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CCB Newsletter

April 2013


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News and Updates

Storytelling Festival

The CCB will host the 2014 Storytelling Festival on Saturday, April 12 from 7-9 pm at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science Building, Room 126, 501 E. Daniel St. in Champaign. Coordinated this year by GSLIS students Amy Atkinson and Tad Andracki, the Festival will feature both new performers and returning seasoned storytellers sharing age-old folklore, innovative uses of new media, and everything in between. With this select lineup of engaging GSLIS students, alumni, and faculty telling tales from the profound to the profoundly delightful, the evening is sure to entertain.

Admission requires a $5 ticket; students with an ID may purchase tickets for $3. Doors will open for ticket purchase beginning at 6:15 pm. Some material at the festival may not be appropriate for children.

For more information or if you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this program/event, contact the CCB at (217) 244-9331 or

April Calendar

  • Tuesday, April 1: University Library Edible Book Festival, 11:30 am-1 pm, University YMCA Latzer Hall
    For more information, please visit

  • Tuesday, April 15: CCB Brown Bag with Joe Coyle: Library Services to Youth in Custody, 12 pm
    Coyle will speak about serving youth in detention broadly and more specifically about his writing program at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center. This meeting will be broadcast through Blackboard Collaborate; email for details.

  • Saturday, April 12: Storytelling Festival, 7-9 pm, GSLIS 126
    Featuring both students and seasoned storytellers, this student-run evening of folk and original tales is bound to be a good time! Some material may not be appropriate for children. Tickets are $5, or $3 for students with ID.

  • Wednesday, April 16: Youth Lit Book Club, 5-6 pm
    Discussing Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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

A Spectrum of Ability: Exploring Disabilities through Literature Both Realistic and Fantastical
Created by Alice Mitchell, CCB GA

Sleuths with Sass: Modern-day Maidens of Mystery
Created by Katie Boucher, CCB GA, with additional annotations by Alice Mitchell

Storytelling Bibliography: Cinderella Tales from Around the World
Created by Emily Bayci, CCB Volunteer

Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Director Deborah Stevenson will present “Youth, Reading, and Libraries: What’s Happening at the Center for Children’s Books,” a talk highlighting the trends and high points in current children’s literature and the CCB’s work of reviewing, research, and student support and education, while on a visit to friends and alums in Phoenix, Arizona on April 3.

CCB Affiliate, GSLIS Associate Professor, and Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Kate McDowell will present a storytelling workshop, “The Art of Storytelling” for the 2013-2014 Leading Forward Advancement Fellows Program on April 11.

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley will give an invited talk on “When Comics Almost Died: Readers, Censors, and Innovation,” at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, IN for their Arts Day on April 11. Tilley will also attend C2E2, the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo on April 25, where she will present a talk called “Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent and the Comics Code Authority at 60” at 2 pm, as well as sit on a panel on “Comics and the Academy: The Role of Graphic Novels in Higher Education,” alongside Josh Elder, Prof. Len Strazewski, John Bivens, Prof. David Rapp, and Christina Blanch at 5:45.

Feature: Meet GSLIS Youth Services Adjuncts, an Interview with Peggy Burton and Anieta Trame

In the interest of continuing to shine the spotlight on the amazing adjuncts in youth services here at GSLIS, the CCB reached out to Peggy Burton and Anieta Trame, school librarians in the Mattoon School District who teach the school library media specialist course through LEEP, as our next interviewees in the series.

Trame explains how the pair ended up with teaching gigs at GSLIS: “About fifteen years ago, my school district asked me to go back to school to get the certification requirements to become a school librarian . . .  [I] became fast friends with other people who were pretty much doing the same thing: Georgeann and Peggy. Georgeann remembered the two of us when GSLIS needed instructors for this course and gave us a call.”

Burton and Trame emphasize how their everyday experience influences their teaching methods, especially in the ways that education and educational standards are currently in flux. Trame says, “When I started, my job was to check books in and out and get kids to read. My job still involves those things—especially getting kids to read—but I have a much more active role in helping to shape the curriculum.” Burton also notes other changes in the field: “Technology has changed librarianship more than anything . . . Even in my elementary school so much of what we do revolves around technology that you have to embrace it or find a new career.”

This stellar pair parts with closing advice for aspiring school librarians. Burton notes that economic situations are currently austere for school librarians—“Have a back-up plan but go after what you want”—while Trame notes the skills that school librarianship requires. “You have to also love instilling a love of reading in kids, to really work toward building a culture of reading in the community you’re in. It’s hard work, but so valuable.”

