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CCB Newsletter

September/October 2016


In this Newsletter…

  • News and Updates
  • Calendar
  • New Bibliography on the CCB Website: Let’s Fall in Love by iSchool alumna Quinn Stitt
  • Our Affiliates Out and About
  • New Books We Just Had to Read: Ugly and Geis: A Matter of Life & Death
  • Highlighted Book from Our Wish List: The Magic Hat by Mem Fox



News and Updates


The CCB will have a presence at the upcoming iSchool Research Showcase on Monday, October 24. Mark your calendars and stop by Illini Union, Ballrooms A and B 1401 West Green Street, Urbana to learn more about our continuing App Authors project and ongoing research opportunities at the CCB.



September/October Calendar


Monday, September 5: The CCB will be closed for Labor Day.


Tuesday, September 20: CCB Open House 5:00-6:30 pm.


Thursday, October 6: Brown Bag: The Insider’s Guide to Youth Services 11am-12pm.



New Bibliography on the CCB Website


Let’s Fall In Love

Created by Quinn Stitt, iSchool alumna



Our Affiliates Out and About


Kate McDowell will be presenting on “Telling the Illinois Story: Storytelling Thinking in Action” at the Advancement Boot Camp session on 8/25. This is another in my series of storytelling workshops for campus-level Advancement, under the leadership of Elizabeth McGreal Cook, who works for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement. This is the third year that Kate has been serving as our campus-level consultant for storytelling in this area.


Carol Tilley will be speaking on Saturday, September 24 at the Wonder Woman Symposium. Her talk is titled “By Sappho’s Stylus: Reading Wonder Woman with Wertham.” Please see her abstract below:


In his now-infamous 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham opined that a child's exposure to Wonder Woman and other strong female characters might encourage non-normative understandings about gender and sexuality. Simply put, boys might grow to fear women and girls might grow to become lesbians. This talk will explore Wertham's arguments about Wonder Woman, drawing on some of the records he used to write Seduction, together with other then-contemporary expert opinion on Wonder Woman, information about comics readers, and other archival sources.


On Thursday, October 7, Carol Tilley will be talking at the National Archives. She will discuss her research in the records of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Special Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency and her book project, Children, Comics, and Print Culture: A Cultural History of Comics Reading in the Mid-Twentieth Century.


CCB GA Lauren Gray and previous BCCB GA Melissa Albarran will be co-presenting at the 2016 ISLMA conference on Saturday, November 5. Their presentation is titled “Foundations of Tech Thinking: Design Collaboration in K-12 Classrooms” and will equip school librarians with the tools to engage students in rapid prototyping, idea development processes, and constructive collaboration.



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 Review: Ugly by Robert Hoge

Reading Level: Gr. 4-7

Pages: [208p]

Publisher and Year: Viking, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-425-28775-0

Price: $16.99


“Imagine you’re in art class. The teacher drops a lump of wet, sticky clay on the bench in front of you.” Well, it turns out that this lump of clay is your face, which is squashed and spread in all the wrong places. Following the transformation of this homely lump of clay, Robert Hoge shares his story through a handful of anecdotal experiences. Born with a tumor and a disfigured lower body, Hoge’s parents fought their hardest to give Robert a “normal” life. As a kid growing up in Australia, Hoge was more than the ugliest kid in school—he was a medical experiment, constantly placed under the glare of surgical lights and anesthesia. Facing classic kid struggles (participating in P.E., making friends, and learning to flirt) is always awkward, but it takes tremendous resilience to grow up with a lumpy face and prosthetic legs. Standing up to bullies, finding companionship, and participating in team sports are all topics of concern, but more notably, Hoge shows readers that everyone is a little bit uglier than they might think... and maybe a bit prettier too.   More authentic and frank than Palacio’s popular Wonder, Ugly will show middle grade readers that sometimes fitting in isn’t as important as standing out.


Hannah’s Choice: Geis: A Matter of Life and Death by Alexis Deacon

Reading Level: Gr. 7-10

Pages: 81

ISBN: 978-1-910620-03-8

Price: $18.95


A great chief has died, and in her wake she has left no heir. A contest will be held in order to find someone who is destined to take her place. Many have entered the contest to become the new chief. This may be a decision they ultimately regret, as only one of the fifty competitors will come out alive. Choices are made early on during the first test. Some decide to attempt to destroy their competition in their quest for power. While many others chose to help each other in their times of need. Our protagonist, a young girl from a noble family, will be sequestered with this choice throughout the anticipated trilogy. The world that Geis unfolds in is alive and diverse, feeling complex and real without bogging the reader down with exposition. This world is not only authentic, but seemingly on the catalyst of change. This overbearing feeling of uncertainty is expressed through the illustrations of this graphic novel, which are blurry and muted. Even the frames of each panel is not quite straight, the lines shaky as if they were hand drawn. This marriage of text and words makes Geis a fantastic representation of the graphic novel format done right. This tale of life or death is a fast paced adventure that will leave readers clamoring for more.



Highlighted Book from Our Wish List


Mem, Fox. The Magic Hat. San Diego: Harcourt, 2002. ISBN 9780152057152.


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



CCB Fall Hours and General Information


Monday 12pm-7pm

Tuesday 10am-5pm

Wednesday 2pm-7pm

Thursday 9am-1pm; 4pm-7pm

Friday 10am-5pm


The CCB will be closed on Monday, September 5th for Labor Day. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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