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CCB Newsletter
May/June 2012


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News and Updates

Summer at the CCB

With spring semester winding down, we’re looking ahead to summer here at the CCB.  With a full slate of both on-campus and LEEP summer Youth Services courses offered by GSLIS, remember that we will have course reserve materials available.  Whether for work, research, or fun summer reading, our entire collection will be open for your on-site use!  Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering with us this summer, whether you’re interested in creating a themed bibliography, unpacking publishers’ shipments received by the Bulletin, or helping in the management of our collection by creating spine labels and pasting Bulletin reviews into new books.  We welcome your energy and enthusiasm, as we couldn’t keep the CCB humming without our volunteers!


May/June Calendar

Monday, May 7-Friday, May 11: Finals Week Hours
                        Monday: 10am-5pm
                        Tuesday: 10am-3pm
                        Wednesday: closed
                        Thursday: 10am-3pm
                        Friday: 10am-3pm

Monday, May 7-Tuesday, May 8 (or until galleys are gone): Galley Giveaway
During our open hours, drop by the CCB to get your hands on some free pre-publication versions of books for children and young adults!  We’ll send out an email with a rough count of galleys on Friday, May 4.  Come early on Monday for best selection!

Events take place at the CCB unless otherwise noted. For complete descriptions of events, visit the calendar on our website.


New Bibliographies on the CCB Website

English Tales
Created by CCB Volunteer Kelsey Bates

Books about Sports
Created by CCB GA Anna Holland


Our Affiliates Out and About

Congratulations to CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley, along with fellow GSLIS Assistant Professor Kathryn La Barre, on their article on the Folktales project, published in the April 2012 issue of JASIST (Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology). It touches on the CCB's storytelling collection, which was used as a test collection, and storytelling as practice.  To see the article abstract, see

CCB Director Deborah Stevenson, CCB Affiliate Dr. Kate McDowell, and GSLIS PhD student Mikki Smith will each present papers during a session entitled “Literature Negotiating Transition” at the Children’s Literature Association conference in Boston, June 15-17.  Deborah Stevenson will also appear on a review journal editor’s panel during the conference. 

Deborah Stevenson will be at ALA in Anaheim from June 21-25.  Stop by the GSLIS booth to speak with her and other GSLIS affiliates!


Feature: Youth Advocacy and the CCB

This academic year, we have been pleased to be part of the Mix IT Up! project at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS).  Mix IT Up! aims to develop youth advocacy librarianship, increase diversity within the profession, and build dynamic partnerships with community organizations.  To do so, the project strives to combine theory and practice by combining coursework and intentionally-structured field work, recruit and support ten scholars from underrepresented groups to train in youth services and community informatics, and reciprocate development though institutional-community collaborations.  The mission of the CCB, as a crossroads for critical inquiry, professional training, and educational outreach related to youth-focused librarianship, soundly complements the goals of Mix IT Up! project. 

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Dr. Kate McDowell, as part of the Mix IT Up! team, is working to integrate youth advocacy into coursework for current and future generations of library students.  Offered alternately on-campus and via LEEP, McDowell teaches a new GSLIS course called Youth Services Community Engagement, which explores how young people's information and educational needs are met by community institutions and organizations, as well as provide GSLIS students the opportunity to engage in service-learning projects that match students’ interests.  In the fall, McDowell’s class visited the CCB to examine board books for young people in light of class readings about literature and representation.  After reading "Through Their Eyes:  The Development of Self-Concept in Young African American Children through Board Books" by Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Elizabeth Koehler, the class examined recently published and positively-reviewed board books from the CCB collection to consider representation trends and omissions.  The class agreed that the exercise was extremely valuable in helping to make the ideas more concrete.  McDowell connects the exercise to youth development, saying, “Materials that represent the best of what has been published often do not represent the breadth of American experience, so that librarians must work diligently and creatively to find the resources that will help young people see themselves in the books they read." 

The community outreach efforts of the CCB have been positively impacted by support both interpersonal and financial offered by Mix IT Up!.  In its fourth year, the dedicated position of Outreach Coordinator is still a relatively new addition to the CCB staff, and the CCB continues to rearticulate and refine its outreach mission.  The current CCB Outreach Coordinator, Lauren Chenevert, values the support of her fellow Mix IT Up! students and faculty.  She says that working with the Mix IT Up! project has “pushed me, as Outreach Coordinator, to continually consider how to draw on the principles of youth advocacy” while doing outreach work, which has positively influenced the impact of the position.

