The goal is to enlarge the library, built in 2010, to 24,000 square feet, the size originally recommended by a consultant for a town of Mahomet’s size but voted down by referendum. The public later approved a subsequent referendum for a smaller library.

“Starfish” is a novel in verse about a young girl, Ellie, who is bullied about her weight. The story, by Lisa Fipps, shows Ellie’s journey as she learns both that she deserves to be treated with love and respect and also how to push back and protect herself against the bullying.

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Hollywood and Broadway share a love — a love of castigating Hollywood and Broadway. And you can see that self-referential animus on grand display in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s classic 1950 tale of raw Broadway ambition, “All About Eve,” screening at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 as part of The News-Gazette Fil…

It’s the beginning of a new year, a time when we often take a step back from day-to-day activities and reflect on the bigger things in life. These two new picture books do the same. They give young readers not only a larger outlook, but a celestial outlook. Both books are written by award-wi…

It’s funny how we delude ourselves. We push traumatic memories to the back of our minds, refusing to deal or think about the impact painful events have had on us. Even worse is when we justify things we’ve done that have hurt others. We’re all guilty of this at one time or another, ultimatel…

There are some films where you can pinpoint exactly when they jump the rails, and George Clooney’s “The Tender Bar,” an adaptation of the memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winner J. R. Moehrigner, is one of them. Though the movie gets off to a promising start, an awkward transition undercuts the mome…

The fourth-graders in Kristine Scheu’s classroom at Barkstall Elementary in Champaign have both the talent and incentive to fare well in our annual Design An Ad contest.

In the opening of Naomi Hirahara’s absorbing historical mystery, “Clark and Division,” Aki Ito and her family are living peacefully near Los Angeles during the early days of World War II when Pearl Harbor abruptly changes everything for them.