MANSFIELD — Like libraries across the state, the Blue Ridge Township Public Library in downtown Mansfield had to cancel much of its programming for children this spring and summer.
The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute’s Renewing Illinois program encourages Illinois university students to discuss and debate creative solutions to revitalize the Prairie State. While preparing background materials for the students who will participate in our annual summit, we recognized …
What do you know about Nijinsky? He was a legendary dancer, homosexual, he caused a riot in Paris when he performed to Stravinsky’s music? All true, but there is so much more as shown in Lynn Curlee’s “The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance” (Charlesbridge 2019).
I sometimes go through genre phases in my reading. For several years I read post-apocalyptic science fiction, with one of my favorites being “On the Beach” by Nevil Shute.
As we struggle through this time of storm and change, here are two picture books about getting through storms with growth, understanding and kindness.
“Other Words for 365彩票,” by Jasmine Warga, is a novel in verse about the grief and happiness of trying to adapt to an entirely new culture while living an ocean away from your loved ones and familiar places. It is full of funny and bittersweet observations, including everything from confusing…
With a shelter-in-place order in effect the last 12 weeks, I got a jump on some of the books that would have been pushed to my summer reading list. Here are a few that have jumped to the fore.
When I first started reading science fiction/fantasy novels, there used to be a lot of compilations by authors, new and established. It gave you a chance to test the waters of new authors, but it also gave you novellas from favorite authors. That practice is not as predominant now as it used…
June 8 is World Ocean Day! While many of us are not able to make it to the ocean in person, here are two new picture books which will take us there.
“The Queen Bee and Me” is not only about a young girl who is a “queen bee,” but it is also about actual queen bees and other sorts of bees, too. This book reminded me that one of the (many) things I love about reading is the opportunity to accidentally learn about something you thought you h…
Frances Hardinge’s young-adult fantasy “A Face Like Glass” takes ideas from fairy tales and twists them into an exciting story of the fight against elitism, the struggle to fix systemic inequality and the intricacies of making magical cheese.
A temporary computer lab will be available in the first-floor meeting room of the library at 319 N. Vermilion St. Patrons are limited to 30 minutes and should wear masks and observe social distancing.
Nine boys (from 9 to 15 years old) and three men are dropped off at the nearly vertical Warrior Stac — one of the tiny rock islands of the St. Kilda Archipelago in the far northwest of Scotland.
Michael Fumento, a native of Champaign, military veteran and UI law graduate, is taking the position that COVID-19 is 'overwhelmingly a disease of the old and infirm' that has been falsely characterized as a threat to kills millions of all ages.
As locked down as we may be this summer, there are still plenty of places to go in books and plenty of places and adventures to talk about once the book is finished.
“Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington” by Ted Widmer is a book about Abraham Lincoln and his trip to Washington, D.C., after being elected president of the United States.
Spring is about new beginnings — including bird’s nests and babies — as are featured in these two wonderful new picture books.
The World War II era remains one of the most popular settings for historical fiction. The facts of the conflict are familiar, allowing readers to sink into the story without much scene-setting or exposition, and there were plenty of heroic deeds committed by ordinary people fighting the Nazi…
On the list of families eager to see the Champaign Public Library back in business, the Morbers have to be near the top.
What happens when two adults with children start dating? In “A Field Guide to Getting Lost,” by Joy McCullough, we can enjoy what happens when two such kids fit together like “chalk and cheese.” In other words, these kids, Sutton and Luis, are so different from one another, it’s almost comical.