Books

Library events, May 25-June , 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.


C-U Haiku, May 25, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Glorious warbling

at not-Silent Spring dawn —

thank you, Rachel.

— Brenda Pacey, Paxton


2 selections — one quiet, one not so quiet

With summer almost upon us, the trees are leafing out and the world has turned a vibrant green. These two picture books, though very different, both celebrate a sense of strength, growth and freedom.


Unique characters will entertain readers

Therese Walsh has written a mesmerizing novel with two unique, unforgettable and interesting characters — the Moon sisters.


Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, May 25, 2014

Peter Everwine is a poet whose work I have admired for many years. Here is a poem about an experience many of us have shared. Everwine lives in California, but what happens in this poem happens every day in every corner of the world.

After the Funeral

We opened closets and bureau drawers

and packed away, in boxes, dresses and shoes,


A little relief for 'Downton Abbey' addicts

Like many of you, I am currently in "Downton Abbey" withdrawl. There are many reasons so many of us watch the BBC show that has captured America by storm. Maybe it's the fashion that is showcased each episode: the new plunging necklines or visible calves. The exquisite beadwork or fashion-forward hairstyles.


Library events, May 18-25, 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.


C-U Haiku, May 18, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Neighbor's fallen tree

Firewood for next winter

axe glinting in sun

— James Escher, Saint Joseph


Science fiction fans will enjoy 'Zero Time'

As we know, the world did not come to an end when the Mayan calendar ended in 2012. Author T. W. Fendley explores Mesoamerican culture, time travel, the Mayan calendar and more in her science fiction novel "Zero Time," which mostly alternates between Peru in 2011 and Mexico in ancient times.


Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, May 18, 2014

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

When a poem has a strong story to tell, the simplest and most direct language is often the best choice because the poet may not want literary effects to get in the way of the message. Here's a good example of straightforward language used to maximum effectiveness by Jeanie Greensfelder, who lives in California.

Sixth Grade


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