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CCB Newsletter
December 2013/January 2014


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News and Updates

CCB Reduced Hours During Finals and Winter Break

The CCB will be open at reduced hours during the winter break season, including closing for break from December 20-January 6. Please check our calendar for details. Regular spring semester hours will resume on Tuesday, January 21. For upcoming events in January that may not have made it into the newsletter yet, please subscribe to our listserv or follow us on Facebook.

Book Blowouts in the New Semester: Galley Giveaway and the 13th Annual Book Sale

The CCB is planning for our next big galley giveaway right after the beginning of the new semester starts. On Friday, January 24, from the opening of the CCB, you can stop in and get free pre-publication copies of new books for children and young adults, while supplies last. The 13th annual CCB Book Sale is also right around the corner. We’ll begin accepting reservations for $20 tickets to the pre-sale, where you will find the best selection, late in January. The free-admission book sale will take place in the CCB from February 17-19, during which time the CCB’s normal operations will be closed. Keep your eye on the 13th Annual Book Sale webpage on our site, as well as on our calendar to stay in the loop with book sale happenings.



December and January Calendar

  • Wednesday, December 4: How to Read Manga Workshop, 12 noon-1pm
    Hosted by the ALA Youth Services Committee in GSLIS room 131, this will offer tips for reading and evaluating manga for your library. Please bring the beginning of a manga series you’re interested in examining or reading.

  • Wednesday, December 11: Youth Lit Book Club, 5-6 pm
    Reading More Than This by Patrick Ness

  • Monday, December 16-Thursday, December 19: CCB Reduced Hours—Finals Week
    The CCB will operate on reduced hours during finals week. Monday and Wednesday, the CCB will open from 2-7 pm. Tuesday and Thursday, the CCB will open from 10am-3pm

  • Friday, December 20-Friday, January 3: CCB Closed—Winter Break
    The CCB will be closed due to winter break. We apologize for any inconveniences.

  • Monday, January 6-Friday, January 17: CCB Reduced Hours—Winter Break Interim
    The CCB will operate on reduced hours. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, the CCB will open from 10am-3pm. On Wednesdays, the CCB will open from 2-7pm. The CCB will remain closed on Fridays until the beginning of the spring semester

  • Monday, January 20: CCB Closed—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    The CCB will be closed due to MLK Day. We apologize for any inconveniences. Regular spring hours will resume Tuesday, January 21.

  • Friday, January 24: 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 first Galley Giveaway of the year. Open during regular CCB hours until galleys are gone.

  • Monday, January 27: Thirteenth Annual Pre-sale Reservations Begin

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

Chilly Books for the Winter Reader
Created by Alice Mitchell, CCB GA

The Dark Realm of Assassins
Created by Keri Carroll, CCB Volunteer

Storytelling Bibliography: Anansi the Spider Man and Other Spider Tales
Created by Alice Mitchell, CCB GA



Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley will present on a panel about comics and print culture sponsored by SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Printing) at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in Washington, DC, January 2-5.

CCB Outreach Coordinator Tad Andracki and GSLIS Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Rae-Anne Montague's session at the American Association of School Librarians national conference was featured in a School Library Journal article.



Feature: Interview with Yang Luo, GSLIS PhD Student

GSLIS PhD student Yang Luo successfully defended her dissertation proposal last spring and promptly left on a trip to China for field research over the summer. The CCB was excited to find the opportunity to meet with Luo and to talk about her research and trip.

“My research is on the history of children’s libraries in China. I’m specifically looking at the time period from 1912-1937,” says Luo about her research. “I’m interested in the development and genesis of children’s libraries during this time, and my initial investigation has found several factors during this time period—modern education reform, the public library movement, the Republic’s investment in child welfare, influence of Western librarianship, the appearance of children’s rooms and children’s literature—that converge to form children’s libraries in the early twentieth century.” Luo sees this research as filling in a gap in the historical record: “There’s practically no historical work on the history of children’s libraries in China, especially this early on.”

During her trip, Luo had hoped to visit five libraries, but ended up only visiting four. She had hoped to access these libraries’ archives to find information about the history of their services for children. However, “I didn’t find the archives I needed to do my research—these libraries didn’t keep archives of their history like libraries in the U.S.” The trip wasn’t completely unsuccessful: “I’ve found some internal publications—annual reports and things like that—that detailed main developments in the history of the library.” In spite of these setbacks, Luo has found some excellent opportunities for her research. She says, “I’ve been surprised to find American places that have kept some archives of Chinese children’s literature and libraries. There’s a historical collection of Chinese children’s literature from my time period at Princeton, and the ALA archives here have some information that’s been useful.”

