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CCB Newsletter
April 2015


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News and Updates

Storytelling Festival

The CCB will host the 2015 Storytelling Festival on Saturday, April 4 from 7-9 pm at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science Building, Room 126, 501 E. Daniel St. in Champaign. Coordinated this year by Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Kate McDowell and GSLIS alum, CAS student, and Uni High School Librarian Amy Atkinson, the Festival will feature both new performers and returning seasoned storytellers sharing age-old folklore, personal stories, and everything in between. With this select lineup of engaging GSLIS students, alumni, and faculty telling tales from the profound to the profoundly delightful, the evening is sure to entertain. And if you want to join in the fun yourself, take advantage of the open mic storytelling opportunity following the program.

The cost for general admittance is $5 and is $3 for students with a Student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 6:15 pm. Some material will not be appropriate for children.

For more information or if you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this program/event, contact the CCB at (217) 244-9331 or

April Calendar

  • Saturday, April 4: Storytelling Festival, 7-9 pm, GSLIS 126
    Featuring both students and seasoned storytellers, this student-run evening of folk and original tales is bound to be a good time! Some material may not be appropriate for children. Tickets are $5, or $3 for students with ID.

  • Wednesday, April 15: Youth Lit Book Club, 5-6 pm
    Reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • Thursday, April 23: CCB Brown Bag: Rob Chappell on “In the Darkness Is the Light: The Ancient Roots of Vampire Literature,” 12 noon
    Vampires are immortal denizens of the human imagination, and as such, they have a very long pedigree in mythmaking and storytelling from around the world. After defining exactly what vampires are and explaining how to look for them in ancient and medieval literature, invited presenter Rob Chappell will share three short stories from the ancient world that feature vampiric characters. In conclusion, Chappell will show that vampires are not exclusively portrayed as irredeemably evil in ancient literature and how this understanding resonates with popular vampire fiction of today.

Events take place at the CCB unless otherwise noted. For complete descriptions of events, visit the calendar on our website.

New Bibliographies on the CCB Website

Quick Fixes: Short Stories for the Reading Commitment-Phobe
Created by Melissa Albarran, BCCB GA

Dinosaur: A Compilation of Prehistoric Publications
Created by Michelle Biwer, CCB GA

Storytelling Bibliography: Tales as Tall as the Trees: Arboreal Stories from Around the World
Created by Anna Shustitzky, CCB Outreach & Communications Coordinator

Our Affiliates Out and About

Carol Tilley, CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor, has received the Arnold O. Beckman Award, a prestigious campus award that will support a new project in her extensive research on comics. This project, entitled “Children, Comics, and Print Culture,” will culminate in the publication of a monograph. Click here for more information, or find the full article in the GSLIS newsroom.

Feature: Secrets of the CCB

If you’ve ever set foot in the CCB, you’re probably familiar with our standard offerings: a relaxing study spot, reference services at hand, and thousands of perusable children’s books. As you’re soon to find out, there’s much more to this place than meets the eye, thanks in large part to our wonderful Graduate Assistants Alice Mitchell and Michelle Biwer. (And if you’ve never set foot in the CCB, we hope you’ll find here more than enough reason to stop by!)

GA Secrets
One of the first things to recognize is the wealth of information that both GAs bring to the table. They’ll happily support your research, help you find books, or even answer questions about life at GSLIS, but their secret strength is in their combined fandom knowledge. While the GAs together could answer any piece of Harry Potter or Doctor Who trivia you throw at them, Alice prefers Labyrinth, Joan of Arcadia, and Supernatural, while Michelle has claimed Battlestar Galactica, The West Wing, and anything in the Whedon-verse.

GA Alter Egos
Alice and Michelle are both active in the larger GSLIS community, particularly ALA: Alice is the current ALA Student Chapter President, while Michelle co-chairs the Youth Services Committee, with both roles supporting collaborative opportunities for the CCB and GSLIS as a whole. You’ll see them in class, too, where they’re consulted informally as youth services experts, in addition to apprising classmates of upcoming CCB events. In their spare time, they’re both Netflix aficionados and aspiring knitters, though you’ll have to ask how they feel about long walks on the beach.

Center Secrets
Unlike any other library on campus, we encourage both eating and conversation, making the CCB an excellent place to hang out and do your homework. We have collaborative space, individual desks in the back, and a lovely napping couch in the Storytelling Corner. And although “Where’s Alice?” is Michelle’s favorite front desk question, the CCB GAs are usually here long after finishing work. Where else can you find employees who actually want to hang out at the office?

(Ill-Kept) Fraternity Secrets
This CCB secret relates to GSLIS’s storied relationship with the Acacia fraternity, the former owner of the GSLIS building. Hidden in the CCB office are several historically valuable Acacia tiles, which members are frequently asked to find and photograph, despite the fact that they’re forbidden access to the relevant area. What could be a simple directional question therefore sometimes becomes a game of ill-concealed espionage as the members attempt to reach their goal without alerting the GAs, with the most ambitious brothers even sitting through a Youth Lit Book Club discussion of The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia. All they took away was a snack and a lesson on Russian history, so let this be a message: Michelle and Alice are masters of their domain.

