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CCB Newsletter
May/June 2013


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News and Updates

Final Spring Galley Giveaway

The CCB will host its final Galley Giveaway of the academic year on Monday, May 6 from 10 am-5 pm, or until galleys are gone. Join us in room 24 of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science in order to get your hands on free pre-publication copies of books for children and young adults. We will send an email on Friday, May 3 to the CCB email list with an approximate number of galleys that will be available on Monday.

Finals Week and Summer Hours

The CCB will operate at reduced hours during finals week and the summer sessions. Please visit our calendar on our website for details about spring semester finals. Hours for Summer Session I (May 13-June 7) are available on the CCB website and in the information section of this newsletter. The schedule for Summer Session II is still under construction. Please keep your eyes peeled for details.


May/June Calendar

  • Monday, May 6: Galley Giveaway, 10 am-5 pm
    Stop in at the CCB to pick up free pre-publication copies of new books for kids and teens at our last Galley Giveaway of the academic year. Open during regular CCB hours until galleys are gone.

  • Monday, May 13: Summer Session I Begins

  • Monday, May 27: CCB Closed: Memorial Day

  • Monday, June 10: Summer Session II Begins

  • Monday, June 10: Miss Representation Screening, 6 pm
    Join us in the CCB for a screening and discussion of this documentary about mainstream media’s portrayal of women and its effects on girls. Snacks will be provided.

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

Contemporary Retellings of Mythologies
Created by Keri Carroll, CCB Volunteer

Girls Building Healthy Relationships
Created by Tad Andracki, CCB Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Storytelling Bibliography: The Big Bad Wolf and Other Wolves in Folklore
Created by Anna Holland, CCB GA


Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Director Deborah Stevenson will attend the ALA annual meeting in Chicago, including the preconference “A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal” on Friday, June 28, where she will co-host a breakout session on “Serving on the Caldecott Committee.”

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley will appear on WILL-AM’s “Focus 580” program on May 15 alongside Josh Elder of the organization Reading with Pictures to discuss comics, libraries, and education. Tilley’s blog post on Chicago Public Schools and Persepolis was published on the blog of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund recently, marking the beginning of an ongoing writing partnership on issues related to comics in libraries. She was also recently interviewed in a piece on ComicStoryworld about her research on Frederic Wertham.

Tilley will also have a chapter called “Comics in the Classroom: Using Comics in Language Arts Classrooms in the 1930s and 1940s” published in May in the book Graphic Novels in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Art, edited by Carrye Kay Syma and Robert G. Weiner and published by McFarland. Tilley will also headline a program at the ALA annual conference in June called “Busting the Comics Code: Comics, Censorship, and Librarians.”

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Associate Professor Christine Jenkins will attend the ALA annual conference in Chicago, including the Caldecott Medal 75th anniversary preconference on June 28, for which she will lead “The Caldecott Medal and Social Issues,” a breakout session.


Feature: Summer at the CCB

As spring semester winds down, we’re happy to look back on the great things that have been going on at the CCB. Our annual book sale was a huge success, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our graduate assistants. We’ve begun a new partnership with the Odyssey Project, a program at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities that offers free, accredited college courses for low-income community members, providing workshops on writing and illustration for the child care offered during the program. We’ve also recently celebrated the Annual GSLIS Storytelling Festival. If you missed the festival (or if you were there and would like to relive some of your favorites), audio for this year’s festival is now available on the CCB website. Video highlights will be arriving this summer.

We’re also excited for what lies ahead this summer for the CCB. CCB hours for Summer Session I (which runs May 17 through June 7) are now available at the bottom of this email, and information about Summer Session II should be arriving soon. Remember that, as always, for all of your youth services courses this summer, we’ll likely have your course materials on reserve, so come visit us for your class reading—or reading for pleasure! Also this summer, CCB Director and BCCB Editor Deborah Stevenson and BCCB Assistant Editor Kate Quealy-Gainer will be teaching a GSLIS course this summer on Reviewing Children’s Literature. Be sure to take a look if you’re interested in this topic. And finally, if you find yourself with a few extra hours this summer, consider volunteering for the CCB. We always need help shelving, maintaining the collection, and creating bibliographies. We couldn’t keep running without our amazing team of volunteers. Please contact us at if you’re interested in volunteering.


