 13-20, 2016

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 3 p.m. Monday at the main library, middle and high school students can attend How to Draw Anime in the Naruto Style.

C-U haiku, Nov. 13, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

Cool fall breeze blowing

Raked red leaves briskly burning

Next day new layers on lawn

— Marlys Clark, Savoy

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.

Alice B. McGinty: Authors, illustrators promote play

Here are two standout books that have caught my attention lately.

Champaign makes Star Library List for eighth straight year

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Public Library maintained its place on the Library Journal's Star Library List for the eighth year in a row.

Champaign, which received three-star status out of five, is one of 19 Illinois libraries included on a list of 260 nationwide.

Ruth Siburt: Great read for youths fascinated with merfolk

Presently, my 6-year-old granddaughter is interested in merpeople. She is so interested, that together, we have made a pattern and are hoping to stitch a pair of fins for her male dress-up doll.

Library events, Nov. 6-13, 2016

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

C-U haiku, Nov. 6, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

Homer Lake in fall,

I kneel, gather turning leaves,

hold fire in my hands.

— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono

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.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Music scene

CU Bands and Fans fundraiser

CU Bands and Fans will have its fourth annual celebration/fundraiser from 5 p.m. to around midnight next Sunday at City Center, 505 S. Chestnut St., C.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Nov. 6, 2016

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