For people interested in doing research, Luo offers a few suggestions: “Building connections to the material you’re studying is important. Take classes, go to seminars, show up to discussion groups, and go to conferences. Know what’s going on out there in your field so that you can build those kinds of connections.”

Luo remains hopeful that she’ll continue to find the information that she needs and hopes that the history she’s working on will be relevant. “As China pays more attention to youth services today—we’re seeing more programs and libraries for young people being opened—I hope my research will answer the first question we should ask: ‘Where did we come from? How did we get here?’”

For the full interview, check out our Interview with Yang Luo page on the research section of the CCB website.



New Books We Just Had to Read

Katie’s Choice: Antigoddess (The Goddess War: Book One) by Kendare Blake
Reading Level: Gr. 8-12
Pages: 333
Publisher and Year: Tor, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7653-3443-5
Price: $17.99

Sixteen-year-old Cassandra likes her quiet life in Kincade, New York, and with her best friend Andie, protective brother Henry, and loving boyfriend Aiden always at her side, even the psychic visions that plague her seem bearable. Meanwhile, across the country, the ancient gods Athena and Hermes search desperately for answers as to why they are dying slow and painfully ironic deaths; Athena’s being smothered from within by owl feathers and Hermes is literally wasting away. As they learn more about what they’re up against—the “Twilight” of all gods and a race to consume each other Titan-style in order to secure immortality—they realize they must prepare for war and will require the power of the reincarnated prophetess Cassandra of Troy to battle the likes of mighty (and desperate) gods Hera and Poseidon. When Cassandra is eventually discovered and awakened to the truths of her past life and Aiden is revealed to be the ancient god Apollo, lines are drawn and long-standing loyalties tested. Readers will undoubtedly enjoy the humanization of their favorite mythological figures, especially that of the charismatic Odysseus, whose flirtation and burgeoning romance with Athena is fantastic to behold. Both Cassandra and Athena’s storylines are rich with action, quality characterization, and even elements of horror, and when the two converge, the result is an expertly crafted first installment of what is sure to be an exciting series.

Tad’s Choice: Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
Reading Level: Gr. 6-9
Pages: 256
Publisher and Year: Putnam, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-39-25765-0
Price: $17.99

Mila, a twelve-year-old Londoner with a translator father and violinist mother, has been preparing for a trip with her dad to upstate New York, to visit Michael, an old friend of her father’s. A phone call before they leave, though, surprises them with the information that Michael has gone missing, leaving his family behind without a trace. Mila and her father decide to make the trip anyway and, after a brief visit with Michael’s abandoned family, follow clues to figure out what might have happened. Their road trip leads them through the idyllic landscape to uncover some difficult truths about Michael’s past—but also about the father-daughter pair’s relationship with each other. Mila’s sensitive skills of observation and deduction pull the investigation along, while the literal, picturesque journey subtly echoes the interior transformation Mila must undergo. Rosoff’s gorgeous prose is sensitive and sparing in its depiction of a precocious, knowing child who still desperately tries to hang onto her innocence. A coming-of-age novel framed with sublime mystery, this will appeal to fans of both intrigue and quiet drama.

Alice’s Choice: The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson
Reading Level: Gr. 4-6
Pages: 258
Publisher and Year: Amulet/Abrams, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0789-6
Price: $16.95

After living happily for years in the secret valley of Nanvi Dar deep in the mountains of Tibet, a friendly family of yetis becomes threatened by encroaching human tourists. As the tourists get closer to discovering them, the yetis decide to move to Farley Towers in England, the old home of their caretaker, Lady Agatha. They travel through Europe with the help of a young boy, Con, his sister, Ellie, and Perry, a lorry driver; they also find themselves helping lots of animals along the way: a plethora of mistreated zoo animals, search and rescue dogs in the mountains, and a bull in a Spanish bullfighting ring. Upon arriving at Farley Towers, the yetis are surprised to find that it is no longer the beautiful home Lady Agatha told them about, but instead has been turned into a clubhouse for big-game hunters. The hunters promptly abduct the yetis and ship them off to Antarctica in order to hunt them, leaving the family in need of rescue by Con, Ellen, and Perry, who stage a protest outside the palace to appeal to the Queen. Even though the book is published posthumously, Ibbotson fans will find all of the characteristics they have come to expect from her: independent children, exciting adventures, witty dialogue, and plenty of interesting non-human characters. With an environmental message that frequently accompanies Ibbotson’s work, this book will allow readers to enjoy her unique style in a fresh read one last time.



Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Winter, Jeanette. Josefina. Boston: Harcourt, 1996. ISBN 978-0152010911.

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

CCB Fall/Spring Hours and General Information

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

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