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CCB Newsletter
July/August 2012


In this Newsletter…


News and Updates

Staff Changes at the CCB

We’re excited to welcome our two new employees this August: Katie Boucher, who will be joining Anna Holland as a CCB Graduate Assistant, and Thaddeus Andracki, who will be taking over the CCB Outreach and Communications Coordinator position. Next time you’re in the CCB, help us welcome Katie and Thaddeus!  We’ve already said goodbye to our estimable CCB GA Laurel Halfar, who graduated in May and is already 300 miles in to her hike of the Appalachian Trail.  Lauren Chenevert, outgoing Outreach and Communications Coordinator, will be moving to Minnesota in August, finishing her last semester of GSLIS coursework via LEEP as she completes a practicum at the Hennepin County Library system. 



July/August Calendar

Monday, July 23: Library of the Early Mind film showing and discussion, 5:00-7:00pm
Join us in the CCB to watch and discuss this children’s literature documentary. 
Pizza will be served!  Please email ccboutreach@illinois.eduif you plan to attend. 

Be sure to check our website in August for fall CCB event date announcements, especially our Open House, Galley Giveaway, and first Youth Lit Book Club of the semester!

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


New Bibliography on the CCB Website

American Tall Tales: A Storyteller’s Bibliography
Created by CCB GA Anna Holland



Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Associate Professor Carol Tilley will be presenting a paper on the Folktales and Facets project with GSLIS Assistant Professor Kathryn La Barre in August at the 12th International ISKO (International Society for Knowledge Organization) Conference in Mysore, India.


Feature: Tap In Book Bloggers

This summer, scholars from the Tap In Leadership Academy have been visiting the Center for Children’s Books for a weekly book club.  As part of their six-week Summer Enrichment Program, Tap In scholars participate in learning activities related to the program’s emphases on literacy, cultural awareness, leadership, and service learning.  Based just across the street from the CCB at the McKinley Foundation, Tap In is a natural partner for our outreach mission here at the Center, and we’re happy to share our space and resources with them!

Already this summer, scholars have gotten a taste of the publishing world by surveying publisher’s galley proofs and examining critical reviews of some of their favorite books and series.  For their own summer reading, scholars chose books from the CCB’s collection and resources, and spend time reading, discussing, and relaxing in our quiet (air-conditioned!) space.  The CCB staff has been enjoying the quiet hum of activity when the scholars are visiting, getting a laugh when one Tap In scholar peeked at the Bulletin review pasted in his book, and promptly announced the review of Jack D. Ferraiolo’s Sidekick was “just about exactly right!”

As part of the book club, scholars are posting mini-book reviews on Tap In’s Book Blog throughout the summer.  Be sure to check out their work on the blog, and feel free to leave comments on the mini-reviews!

For more about Tap In Leadership Academy, see their website.


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.

Anna’s Choice: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Reading Level:  Gr. 9-12
Pages: 525
Publisher and Year: Tegen/HarperCollins, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-202404-6
Price: $17.99

Fans of the wildly popular Divergent, get ready for more adrenaline-packed twists and heavy action in this sequel that picks up immediately where the first installment left off. Divergent Tris and Tobias face foes from every direction. The five segregated factions have erupted into civil war, turning friends into enemies and eroding once-strong faction identities, all thanks to corrupt Erudite leader Jeanine.  In order to protect the release of a vital document, Jeanine brainwashes the masses in an attempt to wipe out all Divergent and opposition. The story is focused on Tris and her relationships, as well as her inner struggle to confront the haunting guilt and grief for her actions from Divergent. Tris and Tobias’ love reaches a testing point as Tris grows ever more self-destructive in her attempts to protect the ones she cares about. The characters’ near-fatal scrapes with death seem limitless, but the dramatic cliffhanger ending sets up a showdown for the final installment. 

Lauren’s Choice: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Reading Level: Gr. 7-10
Pages: 468
Publisher and Year: Simon, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4169-9067-3
Price: $16.99

Seventeen-year-old Taylor is spending the summer at her family’s lake house in the Pennsylvania mountains—except this summer is different, because her father’s just been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer and been told he has less than three months to live. The family previously summered in Lake Phoenix annually, but hadn’t made the trip in the last five years, thanks to the busy summer schedules of Taylor’s exceptional siblings.  Taylor hadn’t been to eager to return, either, considering last trip she sabotaged both her first summertime romance and her best lake friendship. Sure enough, Taylor finds Henry and Lucy are still Lake Phoenicians, and they haven’t exactly forgotten about Taylor’s transgressions.  But with time and effort, these hurt feelings heal, and soon enough things are almost like they used to be.  Except, of course, at home, where Taylor’s father’s health starts rapidly deteriorating and Taylor realizes how little time they have left together.  Pragmatically, even in the midst of her tragic family crisis, Taylor still cares quite a bit about what her peers think of her, and it’s only at her father’s very end that Taylor suddenly pulls away from her other relationships, causing hurt anew.  This is a beach read that satisfies, with a just-right dose of romance and family heartbreak.


Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Horning, Kathleen T. From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books.  Revised ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2010.

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


CCB Summer Hours and General Information

Note: Fall CCB hours will be announced in August.

Monday: 9am-1pm
Tuesday: 9am-1pm
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 9am-1pm
Friday: 9am-1pm

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