Moreover, Mix IT Up has strengthened existing relationships between the CCB and community organizations.  For example, the CCB developed outreach programming with Tap In Leadership Academy, an after-school enrichment program in Champaign, during the 2010-2011 academic year.  Last summer, Tap In became an official community partner of the Mix IT Up! project.  As a result, this year, the CCB Outreach Coordinator has been able to draw on funding from Mix IT Up! for a special series of workshops with Tap In middle school students.  In the workshops, youth develop visual literacy skills in analyzing picture book illustrations and then create their own artwork and illustrations, with the resulting projects professionally printed and bound.  The project is due to wrap up in mid-May. “It’s been great to have the support of the Mix IT Up! team,” says Chenevert.  “Our weekly meetings have provided a forum for me to learn youth advocacy strategies from others at GSLIS, try implementing new ideas, and then sound off what maybe didn’t work out, but also share successes with the group and our community partners.” 

For more about Mix IT Up!, see the project’s blog at

Mix IT Up is funded by a $725,923 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) matched with $181,391 in nonfederal funds.  Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Rae-Anne Montague serves as PI of the grant. Funds enable GSLIS to recruit and educate 10 MS fellows.  Applications for Fall 2012 fellowships are currently being considered. 


New Books We Just Had to Read
Every month, the CCB 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.

Laurel’s Choice: The Wild Book by Margarita Engle
Reading Level:
Gr. 4-7
Publisher and Year:
Harcourt, 2012

Engle presents a novel in verse inspired by her grandmother’s childhood in rural Cuba in the 1900s. Fefa is diagnosed with “word-blindness,” now known as dyslexia, at the age of 11. The doctor pronounces that she will never be able to read or write. Fortunately, Fefa’s mother doesn’t accept the prognosis and instead provides Fefa with a blank diary. She encourages Fefa to be patient with herself and practice filling the pages with words each day. The poetic text provides a rich account of Fefa’s struggles and perseverance with her disorder, and provides insights into the unrest and lawlessness abound in the Cuban countryside. In the end, Fefa’s observant reading skills allow her to save her family from danger and become the surprising heroine. 

Anna’s Choice: More by I.C. Springman
Reading Level: 4-7 years
Pages: 36
Publisher and Year: Houghton, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-547-61083-2
Price: $16.99
More is a picture book with a powerful age-old message for the hoarder within us all. When a magpie, the owner of nothing in the world beyond a humble nest in a tree, receives a marble as a gift, the bird soon begins to desire more and more trinkets and quickly amasses a collection of cast-off objects and shiny trash. The friendly mouse that gave the marble to the magpie takes concern over the bird’s obsession and shouts “enough!” With the help of a team of eager mice, the magpie happily re-evaluates the many accumulated belongings and discovers that less is actually more. The colored pencil and acrylic artwork will surely capture young readers with the richness of detail, especially on object-layered pages, and the expressive characterization of the magpie and mouse. The spare text allows the pictures to carry the story, using the words merely to measure the magpie's excess (e.g. “A few,” “several,” “lots,” “plenty,” “enough?”)—perhaps reflecting, yet again, that less is truly more. 
Lauren’s Choice: My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve
 Reading Level: Gr. 6-10
Pages: 400
Publisher and Year: Dial, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3360-2
Price: $17.99

Growing up in 1930s Germany, ten-year-old Franziska Mangold hardly ever thought about her family’s Jewish heritage.  After all, she’d been raised Protestant, like her Mamu and Papa before her.  But things are heating up in Germany, and Ziska’s parents scheme to escape while saving for their passage out of the increasingly hostile country.  Then the Mangolds miss their chance to flee as a family, so with determination Mamu secures a spot for Ziska on the kindertransport in a last-ditch effort to ensure her daughter’s well-being.  As her resettlement begins, Ziska—now called Frances—tries to process her feelings of abandonment while simultaneously grasping for acceptance by her new Orthodox Jewish family, the Shepherds.  Knowing that she made it safely to England when best friend Bekka did not, Frances struggles with complex guilt as she builds her wartime life in England, anchored by her relationships with Mrs. Shepherd and adoptive brother Gary.  With a new name, a new cultural and religious identity, and a new family, Frances’ unique coming-of-age experience explores split loyalties of heart and mind. 


Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Weber, EdNah New Rider.  Rattlesnake Mesa: Stories from a Native American Childhood.  Lee & Low, 2004.  ISBN 978-1584302315. 

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


CCB Summer Hours and General Information

Summer hours begin Monday, May 14 and will be posted on our website when they become available. 

For more information about the CCB and our collection, please visit the About Us page on our website.

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