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CCB Newsletter

July/August 2018

In this Newsletter…

  • News and Updates
  • Calendar
  • Our Affiliates Out and About
  • New Spotlight Bibliography on the CCB Website: The Legacy of Mary Shelley and Her Monster 200 Years Later
  • A New Book We Just Had to Read: Giraffe Problems
  • 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, Adam McConville who will be joining us as the new BCCB Graduate Assistant, and Elora Agsten who will join us as a CCB Graduate Assistant.

Adam McConville is an incoming student from Greensburg, Pennsylvania who recently graduated from Ohio University with dual degrees in journalism and French. During his undergraduate study, he worked as the publisher and managing editor of Backdrop magazine, a student publication covering Ohio University and the surrounding community, and was the president of his campus’s chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance. His interests include public libraries, children’s and YA literature, and media-based community building.

Elora Agsten received her BA in Art History and Classical Language from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, in 2015. While there, she worked as an assistant to the Visual Resources Library and assisted in a multi-year digitization project of the College's art slide collection. It was during the many hours of digital imaging and metadata gathering that she first became interested in Library and Information Science. For the past three years, Elora has worked as a Youth Services Associate at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. At Heights Libraries, Elora led programs ranging from storytime to slime making, and assisted children and adults with reference and reader's advisory services. Her professional interests include diversity and representation in children's literature, digital libraries (particularly of museum collections), and maintaining and creating accessible resources, spaces, and programs for all. 

Our previous staff members Samantha Greenfield and Hannah Mueller have both finished their coursework with the iSchool. Samantha Greenfield graduated in May and has accepted a position as a Library Specialist at the South Omaha Branch of the Omaha Public Library in Omaha, NE.  CCB GA Hannah Mueller will begin student teaching in August at Vernon Hills High School in Vernon Hills, IL and Harrison Elementary School in Wonder Lake, IL. We will miss Sam and Hannah, but are excited for them both and wish them the best in their new endeavors!

Summer Getaway 2018
Register now for Summer Getaway 2018! SG18 will be held July 12-14, and attendees can choose to attend 1, 2, or 3 full days. Visit the conference website to view this year’s sessions and to complete the registration process. Please note: the Friday, July 13 session is almost full. Register now to reserve your spot! Brain food (breakfast and lunch) is included in the cost of registration. You won't want to miss out on this unique professional development opportunity!

MIND THE GAPS! The Futures of the Field
The 1st Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society (CSS), MIND THE GAPS! The Futures of the Field, will be held August 9th-11th, at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This inaugural conference of the Comics Studies Society seeks to bring together scholars, artists, and other members of the international Comics Studies community for critical conversations about the futures of the field, in all its multidisciplinary and transcultural formations. Thursday the 9th will be a community day with sessions and other special activities open to the public at no cost. To learn more visit the CSS website and their event page. Registration information can be found here.

Summer and Fall Hours
The CCB will continue to operate at reduced hours through the summer, with a closure on July 4th for Independence Day. During Summer Interim (July 29th-August 26th), the CCB will operate at a slightly modified schedule, which can be found below in the CCB Summer and General Information section. Regular fall hours will resume at the start of fall classes on August 27th. Please see the CCB website and Facebook pages for the most current scheduling information.


July/August Calendar 

Monday, July 4th: CCB Closed
Monday, July 29th: Summer Interim Begins, see Summer Hours and General Information for more information
Monday, August 27th, Fall Semester Begins; CCB Fall Hours Take effect


Our Affiliates Out and About

On June 22nd Dr. Kate McDowell was a panelist for the External Review Panel training for the Committee on Accreditation during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

McDowell will present “Tell Me About Yourself”: Communicating Your Strengths through Storytelling with Jerome Ng, Career and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, at the MWACE-Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers on July 23rd.

McDowell will lead a workshop “Storytelling Your Career” at the National Storytelling Network annual summit in Kansas City, MO on July 28th.

On June 2nd, Dr. Carol Tilley moderated a panel discussion at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) featuring legendary comic artists Nicole Hollander, Mimi Pond, and Jim Woodrig. 

Tilley was interviewed for the article, “Unlimited Engagement: Helping Teen Readers by Giving Up the Struggle”, which was featured in School Library Journal 64, no 6. (2018). 

Tilley’s keynote address from the 2017 NASIG Conference, “The Secret Life of Comics: Socializing and Seriality” has been published in The Serials Librarian.

Tilley was also recently included in the Women’s Media Center SheSource database of women’s experts.

Tilley will be a keynote speaker at the Marantz Picture Book Symposium, hosted by The School of Information Science at Kent State University, which will take place August 5th to 7th. The theme this year is “Comics and the Narrative: The Future of the Movement” and her talk is titled “Comics and Young Readers: Back to the Future”.

In August Tilley, President of the Comics Studies Society (CSS), will host the inaugural conference for CSS “Mind the Gaps! The Futures of the Field,” which will be held August 9th to 11th at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and co-sponsored by The Center for Children’s Books.


New Spotlight Bibliography on the CCB Website

The Legacy of Mary Shelley and Her Monster 200 Years Later
Selected and annotated by Stacia McKeever


A New Book 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: Giraffe Problems written by Jory John and illustrated by Lane Smith

Reading Level: 4-8 yrs
Pages: [32p.]
Publisher and Year: Random House, 2018
Trade ed. ISBN: 978-1-5247-7203-1
E-book ed. ISBN:  978-1-5247-7205-5
Trade ed. price: $17.99
Ebook ed. price: $10.99

Jory John and Lane Smith return with a new animal with a new set of problems. Edward the giraffe really does not like his very long neck. His neck is simply “too necky” and it doesn’t help that everybody stares at it. Edward has tried everything to hide his long bendy neck: he’s dressed it up with ties, and he’s tried hiding it behind shrubs or trees and even underwater. He’s jealous of other animals’ necks, like the lion’s glorious mane, or the zebra’s classic stripes. It isn’t until Edward’s neck comes to the rescue when he retrieves a banana for his new friend Cyrus the Turtle that he realizes his too long, too bendy, and too necky neck can actually come in handy. Edward and Cyrus are not only filled with angst but also entertainingly funny. Smith’s earth-toned texturized illustrations capture the lively African savannah where Edward and Cyrus live. This picture book is sure to delight all readers, even those without troublesome necks.


Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Horning, Kathleen T. From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books. Paperback ed. HarperCollins, 2010. ISBN 978-0060777579.

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


CCB Summer and General Information

Summer II (through July 28)
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 8am-5pm
Wednesday: 2pm-7pm
Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: CLOSED

Summer Interim (July 29–August 25)
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 8am-2pm
Wednesday: 2pm-7pm
Thursday: 8am-1pm
Friday: CLOSED

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