The CCB thanks Trame and Burton for the opportunity to share their knowledge of the profession with you; to read all of their wisdom, visit the full interview with Trame and Bush on the CCB 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.

Katie’s Choice: President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett; illus. by Chris Van Dusen
Reading Level: 4-7 yrs.
Pages: 32
Publisher and Year: Candlewick, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6317-9
Price: $16.99

“This could be bad,” mutters America’s twenty-seventh President, William Howard Taft, as he realizes, after much shimmying and squeezing, that he is definitely stuck in his bathtub. Known more for his epic (and alleged) bathtub blunder than any of his political accomplishments, America’s heftiest president is portrayed as a practical man looking to solve a very embarrassing problem in this picture book that hilariously educates in both the Executive Branch and bathroom safety. First, Taft’s kindly wife Nellie tries to help but to no avail, forcing Taft to call on the Vice President, who arrives without a plan and all-too-ready to assume the position of Commander-in-Chief. When Taft summons the Secretary of State, he is met with criticisms of his weight and poor diet (diplomatically put, of course). The Secretary of Agriculture wants to butter him out, while the Secretary of War wants to bust him out with dynamite. “Should we swear me in as President now?” the relentless VP craftily chimes in throughout Taft’s struggle. As the President runs out of Cabinet members and his bottom has not budged a bit from its porcelain prison, he grows disheartened. That is until, the First Lady insists it was time they all “stopped using our brains and just used our arms,” successfully launching Taft out of the tub and onto the White House lawn. “One hundred years hence, no one will recall that you were stuck in the bath,” soothes the Secretary of State. Not likely, Secretary, not likely.

Tad’s Choice: Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin
Reading Level: Gr. 4-7
Pages: 256
Publisher and Year: Razorbill, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-59514-546-8
Price: $16.99

“Little John” and his family are reeling from the death of his younger sister from a fall from a tree: his mother acts as though Raelynn is still living, his father has taken to the bottle, and Little John has shoved his friends out of his life, focusing instead on helping his father’s one-man tree removal business, work that’s scarring because of the guilt he feels for not having been able to save his sister. This is the milieu when Gale shows up next door; a foster child in a neglectful family, Gale uses her utter innocence and otherworldly voice (which seems to have healing powers) to charm her way from the “nest” she’s built in a bough into Little John’s heart. But her voice has also captured the attention of Mr. King, the local magnate who is currently Little John’s father’s only source of income and who wants to record—and maybe steal altogether—Gale’s restorative song, leading Little John to betray Gale’s trust with shattering results. This is a classic coming-of-age tale, sensitive but unsparing in its careful portrayal of Little John’s sense of duty and constant shame, but it’s imbued with a slight magic realism that allows it to take flight. Themes of forgiveness and love flitter through the cutting tragedies, and young readers looking for some catharsis will find their souls soaring alongside Gale’s song with this delicate drama.

Alice’s Choice: Alienated by Melissa Landers
Reading Level: Gr. 8-12
Pages: 344
Publisher and Year: Hyperion, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4231-7028-0
Price: $16.99

Two years after the L’eihr made contact with Earth, Cara has the opportunity to host one of the first L’eihr exchange students on Earth. She is hesitant at first, before realizing what a great opportunity this is for her future career, turning her experience living with an alien into a popular blog and dreaming of a future book deal. Aelyx isn’t just filled with typical exchange student concerns—he’s worried that the humans will destroy his planet as readily as they destroyed their own. He and the other L’eihr exchange students devise a plan to sabotage the exchange program in order to get sent home as quickly as possible, destroying any opportunity for an alliance between the two planets. Anti-L’eihr protests greet Aelyx outside Midtown High School as paranoia spreads throughout the school and town, causing problems for Cara and her family. As Cara tries to help Aelyx adjust to life on Earth, he grows increasingly attached to her and guilty about his actions that might destroy their planets’ futures. A tragic event forces Aelyx and Cara to choose between loyalty to their planets and their blossoming relationship. The anti-L’eihr protests and treatment of L’eihr supporters offer realistic portrayals of discrimination while providing an intriguing perspective on alien-human interactions in the face of mutually assured destruction. Aelyx and Cara make a humorous and likeable couple, developing a close friendship before taking the leap into a fiery romance; pair that with planetary politics, and this story will leave readers excited for potential sequels.

Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Wolkstein, Diane. The Magic Orange Tree: And Other Haitian Folktales. New York: Schocken, 1997. ISBN: 978-0394833903

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

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