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CCB Newsletter
October 2012


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News and Updates

CCB Co-Sponsors Youth Literature Festival

The Center for Education in Small Urban Communities in the College of Education at UIUC is organizing their biannual Youth Literature Festival, culminating in a Community Day on Saturday, October 6 at the iHotel and Conference Center. Multiple well-known children’s authors will be making presentations and signing books, and there will be multiple units with interactive activity tables, including the CCB. Come help us create a community tree by adding a leaf with your favorite story, and then make a bookmark to take home! The CCB also has a new bibliography and display featuring books by the authors who will be at the festival. For more information about the festival and to see a list of authors, visit



October Calendar

  • Thursday, October 4-Monday, October 8: CCB Closed, LEEP Weekend
    The CCB will be used as classroom space during LEEP weekend and will be closed to the public. We apologize for any inconveniences.

  • Saturday, October 6: Youth Literature Festival Community Day, 10 am-3 pm
    This event will be held at the iHotel and Conference Center.

  • Monday, October 15: CCB & GSLIS Connections Showing of Waiting for Superman, 7 pm
    Pizza will be provided. Please email if you plan to attend.

  • Wednesday, October 24: Youth Lit Book Club, 5-6 pm
    Discussing Every Day by David Levithan.

  • Thursday, October 25: CCB Co-Sponsors the Inclusions & Exclusions Reading Group, 12 pm
    The CCB Brown Bag series will join the I&E Reading Group during their lunchtime meeting to talk about digital inclusion and youth advocacy in Room 341 of GSLIS. For more information, visit

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

Youth Literature Festival 2012
Annotated by Tad Andracki, CCB Outreach & Communications Coordinator

Battle Against Bullying
Created and Annotated by Katie Boucher, CCB GA



Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Director and BCCB Editor Deborah Stevenson will delivering the plenary lecture at the Eastern Illinois University 23rd Annual Literature Conference, “The Child and Literature” on October 26 in Charleston, IL. Her lecture will be titled “‘Myself and Yet Not Quite Myself’: The Aspirational Child in Literature.”

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley has a chapter in the forthcoming anthology, The Routledge International Handbook on Children, Adolescences, and Media, edited by Dafna Lemish. Her chapter is called “Children’s Print Culture: Tradition and Innovation.”

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Kate McDowell has recently published a number of exciting works. McDowell has an article in the Summer/Fall 2012 issue of Children and Libraries, the journal of the ALSC, called “Oh the Places We’ve Been!: The Roots of Evaluation in Youth Services, 1882-1930.” She also has a chapter called “Evolution in Children’s Science Books, 1882-1922”in the new book Science in Print: Essays on the History of Science and the Culture of Print, edited by Rima D. Apple, Gregory J. Downey, and Stephen L. Vaughn and published by the University of Wisconsin Press. In addition, McDowell has a response to the question “Most of my librarians have been white females. How can they help me as a young Black man?” in Kafi Kumasi’s self-published collection “Ask Your Librarian: Letters to Youth.”

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS K-12 Certification Coordinator Georgann Burch will be attending the American Association of School Librarian’s Fall Forum, “Transliteracy and the School Library Program,” October 12-13 in Greenville, SC.

CCB Affiliates Betty Bush (GSLIS Adjunct Lecturer) and Georgeann Burch will present “Here Comes the Core!: Implications for the Nonfiction Collection” at the Illinois School Library Media Association Fall Conference, October 19 in St. Charles, IL.



Feature: New Youth Services Certificate at GSLIS

Students at GSLIS who are interested in working in youth services, particularly in a public library setting, now have a new option to enhance their professional preparation: a Certificate in Youth Services. GSLIS has been top-ranked in programs for youth services librarianship by U.S. News and World Report, in addition to the top rank in library and information science overall. The certificate allows students who opt to focus on youth services a means to document their preparation in the knowledge and skills required of twenty-first century information professionals. Zoe Weinstein, a current GSLIS Youth Services student and CCB volunteer says, “I am extremely pleased that GSLIS finally has a certificate in its top program. The number of people I’ve met who are interested in youth services shows that it is a program that not only has a high volume of study but also displays a growing interest in the preservation of libraries by encouraging young people to keep coming back.”

The certificate requires 12 credits of coursework in youth-related topics, with 4 of those credit hours being the required course LIS 506: Youth Services Librarianship, an overview that develops a user-centered approach to youth advocacy, literacy, and other topics of concern to professionals who serve youth. The other 8 credit hours of coursework can be chosen by the student to tailor to their interests and work expectations. According to Christine Jenkins, CCB affiliate, GSLIS associate professor, and program coordinator for the certificate, “One of the strengths of the program is 506: To have the program start out with people interested in school libraries and public libraries, working together, seeing what they’re interested in, what they’re trying to do—it really provides a foundation for all to see a larger world of youth services.”

