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CCB Newsletter
September 2013


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News and Updates

Greetings from the New Faces at the CCB

We’d like to take a moment to introduce the two newest staff members in the CCB for the upcoming year. Alice Mitchell is a first-year GSLIS student and the new CCB GA alongside Katie Boucher. Alice is from Northbrook, Illinois, and graduated from Beloit College with a BA in History and Women’s and Gender Studies. At GSLIS, she looks forward to studying youth services and working diligently at the CCB. Kim Naples joins room 24 as the new Bulletin GA. Kim is from Warwick, New York and got her BA in English from Fordham University in New York City. After realizing that the publishing industry in NYC wasn't for her, she decided to pursue a career in librarianship. She's not sure what she wants to do with her MLIS yet, but she likes interacting with people and promoting self-education. We’re so excited to have both of them here with us and invite you to join us in welcoming them to the CCB!

CCB Annual Open House

You are cordially invited to join us for the CCB’s annual Open House on Tuesday, September 17 at 5 pm. During the Open House, you will be able to get an overview of the center and its staff, as well as meet and mingle with GSLIS youth services faculty. This event also serves as the first Galley Giveaway of the school year, so come on in to get some free pre-publication copies of books for kids and teens. We’ll also have Curtis Orchard cider and doughnuts for you to munch on…we hope to see you there.

Orientation to the Revised K-12 LIS Program

This meeting is required for all students admitted to the K-12 LIS Licensure Program in Spring, Summer or Fall 2013. In addition, all licensure (formerly “certification”) students are invited to attend to learn about the revised program requirements and new ISBE language.  This meeting will be led by Georgeann Burch, K-12 Program Coordinator. Please let Georgeann know if you cannot attend either session (gburch [at] Sessions will be held at noon-1 pm on Thursday, September 5 in an Elluminate Meeting Room (link to come), or noon-1 pm on Friday, September 6 in the CCB. Feel free to bring lunch to either session.



September Calendar

  • Monday, September 2: CCB Closed—Labor Day

  • Thursday, September 12: CCB Brown Bag: “An Insiders’ Guide to Youth Services at GSLIS,” 12 noon
    A panel of current GSLIS youth services students—Amy Atkinson, Katie Boucher, and Tad Andracki—will give peers the scoop on how to manage the youth services concentration.
    This Brown Bag will also be available online through Elluminate at this link.

  • Tuesday, September 17: CCB Open House and Galley Giveaway, 5-7 pm

  • Wednesday, September 18: Youth Lit Book Club, 5-6 pm
    Reading Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

  • Sunday, September 22-Saturday, September 28: Banned Books Week

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

Full Steam(punk) Ahead!
Created by Keri Carroll, CCB Volunteer

Libraries in Literature
Created by Natalie Molnar, CCB Volunteer



Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley presented on a panel called “Reader/Writer/Disseminator: Geographies of the Communications Circuit” alongside GSLIS Associate Professor Kathryn La Barre at the 21st Annual Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) Conference, “Geographies of the Book,” at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA from July 18-21.

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Associate Professor Christine Jenkins presented on the panel “Community and Conflict: Geographies of Reading” along with GSLIS Assistant Professor Emily Knox at the SHARP Conference in Philadelphia, July 18-21.

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS doctoral student Mikki Smith presented a lightning talk entitled “Geographies of Amateur Newspapers: Late 19th-Century Youth Collaborations and Exchanges” at the SHARP Conference in Philadelphia, July 18-21.

The GSLIS publication office recently ran a student profile about CCB Outreach and Communications Coordinator Tad Andracki.



Feature: A Letter from the CCB Director, Deborah Stevenson

We’re off and running for another academic year at the Center for Children’s Books! We’re delighted to welcome our new staffers, Alice Mitchell and Kim Naples, to the CCB/BCCB clan, and we’re also looking forward to working with a new crop of master’s students and some very talented new doctoral students in youth services.

