Columbia College Chicago

March 26, 2009

The Big Read & Fahreheit 451

Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" is a selection of The Big Read. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read provides the opportunity for communities across the nation to join together in reading a single book.

The Columbia College Chicago Library Presents
A month-long series of events, on and off campus, inspired by this year's Big Read Book:
Fahreheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

See the Big Read website for more information.

March 23, 2009

Esme Raji Codell, Featured Speaker at The Big Read Kick Off

Author, teacher, librarian and literacy advocate, Esme Raji Codell will be the featured speaker at The Big Read Kick Off which will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2009 from 6-8pm at Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor.

First famous for her bestselling tell-all diary of her first year of teaching in a Chicago Public School, Educating Esme, and her landmark resource guide, How to Get Your Child to Love Reading, Esme turned her talents to writing multicultural books for intermediate readers. Her novel Sahara Special has received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly, was a # 1 Booksense 76 pick and won the International Reading Association Children's Book Award for Intermediate Fiction.

She is the author of several other books for children that have earned praise and a strong and lively fan base: her childhood memoir Sing a Song of Tuna Fish is a perennial favorite for teaching children to journal, Diary of a Fairy Godmother is a fairy-tale tell-all that leads readers to make their own wishes come true, and Hanukkah Shmanukkah gives Dickens' classic a fresh twist. The anticipated companion novel to Sahara Special, titled Vive la Paris, was the first novel featuring an African-American protagonist to win a Sydney Taylor honor.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

The Big Read at Columbia College Chicago

Join Columbia College Chicago and the Library as we celebrate The Big Read on our campus. We will be featuring programming honoring Ray Bradbury and his classic work, Fahrenheit 451 from April 1 through May 15, 2009.

Fahrenheit 451, the seminal classic work by Illinois native Ray Bradbury, has been chosen to celebrate our first The Big Read effort. The themes of book burning, censorship and the threat to critical thought and inquiry are issues which resonate more than 50 years after its original publication. We honor Ray Bradbury for his contribution to literature and his unwavering support of reading and libraries all over the country.

The Columbia College Chicago Library is a proud recipient of funding from The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), in partnership with The Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest and is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read presents a unique opportunity for Columbia College Chicago to play a part in promoting literacy efforts in the state, particularly in the greater Chicagoland area.

Communities participating in our Big Read efforts include: Berwyn, Calumet City, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Cicero, East Chicago (Indiana), North Riverside and Waukegan. We join over 200 community partnerships across the country creating programming and distributing books of classic works, all towards the common goal of getting people to read.

Click here for more information about the The Big Read at Columbia College Chicago. Programs and events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

March 20, 2009

Manual Typewriters Needed!

photo by j.e.n.n.y.The Library needs both working and non-working MANUAL (non-electric) typewriters for an interactive performance in conjunction the Big Read.

The Typewriter event will take place in the 623 S. Wabash building event on May 1.

Typewriter loans and donations are welcome.

The Library can pick up and return if needed. Please respond ASAP if interested.

Thanks for keeping the arts alive in Chicago!

Contact Cole Robertson @ 312-369-7427 or

March 13, 2009

Edible Books & The Big Read - April 1st

It can look like a book, it can act like a book, it can be a pun on a book...
The only rule: it must be edible!

Artists with a culinary streak, chefs with artistic flair, and book lovers are invited to participate by whipping up an edible book for this event which takes place on Wednesday, April 1st at venues around the world. Prize categories: Most Likely To Be Burned, Most Likely To Be Devoured, Most Out Of This World, Most Likely To Be Made Into a Truffaut Film, Most Magical.

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s classic parable of literature under threat of destruction. Bradbury will be honored at this year’s Manifest celebration at Columbia College Chicago following the Library’s Big Read month-long programming in April and May focusing on Fahrenheit 451.

The Big Read at Columbia College Chicago features readings, panel discussions, book discussion group
gatherings, lectures by national authors, film screenings, demonstrations, and a number of other exciting and creative events held here at Columbia College Chicago, as well as throughout the Chicagoland area. Free copies of Fahrenheit 451 and supplementary materials such as Reader’s and Teachers Guides will be available at all Big Read events.

