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CCB Newsletter

September/October 2019

In this Newsletter…

  • News and Updates
  • Calendar
  • Our Affiliates Out and About
  • Highlighted Book from Our Wish List:



News and Updates

Directorship Updates:

The CCB is pleased to welcome Sara Schwebel as our new director and as a professor of information sciences at the iSchool. Her research areas include children’s and young adult literature, history/social studies pedagogy, public history, and digital humanities. She is interested in exploring the way narratives of and about the past are presented in texts for youth and helping teachers, librarians, and parents use children’s literature to deepen critical approach to history.

Schwebel is author of Child-Sized History: Fictions of the Past in U.S. Classrooms (Vanderbilt UP, 2011); co-editor, with Jocelyn Van Tuyl (New College of Florida), of Dust off the Gold Medal: Rediscovering Children’s Literature at the Newbery Centennial (Routledge, forthcoming); editor of Island of the Blue Dolphins: The Complete Reader’s Edition (University of California Press, 2016); and editor of The Lone Woman and Last Indians Digital Archive, which has been honored with the Organization of American Historians’ Stanton-Horton Award (2019) and the American Studies Association’s Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities, Honorable Mention (2017).

Schwebel is co-founder and chair of the Carolina Children’s Literature Consortium. She co-chaired the 2014 Children’s Literature Association’s annual conference and served as a member of the Children’s Literature Association Board of Directors. She was previously a professor of English and women’s & gender studies at the University of South Carolina (USC). Prior to her academic career, she taught English and history to middle school students in Connecticut and Virginia. She earned a BA in history from Yale College and a PhD in the history of American civilization from Harvard University.

“The Center for Children’s Books has been a leader in bridging the divide between the ivory tower and community for more than half a century,” Schwebel said. “I look forward to building on its historic strength as a center of expertise on children’s books even as we expand outward to become an incubator for innovative research on children's literature, media, and information behavior, broadly conceived.”

Although stepping down from directorship of the CCB, Deborah Stevenson will continue her service as editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books and as an affiliate member of the iSchool faculty. We thank Deborah for her many years of leadership and vision for the CCB!


Staffing Updates:

The CCB is pleased to welcome Anna Elizabeth Mitchell as our newest Graduate Assistant. Anna Elizabeth is joining the CCB from Denver, Colorado, where she led programming for kids, families, and teens and was a staff trainer for Jefferson County Public Libraries. While growing up constantly on the move, she found strong libraries made new places feel like home. Passionate about culturally responsive library services with a trauma-informed lens, she believes every kid deserves to see themselves accurately represented in the books they read. Right now, she is reading The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey and All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson. 

Farewell to CCB Graduate Assistant Stacia McKeever. Stacia graduated from the iSchool in May and her last day at the CCB was in late July. She has moved to Philadelphia to pursue employment and her dream of a pop-up art library. We wish her the best and look forward to hearing about all the great things she will do!



September/October Calendar

Fall Galley Giveaways:

iSchool Preview Day: Monday, September 16 from 10:30 AM until 3:00 PM

Public Galley Giveaway: Tuesday, September 17 from 10:30 AM until 6:00 PM


Wednesday, September 18:  The Annual Open House from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM



Our Affiliates Out and About

 The ratings are in! Congratulations to Betty Bush, Karla Lucht, Rachel Magee, Ann Ohms, Kate Quealy-Gainer, and Carol Tilley for making the University’s List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students. Additionally, Bush received the highest ranking of “outstanding.” These ratings are compiled from student responses to course evaluations.

iSchool Associate Professor Carol Tilley spoke at the 2nd Annual Comics Studies Society (CSS) Conference held at Ryerson University in Toronto in late July. She presented “Librarians as Comics Advocates” and “We Are Sane, Normal, Fun-Loving Kids”: Young People Advocate for Comics.” Tilley was also honored with having a Society travel grant named after her (the Carol L. Tilley Travel Grant), in recognition of her work to support and make visible the contributions of women and non-binary comics scholars.

Tilley gave the keynote address at 6as Jornadas Internacionais De Histórias em Quadrinhos (6th International Comics Days) at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil in late August. Her talk was titled “The Comics Readers at the Center of Fredric Wertham’s Lies” and it centered the voices and experiences of three of the young people who Wertham used as evidence in his 1954 anti-comics polemic Seduction of the Innocent. While in São Paulo, she delivered a lecture for USP’s Department of Information and Culture (Departamento de Informação e Cultura) titled “The Past and Future of Comics in US Libraries” and met with the program’s faculty and staff.

On October 3, Tilley is presenting a webinar “Getting Started in Comics Reader’s Advisory” for the University of North Carolina – Greensboro’s IDEAL Learning Professional Development series. More information about that webinar is available here. Tilley was also featured in a recent episode about the moral panic around comic books for the podcast Pessimists Archive. The episode is available here.



Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Bruchac, Joseph. Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker’s Story. Hardcover. Albert Whitman & Company, 2018. ISBN: 978-0807500071

For more book selections or to donate this one to the CCB, please visit the CCB Amazon Wishlist.


CCB Fall Hours and General Information

Monday: 10am-3pm

Tuesday: 10am-6pm

Wednesday: 2pm-6pm

Thursday: 9am-6pm

Friday: 9am-2pm


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