The certificate also requires the completion of a practicum (LIS 591, a two-credit course) in addition to the 12 credits of coursework. During this practicum, students must complete 100 hours of supervised professional experience in a public library youth services setting. Practica give students the opportunities to experience hands-on work in the field and provide means for students to learn from seasoned professionals. Says GSLIS alum and youth services librarian Melanie Lyttle of her practicum with University Laboratory High School librarian Frances Harris, “I learned so much from Frances. She is the one who really allowed me to pursue my interest in how children and teenagers use technology. She is also a model for how to successfully work with high school students.”

It is the combination of theory and practice that Jenkins believes makes the certificate so useful. “It’s not that the combination wasn’t happening before—it’s making it more obvious for future employers. The students aren’t doing that much different. But the certificate makes it more formalized.”

Requirements for admission to the certificate program are the same as the MS degree admission requirements. A short application form available online is required. Current GSLIS students interested in youth services are encouraged to apply. GSLIS alums who graduated in May or August 2012 and who completed all of the certification requirements are also eligible to receive the certificate. The certificate is also available to people with a pre-existing MS in LIS from any ALA-accredited institution who wish to complete the course requirements at GSLIS.



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: Survive by Alex Morel
Reading Level:  Gr. 7-12
Pages: 259
Publisher and Year: Razorbill, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59514-510-9
Price: $17.99

Jane Solis is a planner. She might not have planned the “incident” that landed her at Life House nearly a year ago, but she isn’t about to let life get wildly out of control again. This time, she knows exactly what’s ahead of her, down to the precise moment: a plane ride, a toxic combination of pills, and a destination into oblivion. It’s taken every effort to dupe the Old Doctor and rack up enough points at the institution to earn Jane a flight home for Christmas, which non-coincidentally marks the eve of her father’s suicide and aligns with her plan to share his fate. In a radical twist of irony, however, the airplane steers north over the wilderness out of the path of an oncoming storm, hits turbulence, and spirals into an icy mountaintop. Only Jane and a boy named Paul survive. Knowing that her survival is now directly linked to Paul’s, Jane discovers reawakened hope and a will to fight. As they struggle toward rescue, Paul and Jane form a rocky but intense emotional bond. Their new relationship transforms Jane. Loss and grief defined her. Love changed her mind. This time she’s fighting not to die but to love someone the treacherous elements nearly promise she is guaranteed to lose.

Katie’s Choice: False Memory by Dan Krokos
Reading Level:  Gr. 7-10
Pages: 327
Publisher and Year: Hyperion, 2012
ISBN: 978-2-4231-4976-7
Price: $17.99

Miranda has no idea who she is or why she is alone in a Cleveland mall surrounded by people being driven mad with fear. Approached by a boy named Peter who informs her that she is a member of a team of teenagers genetically altered to emit waves of panic inducing psychic energy, Miranda must take a risk and believe that he is telling the truth and holds some clues to her identity. Miranda has to trust Peter and help him find the other members of their team, Olive and Noah, who have inexplicably abandoned them. Learning that Noah was once her boyfriend, Miranda struggles with the returning memories from her past and her burgeoning feelings for Peter. At risk of being sold to a dangerous client and forced to hurt innocent people, Miranda and her team must find a way to reunite and free themselves from their creators, while learning that clones of themselves exist and the threat of being used as weapons is greater than they ever imagined. False Memory is the first chapter of Miranda’s enthralling journey to defend the ones she loves and uncover her true identity.

Tad’s Choice: The Diviners by Libba Bray
Reading Level: Gr. 8-12
Pages: 578
Publisher and Year: Little, Brown, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-316-12611-3
Price: $19.99

When Evie O’Neil gets to be too much for her 1926 Ohio small town to handle, she welcomes her parents’ suggestion to stay with her uncle in New York City. The seventeen-year-old flapper dreams of being caught up in the glitz and glamour of Harlem speakeasies and Ziegfield revues, but ends up assisting her uncle in his dusty Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. There’s one thing she hasn’t told him, though: she’s a clairvoyant and can read histories and memories from personal objects. When a series of murders eerily similar to ones that occurred fifty years ago starts ripping through the city, Evie and her newfound friends suspect that something not quite normal is happening. Evie, Uncle Will, and the museum’s assistants must learn to trust their guts and Evie’s powers (as well as their own secrets) to find and catch the supernatural killer. Bray’s writing is disturbingly beautiful and beautifully disturbing, and several loose ends will leave readers hooked for the next installments in the series.



Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Winter, Jeanette. Josefina. Boston: Harcourt, 1996.

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


CCB Fall Hours and General Information

Note: The CCB will be closed on October 4-8 due to LEEP weekend. We apologize for any inconveniences.

  • Monday: 10am-5pm
  • Tuesday: 10am-7pm
  • Wednesday: 4pm-7pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-5pm

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