For more information, visit the library’s website.

RSVP for Bookmakers--Deadline: Friday, March 27th 2009 at 5 pm
book& or 312-369-6630

Registration form can be found at:
Information for bookmakers: Gina Ordaz 312-369-6630
Information for event: Opal Anderson 312-369-7027

Entries must be dropped off and set up on April 1st between 5:30-6 pm at the Columbia Library.

Admission $10 per person (free for bookmakers), $5 Friends of the Library. Tickets at the door, cash & check only. Proceeds benefit the Center for Book & Paper Arts’ Equipment Fund.

March 10, 2009

d.i.y. discussion on UNDERGROUND SOUND Wed., 3/11 from 6-8pm Library 3rd Floor.

Join us for a special d.i.y. discussion on UNDERGROUND SOUND Wednesday March 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 in the Columbia College Chicago Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave., 3rd floor.

Gain insights into setting up your own recording studio and running live sound events from independent sound artists.

The panelists are:

Robyn Gerry-Rose: a 2006 graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Live Sound. She is a freelancer who works mainly for Harpo Studios, best known for producing the Oprah Winfrey Show, and Technotrix, as well as other local live sound companies.

Erick Hildebrand: a studio engineer who worked with Dust Dog Music, has recorded many genres from classical to the Chicago Children’s Choir. He has worked with Charles Veal Jr., an arranger for Earth, Wind and Fire, and Cathy Richardson, currently with Jefferson Starship, as well as with many local underground bands.

Doug Lofstrom: a composer and bassist whose scores reflect his involvement in theater, dance, film and symphonic music. Lofstrom also formed The New Quartet, a chamber ensemble which performs his original music and arrangements of modern classics, jazz and world music, and was composer-in-residence for the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra and musical director of Chicago's Free Street Theatre before becoming a Columbia College Chicago Music Department faculty member.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information about d.i.y., please visit:

The 2nd Annual Library Haiku Contest

The 2nd Annual Library Haiku Contest celebrates Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 as part of The Big Read.

All current students are invited to submit up to three haiku exploring the themes relevant to Bradbury’s novel, including censorship, intellectual freedom, libraries, books, and reading.

A poetic form with its roots in Japanese culture, haiku combines form, content, and language in a meaningful, yet compact form. The most common form of haiku is three short lines, the first line containing 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, and the third line 5 syllables.

Please send all submissions via e-mail to by 9pm on Sunday, April 12th. The winning entry will be displayed in large print on the 3rd through 5th floor windows of the Library facing Michigan Avenue during Manifest Week and beyond.

March 9, 2009

An Evening of African Storytelling with Visiting Artist, Moussa Sene Absa (Senegal)

Senegalese filmmaker and Master Storyteller, Moussa Sene Absa will be presenting an evening of storytelling on Thursday, March 12th 2009, from 5-7pm in the Columbia College Chicago Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave., 3rd Floor east (new wing). Faculty are encouraged to send their students!

Moussa Sene Absa is one of the leading filmmakers of Senegal. He is an award-winning, internationally respected director who has made over 15 feature films and documentaries. His awards include the Silver Tanit at the Carthage Film Festival in 1988, for his directorial debut, Le Prix du Mensonge; the award for best photography at FESPACO in1997, for Tableau Ferraille; and both the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, and Special Jury Prize at the Paris Film Festival for Madame Brouette in 2003.

In addition to his career as a filmmaker, Moussa Sene Absa is also an actor, writer, musician, painter and Master Storyteller of his family/community in Senegal.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Mr. Sene Absa as he not only shares stories about his life in Senegal and West African culture, but also the importance of the oral tradition in African storytelling as history is passed down from one generation to the next.

Mr. Sene Absa is a Visiting Artist in the Film/Video Department at Columbia College Chicago. His visit is supported by funds from the Roberta Rubin Fund for Visiting Artists at Columbia College Chicago and a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

This program is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Film/Video Department and the Library