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CCB Newsletter

July/August 2016


In this Newsletter…

  • News and Updates
  • Calendar
  • New Bibliography on the CCB Website: Lies and Hidden Truth
  • New Books We Just Had to Read: Ghosts and Poor Little Guy
  • Highlighted Book from Our Wish List: From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books



News and Updates


Staff Changes at the CCB


The CCB is pleased to welcome two new staff members to Room 24 this August: Samantha Greenfield, who will be joining us as the new BCCB Graduate Assistant. Sam is an incoming student from Plattsmouth, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May with a degree in English and Digital Humanities. Her interests include digital humanities open source projects, youth services librarianship, and finding ways to combine the two to combat issues like digital divide in youth libraries. 


Hannah Mueller will be joining Lauren Gray as a CCB Graduate Assistant. Hannah is a recent graduate from Illinois State University, where she received her degree in English Studies with a focus in Children's Literature. As an undergrad, she was president of Illinois State University Quidditch. She took a year off school to work at a rural Illinois school in her hometown of Antioch, IL. She is an avid movie watcher, but her favorite genre is animated films. She believes that Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Hamlet are essential reads for everyone. If you’re in town this August, stop by the CCB and join us in greeting Hannah and Sam!


Our previous CCB GA, Michelle Biwer, graduated from GSLIS in May 2016 and has recently begun work as an Adult/Teen Services Librarian at the Urbana Regional Library in Frederick, Maryland as a part of the Frederick County Public Library System. We were sad to see Michelle go, but are incredibly thankful for all that she has done for the CCB.


Summer and Fall Hours


The CCB will continue to operate at reduced hours throughout the summer, with closures from August 1 through August 5 due to staff travel schedules. During Summer Interim (August 8-August 19), the CCB will operate at a slightly modified schedule, which will be announced shortly. Regular fall hours will resume at the start of fall classes on August 24. Please see the CCB website and Facebook page for the most current scheduling information.



Updated URL


In light of the name change from Graduate School of Library and Information Science to the School of Information Sciences (the iSchool at Illinois), the CCB and BCCB websites can now be found at new URLs.


            CCB Website:

            BCCB Website:



July/August Calendar


Tuesday, August 2 – Thursday, August 4: CCB Closed

The CCB will be closed for normal business during this time due to staff travel.


Monday, August 8: Fall Interim Begins


Monday, August 22: Fall Semester Begins; CCB Fall Hours Take Effect



New Bibliography on the CCB Website


Truth and Hidden Lies

Created by Maryjo Siergiej, iSchool Leep Student



New Books We Just Had to Read

Every month, the CCB and BCCB 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 ( learn how to subscribe.


Lauren’s Choice: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Reading Level: Gr. 4-6

Pages: [256p]

Publisher and Year: Graphix/Scholastic, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-545-54061-2

Price: $24.99


Telgemeier fans: brace yourselves, because Ghosts will take your breath away. Catrina’s family drags her away from her friends, her house, and her favorite burger joint to move to Bahía de la Luna, a dreary, cold, and salty coastal town. Maya, Catrina’s lively sister, has cystic fibrosis, and the fresh air in Bahía de la Luna will be good on her lungs and spirit. And speaking of spirits… the windy, ocean atmosphere is a magnet for ghosts, especially during the Harvest Festival. This graphic novel is structured month by month as Catrina cautiously begins to makes new friends and face her fears of the undead. Honest conversations, difficult family relationships, and a crush on the boy next door will enthrall middle school readers. These two sisters are lovable and adventurous, and their ties to each other solidify as they learn more about their Mexican heritage and their beliefs about life after death. Ghosts as a subject plus Telgemeier’s energetic and emotive artwork are sure to equal a book that will fly off the shelves. Buy many, many copies for your library.


Melissa’s Choice: Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen

Reading Level: 4-6 yrs

Pages: [208]

Publisher and Year: Dial, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-525-42825-1

Price: $16.99


A small yellow fish in oversized glasses anxiously swims past a marine creature many times his size and sighs with relief when he believes the anticipated danger has past. An arm covered in suckers snatches him backward into the enthusiastic grip of an octopus. To the discomfort and anger of the small fish, the octopus joyfully manhandles (fishhandles?) his new plaything before the cephalopod decides his new toy is cute enough to eat. PUFF! The small yellow pufferfish inflates. Swimming slowly away, the yellow fish leaves the eight-armed predator with a mouth covered in spikes. Though the joke may loose it’s appeal after the first read, children will be delighted to see justice served by the small, resilient little guy. Swirling backgrounds of muted greens, blues and greys evoke ocean currents, highlighting the golden yellow hue of the small puffer fish. The contrasting colors and large, elegant handwritten text will be much appreciated in a sea themed storytime.



Highlighted Book from Our Wish List


Horning, Kathleen T. From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books. New York: Collins, 2010. ISBN 0060777575.


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



CCB Summer Hours and General Information



Summer II, 5/16-7/8

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 3pm-7pm

Wednesday: 1pm-6pm

Thursday: 10am-3pm

Friday: Closed


Summer II, 7/11-7/29

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 9am-1pm

Wednesday: 1pm-6pm

Thursday: 10am-3pm

Friday: Closed


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