We’re starting to plan a great slate of brown bags for the year, drawing on local talent and knowledge to provide students with information about a variety of topics related to youth services, beginning with our September 12th Insider’s Guide, where battle-scarred veterans in their second year of library school will share their tips for success and survival with our eager newcomers. We’re always keen for suggestions on topics of interest, so let us know if there’s something you’d love to see featured in a session! We’ve also got a great collection of outreach partnerships established, so you also may be seeing our outreach coordinator or his achievements at your local library or community program.

Our YLC research workshops, where we report back on our conference presentations, get feedback on our work in progress, and discuss important work in the field, are starting to swing into action. We’re also looking to take our work in some new directions this year, building on the international work we’ve been doing in conferences in Russia and Iceland in the last couple of years and expanding to do more exploration of youth and digital media. While we don’t travel as far in fall, we do have state conferences to attend, so be sure to stay hello to affiliates Betty Bush (adjunct faculty and Bulletin reviewer) and Georgeann Burch (adjunct faculty and coordinator of the K-12 program) at ISLMA.

And of course we’ve got the annual Open House coming on Tuesday, September 17. Come by to say hello, grab a cider doughnut and a glass of fresh local cider, and check out the galleys looking for a new home. We’d love to see you there.

Deborah Stevenson, Director, Center for Children’s Books



New Books We Just Had to Read

Katie’s Choice: OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
Reading Level: Gr. 8-12
Pages: 352
Publisher and Year: Simon Pulse, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4424-5732-4
Price: $16.99

“People are so messed up. All of us, I mean. We’re all so screwed up,” states the terrifically confident and unique Bea, who is certain that she has her compulsions under control. She visits her therapist, the demure Dr. Pat, weekly to discuss her irrational fears of hurting others (especially when driving) and the specific obsessive rituals she must complete, lest someone be injured or killed. What Bea does not discuss with Dr. Pat is how she gets to therapy early so that she can listen in on the sordid details of the married couple’s session before hers and carefully documents every word in her notebook. Despite her disconcerting history of stalking and obsessive behavior, Bea can’t help but drive by the couple’s apartment regularly just to make sure they’re still alive. Bea’s compulsions play out slowly and painfully, gradually revealing the severity of her disorder and the hold it has on her everyday life. When she meets Beck, a boy obsessed with cleanliness, exercising, and the number eight, Bea thinks it could be love—and that maybe Beck is even worse off in his OCD than she is. Readers will marvel at Bea’s carefully constructed rationalizations and subsequent denial and watch as her friends, family, and even Beck both help and hinder her recovery in this consuming and often painfully realistic depiction of OCD.

Tad’s Choice: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Reading Level: Gr. 9 up
Pages: 200
Publisher and Year: Knopf, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-307-93190-0
Price: $16.99

Harry and Craig—formerly boyfriends, now best of friends—have set themselves a challenge in trying to break the world record for longest kiss. Circling their publicized feat at various degrees of separation, though, are Tariq, their friend recovering from an assault who’s just as hopeful as they are that they’ll succeed; Ryan and Avery, who just met at the local gay prom and are taking their first wary steps into a relationship; Neil and Paul, a couple who’ve been together for some time and must now negotiate the occasional rut; and Cooper, whose rejection by his parents and social isolation (in spite of his pursuit of online hookups) are pushing him closer to taking his own life. Binding all of them together is the observation and narration of a ghostly chorus of gay men who died at the peak of the AIDS crisis, a generation observing the next with a nostalgic protection and a piercing hope. Levithan tenderly maps the connections between people past and present, attending not only to his pairings’ relationships with each other, but with family, friends, and the social world they’ve inherited, weaving strands of multiple kinds of stories—the crew is racially diverse and Avery is a transguy—into a slice of young gay life. Counterpoising Boy Meets Boy’s queer utopia, this is a book heavy with history and hope, a testament that explores both the baggage and possibilities inherent in the act of two boys kissing.



Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Butler, Nancy. Pride & Prejudice. New York: Marvel Comics, 2009. ISBN 978-0785139157.

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



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