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: This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Reading Level: Gr. 7-10
Pages: 407
Publisher and Year: Poppy/Little, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-316-21282-3
Price: $17.99

Graham Larkin and Ellie O’Neill wouldn’t normally meet. Graham is only the hottest teen heartthrob on the silver screen, while Ellie lives quietly, spending her summer working extra hours at an ice cream shop and selling lobster frames to tourists in her mother’s eclectic gift shop to pay for a poetry seminar at Harvard. That is not to mention that they live on opposite coasts. But when a misaddressed email arrives in Ellie’s inbox, she responds on a whim and a delightful correspondence ensues. The plot here will not surprise fans of the film You Got Mail or The Shop Around the Corner. When Graham learns that Ellie’s hometown is Henley, Maine he arranges for Henley to be the location of his next film, allowing them to finally meet. Ellie has a secret identity of her own, however, that creates unexpected troubles to an otherwise happy, witty romance. Smith’s lighthearted love story is sure to leave you smiling and wishing for summer!

Katie’s Choice: Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes
Reading Level: Gr. 5-9
Pages: 213
Publisher and Year: Candlewick, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6037-6
Price: $15.99

Under the menacing cover of night, thirteen-year-old Paolo rides his bicycle through the streets of Nazi-occupied Florence in 1944 to escape the restrictive tedium of his home life in exchange for the thrill and possibility of adventure. Ever since his father Babbo, a widely known Partisan, left home to support the Allied cause, Paolo’s English-born mother Rosemary has desperately tried to distill the suspicion surrounding their family, while his seventeen-year-old sister Constanza attempts to drown out the realities of Florence’s escalating discontent by listening to records. When Rosemary is pressured into hiding two escaped prisoners-of-war attempting to reunite with their Allied companies, Paolo, fancying himself a hero and a rebel, offers to lead the men through the heavily soldiered city.  What ensues is an adventure more dangerous and grimthan even Paolo could have imagined.  Hughes aptly captures the increasing tensions and inevitable clash between the Fascist regime and the burgeoning Partisan resistance in Florence, packing action, suspense, and even moments of romance into this short coming-of-age tale. Painting an accurate picture of the perils of World War II, Hero on a Bicycle strikes an essential balance between the realities of wartime cruelty and violence and the sensitivity and satisfying conclusions appropriate for its target audience.

Tad’s Choice: White Lines by Jennifer Banash
Reading Level: Gr. 9-12
Pages: 304
Publisher and Year: Putnam, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-399-25788-9
Price: $17.99

Seventeen-year-old Cat is club kid royalty. Near the top of the heap in the ’80s house scene in New York, she works the lines outside the clubs, gets VIP access from all of the party hosts, and dances all night long fueled by the white lines of cocaine she does with her friends. But when she leaves, she stumbles back to an apartment downtown, desperately lonely ever since the state decided she couldn’t stay with her abusive mother and her father decided he didn’t want to take care of her. Now Cat just tries to make it through the day mostly numb, shrugging off the concern of her friend Sara and alternately falling for and avoiding the cute new guy at school. Things come to a head, though, when her day- and nightlives collide and debutante Alexa (a glimpse into the life Cat almost had with her social-climbing mother) arrives on the club scene, throwing lavish parties that reveal to Cat’s friends the consequences of her self-absorbed, drug-dependent survival strategies. Unapologetically gritty, Banash’s novel is punctuated alternately by the hazy giddiness of the club-goers and painful vignettes of Cat’s remembered life—a (ultimately hopeful) portrait of a girl who’s been devastated by life and can’t help but hurting others in her attempts to survive.


Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Law, Ingrid. Scumble. New York: Dial, 2010. ISBN 978-0803733077.

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


CCB Fall Hours and General Information

Spring Semester

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

Summer Session I (May 17-June 7)

  • Monday: 10am-3pm
  • Tuesday: 10am-3pm
  • Wednesday: 1pm-6pm
  • Thursday: 10am-3pm
  • Friday: closed

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