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CCB Newsletter
April 2016


In this Newsletter…

News and Updates

Storytelling Festival

The CCB will host the 2016 Storytelling Festival on Saturday, April 16 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 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

  • Friday, April 1: Deadline for applications to BCCB Graduate Assistant and CCB Graduate/Research
     Assistant positions.

  • Monday, April 4: University Library Edible Book Festival, 11:30 am-1 pm, University YMCA
    For more information, please visit

  • Tuesday, April 5: Storytelling Festival Auditions, 7:00-9:00pm
    Everyone is welcome to audition, although we ask that you will be available for at least one rehearsal the week before the festival. If you would are interested in auditioning, please sign up here. Folk and literary tales, as well as personal stories are encouraged.

  • Thursday, April 7: CCB Brown Bag: Rob Chappell on “From Antiquity to Beyond: Science Fiction Stories
    from Before the Scientific Revolution,” 12 noon
    Science fiction existed long before the Scientific Revolution, and in this presentation, Rob Chappell will talk about the origins and development of science fiction motifs during ancient and medieval times. Stories from Babylonia, Greece, Japan, and Wales will show how our ancient forebears used the science of their own times to create amazing tales of wonder and adventure that pushed the limits of the human imagination. We will also see how themes and motifs from ancient science fiction are still impacting popular culture and children’s literature in today’s world.
  • Saturday, April 16: 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.


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

New Bibliography on the CCB Website

Viva la Revolución: A Radical Bibliography
Created by Fiona Hartley-Kroeger, CCB Volunteer

Our Affiliates Out and About

Carol Tilley, CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor, will be in San Diego from April 8-11 to participate in judging the Eisner Awards. She is also presenting a paper entitled “Reading Plus: Early Popular and Participatory Cultures in Comics” at International Comics Arts Forum in Columbia, SC which takes place April 14-17. Carol Tilley will be in Atlanta to participate in the spring ALISE Board of Directors meeting from April 22-24.

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Kate McDowell will be at the Public Library Association GSLIS booth from April 6-8 in Denver, CO; anyone finding themselves at PLA – stop by!

Deborah Stevenson, CCB Director, will be hosting a panel called “Some Nonfiction!: Dynamic Informational Books for Young Readers” at the School Library Journal Day of Dialogue, which takes place at the UIC Forum in Chicago on May 11.

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.

Lauren’s Choice: The Passion of Dolssa By Julie Berry
Reading Level: Gr. 8-12
Pages:  [496p]
Publisher and Year: Viking, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-451-46992-2
Price: $17.99

After seeing her mother savagely burned at the stake, eighteen-year-old noblewoman Dolssa de Stigata escapes and makes a run for it in order to save herself from suffering the same fate.  A young tavern maid and matchmaker, Botille Flasucra, finds Dolssa slowly wasting away in a forest of Provensa.  When Botille and her two sisters welcome Dolssa into their family’s warmhearted and accepting arms, their quaint French village changes forever.  In this book set shortly after the flames of the Albigensian Crusades flickered away, the Roman Catholic Christendom fights to extinguish any last wisps of heretic behavior.  Dolssa’s zealous relationship with her dearest “Jhesus” heals the spirits and bodies of the townsfolk, but puts a target on her back as fanatical churchmen attempt to track her down.  Berry communicates Dolssa’s story through multiple perspectives, creating the urgency of a thriller, the intricacies of a memoir, and the sorrow of a tragedy. The extensive back matter includes glossaries, suggested reading, and detailed historical notes, which reveal that many of Berry’s characters are “borrowed from history.” For a work of fiction, this book is evocatively real.

Michelle’s Choice: Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins.
Reading Level: Gr. 7-10
Pages: 400
Publisher and Year: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2016
ISBN: 978-125-0079121
Price: $19.99
An all-new cast of blockbuster YA authors share love stories with a summer backdrop in this diverse anthology. In Stephanie Perkins’ previous collection, set during the holidays, every story left readers with an appropriately festive warm, cozy feeling that only reading romance can kindle. Summer is apparently a season for more emotional complexity as Summer Days and Summer Nights covers more territory when it comes to love, as themes include breakups, sexual assault, demon catching, and death. In Veronica Roth’s sci-fi piece “Inertia,” Matt spends his last few minutes alive trying to convince his best friend that depression lies and she still has so much to live for, even without him. This collection really has something for everyone; from the traditional sappy lovefest to the tragic romance, and featuring such seemingly incompatible genres as magical realism, science fiction, fantasy, and even 80’s horror/gore which readers will pleased to know exists in romance form. Its rare to find an anthology with such wide appeal and no glaring outliers of poor quality, so this outstanding collection is a must-buy for all YA lovers with a little room left in their hearts for romance.

Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Romina, Russell            Zodiac.            New York: Razorbill, 2014.      ISBN 978-1-595-1474-0

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

CCB Spring Hours and General Information

Note: The CCB will be operating on reduced hours during finals week and winter break. Please see our calendar for more information. Our spring hours will be available shortly; please consult our website or follow us on Facebook for the latest information.

Monday: 9am-3pm
Tuesday: 9am-1pm
Wednesday: 3:30pm-7pm
Thursday: 10am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm

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