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CCB Newsletter

July/August 2017 

In this Newsletter…

  • News and Updates
  • Calendar
  • Our Affiliates Out and About
  • New Bibliography on the CCB Website: The Dog Days of Summer
  • New Books We Just Had to Read Thornhill and Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire
  • Highlighted Book from Our Wish List: Wild Robot


News and Updates 

Staff Changes at the CCB

The CCB will be welcoming our new graduate assistant Stacia McKeever this August. Stacia received her MFA in Painting from Indiana University in 2013 and her BFA in Painting from Western Illinois University in 2010. She has enjoyed teaching drawing, painting, and 2D design to students ranging in age from toddlers to adults. Over the last year, Stacia has worked in the high school library at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools where she has found that empowering students to become creative, curious, independent thinkers brings added meaning to her interests. Though research and self-directed learning began as the foundation for her artistic practice, they have grown into a passion for sharing the importance of lifelong learning with children. Come stop by the CCB this August to welcome her.

Our previous CCB staff members Anna Lapp and Lauren Gray have both graduated this May, and will be working as librarians soon. Anna Lapp has accepted a position as a Youth Services Librarian at Hudson Library and Historical Society in Hudson, Ohio. CCB GA Lauren Gray will be starting her job as a School Librarian at Sunset Ridge in Northfield, Illinois this August. We are sad for Anna and Lauren to go, but excited for the both of them as the move onto the next chapter of their lives.

Summer and Fall Hours

The CCB will continue to operate at reduced hours through the summer, with closures from July 3rd through July 7th due to staff travel. During Summer Interim (August 14th-25th), 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 28th. Please see the CCB website and Facebook pages for the most current scheduling information.


July/August Calendar

 Monday, June 26th: CCB hours change, see Summer Hours and General Information for more information

Monday, July 3rd-Friday July 7th: CCB Closed

Monday, August 14th: Fall Interim Begins

Monday, August 28th, Fall Semester Begins; CCB Fall Hours Take effect


Our Affiliates Out and About

 This June, Kate McDowell finished co-leading a 2 day retreat for Illinois Advancement at Allerton Park, where she covered the topics of storytelling and leadership. Later this summer she will be leading two more sessions on storytelling and advancement. She will also be working with the Business School and ACES to re-develop her Storytelling your Career Workshop for a broader professional audience, which has previously been shared with iSchool students. She will also be attending the National Storytelling Network conference in Kansas City from 6/29 to 7/2.

 In June, Dr. Deborah Stevenson attended ALA in Chicago to meet with possible future participants for the App Authors project. App Authors is moving into its second summer, partnering with the Douglass Branch of the Champaign Public Library. The project will continue until July 17th. Click here for more information about the ongoing App Authors project.

 The K-12 LIS licensure office hosted its 3rd Summer Getaway 2017: Professional Development for School Librarians on June 12, 13 and 14. Over 40 Illinois school librarians and iSchool MS students attended this unique professional development opportunity at The iSchool of Illinois. Led by school library professionals, each in-depth daily session focused on a single, high-demand topic. Authentic dialogue, collaboration, and active engagement of attendees was encouraged. To see a completion description of the event, visit the Summer Getaway 2017 website or view live tweets of the event via Twitter @iSchoolK12 or via Twitter hashtag, #SG17. iSchool Faculty/Staff played a pivotal role in conference success, from engagement with participants at lunch to closing presentations/workshops. Associate Professor Kate McDowell, Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director Nicole A. Cooke, and Graduate Studies Advisor, Karla Lucht facilitated individualized closing sessions for conference attendees. Two closing session recordings are accessible: Storytelling for School Library Leaders and Social Justice and Materials for Youth.  


New Bibliography on the CCB Website

Dog Days of Summer Created by Hannah Mueller 


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 ( to learn how to subscribe.

Hannah’s Review: Thornhill written and illustrated by Pam Smy

Reading Level: Gr. 5-8

Pages: [544p.]

Publisher and Year: Roaring Brook, 2017

Trade ed. ISBN: 978-1-62672-654-3

E-book ed. ISBN: 978-1-62672-653-6

Trade ed. price: $19.99

Ebook ed. price: $9.99 

Ella just moved to a new town, where she knows nobody and her busy father hardly has time for her. She can see the dilapidated Thornwood Institute, an orphanage for girls that has been long since abandoned, from her bedroom window. One day she sees a shadowy figure of a girl in one the windows, so Ella sets out to find and befriend the girl. Thornhill is an illuminated novel of two intertwined plots taking place in the past and present. Ella’s story takes place in the present and it is told only through illustrations, while Mary’s story takes place in 1982 and is told through diary entries. As both stories unfold, the dark past of Thornhill starts to surface. Thornhill is a haunting story; the intimate diary entries and the atmospheric illustrations set a suspenseful mood. Mary’s story is especially heart wrenching, as it explores the repercussions of a broken child protection system, and continued bullying by another orphaned girl. The two tales are woven into an emotional ghost story that will haunt readers well after the last page.

Lauren’s Review: Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville; illus. by Brigette Barrager

Reading Level: 5-8 yrs.

Pages: [42p]

Publisher and Year: Atheneum, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4814-6131-3

Price: $17.99

 Mary Blair was not a collector of things. As she journeyed from her “lemon-yellow” home on a red dirt road all the way to the gray and beige skies of Hollywood, she collected colors of every shade and hue. The first woman to work at Walt Disney Studios, Blair eagerly shared her dazzling sketches with an all-male audience of rule followers. In a world full of naysayers, Blair stuck to her guns and always saw the brilliance in the hues surrounding her. After Disney invited Blair on a South American adventure, her color vocabulary became richer than ever. Refusing to dull her sparkle, Mary Blair was a trailblazer of animation, illustration, and whimsical design. Her abstract and exuberant art in classics such as Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland still glisten today. Pocket Full of Colors concludes with the story of Blair’s imaginative contributions to the famous “It’s a Small World” ride. An author’s note elaborates on Blair’s inspiration, family, and career after Disney. From taupe to fuchsia to cerulean, this book celebrates Blair’s creative life and will inspire any young artist to find magic in each color of the rainbow.


Highlighted Book from Our Wish List 

Brown, Peter. Wild Robot. Hardcover ed. Little Brown Books, 2016. ISBN 978-0316381994.

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


CCB Summer Hours and General Information

Our summer hours changed Monday, June 26th

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 10am-1pm: 3-7pm

Wednesday: 3:30-7pm

Thursday: 10-5pm

Friday: CLOSED

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