Secrets of Readers Advisory
It should come as no surprise that CCB employees have strong feelings about certain children’s and YA titles. Ask an open-ended question about what to read next, and you may experience what we have affectionately deemed “Aggressive Readers Advisory,” in which you’ll have a copy of Code Name Verity or Otherbound in your hands before you know what hit you. Looking for a quick literary pick-me-up? The GAs are equipped with an arsenal of choices, from the charming Hug Machine to the hilariously irate Please, Mr. Panda!, for all your picture book therapy needs.

Although none of these “secrets” were intentionally hidden, we’re glad to pull back the curtain and share our favorite things about the CCB. Now that you’re in the know, we hope that you’ll come in feeling more welcome than ever before—no secret code necessary.

New Books We Just Had to Read

Every month, the CCB Graduate Assistants highlight books reviewed in the most recent issue of the Bulletin that we were excited to read.  These decisions are based on personal preference, but all books listed are Recommended by the Bulletin. For complete reviews, visit the Bulletin website ( to learn how to subscribe.

Alice’s Choice: Invaded by Melissa Landers
Reading Level: Gr. 8-12
Pages: 356
Publisher and Year: Disney Hyperion, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4231-6949-9
Price: $17.99

At the end of Alienated (BCCB 2014), Cara and Aelyx were bound for opposite ends of the galaxy to salvage the alliance between Earth and L’eihr that Aelyx and his friends tried to stop.  Now Cara is attending school on L’eihr, having decided to live at the new human colony with Aelyx after he returns.  Meanwhile, Aelyx is sent on an alliance publicity tour across America, fending off assassination attempts while trying to get back to Cara and his planet as quickly as possible.  Adjusting to L’eihran life is difficult for Cara, with distrust from fellow students compounded by indications that she is the culprit in a series of crimes.  With mysterious probes falling from the sky and a human colony that might not be all that the L’eihrans claim, Cara and Aelyx’s problems might actually be connected.  Galaxies apart with adversity on all sides, Cara and Aelyx are “star-crossed lovers” indeed. The real strength in this novel is in Cara’s plausibly portrayed concern about fitting in on a strange new planet, but her sweet and steamy romance with Aelyx is a highlight as well.  Landers has created a brilliant world full of carefully constructed intrigue, deftly navigating the seemingly incongruous realms of intergalactic diplomacy and teenage stubbornness.  Science fiction and romance fans alike will find something enjoyable here, and they’ll join in the heavy anticipation for a third book.

Michelle’s Choice: Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
Reading Level: Gr. 8-12
Pages: 262
Publisher and Year: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-544-34011-4
Price: $17.99

In an easily imagined United States where the separation of church and state is virtually nonexistent, the evangelical Church of America preaches that the Rapture is coming. Vivian Apple is a fairly good kid—she goes to school, gets good grades, and cares about her parents—but she’s skeptical of the Rapture that Church leader Beaton Frick has promised. Vivian fears the worst when her parents disappear, leaving only two holes in the ceiling in their stead. Setting off for answers with her best friend Harp, Vivian encounters Peter, a puzzling teenager somehow connected to the New Orphans, the group attempting to bring down the Church of America. Peter agrees to join their quest, albeit with unclear motives, and the trio set off on a fairly classic cross-country American roadtrip. Unlike in most YA novels, the adults are every bit as complex as the teens as both populations strive to find answers for recent events and the true meaning of “faith.” Coyle expertly wields a swath of genres, combining dystopia and satire with a typical coming-of-age roadtrip novel, producing a relatively lighthearted take on the end of the world and teenage cynicism perfect for anyone who likes their apocalypses with a side of humor and feminism.

Anna’s Choice: Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman; illus. by Zachariah OHora
Reading Level: 4-7 yrs.
Pages: 40
Publisher and Year: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015
ISBN: 978-0316226141
Price: $17.00

When an adorable baby wolf shows up on their doorstep, Mama and Papa Bunny happily take him in as their own. Dot, suddenly a big sister, tries to convince them of the danger—“He’s going to eat us all up!”—but Mama and Papa pay her no mind. Wolfie takes an immediate liking to his big sister, following her around the house, getting in her way, and drooling all over her stuff in perfect baby-sibling form. Dismissing Dot’s earnest warnings, Mama and Papa are charmed by his delightful baby antics (“He’s a good drooler!”). Wolfie grows surprisingly fast on his all-carrot diet, and as he and Dot head to the grocery store for more, Dot is still convinced that she’s about to get eaten instead. When Wolfie is in danger, though, Dot surprises herself by coming to his rescue, and the life-threatening co-op incident leaves them closer than ever before. This classic sibling narrative is aggressively charming (see: Polaroid cameras and bunny onesies), but feisty Dot and her well-intentioned, oblivious parents keep the story on the humorous side of twee. Thick acrylic lines and a rich, retro color scheme lend a warm and familiar air to this urban neighborhood setting, and the simple artwork makes each intermittent detail especially entertaining.

Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Beheshti, Jamshid & Large, Andrew, eds. The Information Behavior of a New Generation: Children and Teens in the 21st Century. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0810885943.

For more book selections or to order this one, visit the CCB’s Amazon Wish List.

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