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CCB Newsletter
July/August 2014


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News and Updates

Staff Changes at the CCB

The CCB is excited to be welcoming three new faces to our ranks in Room 24 this August: Michelle Biwer, who will be joining Alice Mitchell as a CCB Graduate Assistant; Anna Shustitzky, who will be taking over the position of CCB Outreach and Communications Coordinator; and Melissa Albarran, joining us as the Bulletin Graduate Assistant. If you’ll be around this August, join us in extending a happy greeting to Michelle, Anna, and Melissa! We’re sad to have already said “good-bye” to Katie Boucher, CCB GA, who left Champaign-Urbana for the Quad Cities in June, starting a position as youth librarian for the Scott County Library System in Eldridge, Iowa. We’ll also be missing Tad Andracki, CCB Outreach and Communications Coordinator, when he leaves at the end of July to join the faculty at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools as a middle school librarian. We’re also sad to let go of Kim Naples, who will be transitioning into a grant-funded GAship in community informatics in the fall. Congratulations to both Katie and Tad as they look forward to post-GSLIS life and to Kim for an exciting new opportunity.

Elizabeth Hoiem Joins GSLIS Faculty

We would like to welcome Elizabeth Hoiem to the GSLIS faculty in August as an Assistant Professor focusing on youth services and children’s literature and as a CCB Affiliate. Hoiem teaches courses on fantasy literature and the history of children’s literature, and while her research focuses on technological innovations in children’s literature and material culture, her interests also include community engagement and digital humanities. Congratulations to Dr. Hoiem, and welcome to GSLIS!

July/August Calendar

  • Friday, July 4: CCB Closed: US Independence Day

  • Thursday, July 17: Youth Lit Book Club, 3 pm
    Reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

  • Thursday, August 14: Youth Lit Book Club, 3 pm
    Reading a book TBA

  • Monday, August 11: Fall Interim Begins; CCB Fall Interim Hours Take Effect

  • Monday, August 25: Fall Semester Begins; CCB Fall Hours Take Effect

  • Monday, September 1: CCB Closed: Labor Day

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

Judging a Book by Its Cover: Covers with Deadly Weapons
Created by Alice Mitchell, CCB GA

Water, Water, Everywhere…: Books Centered on Water
Created by Tad Andracki, CCB Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Affiliate Carol Tilley has been recommended for promotion to Associate Professor with full tenure, effective August 16. Congratulations, Dr. Tilley!

GSLIS Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hoiem presented her paper “Chartist Children: Rethinking Middle-class Definitions of Play and Work in Early Children’s Literature” at the Children’s Literature Association conference in Columbia, SC on June 20.

GSLIS Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Professor Kate McDowell presented an invited talk, “Exploring the App Gap” on the planning and early implementation of the “Closing the App Gap” grant project, at the IFLA-sponsored International Symposium on Library Services for Children and Young Adults in Seoul, South Korea, June 19-20.

Feature: Book Reviews at the CCB

Librarians, teachers, and parents can’t possibly read everything published for children and young adults in a year, so they often turn to trusted review sources to help them make their decisions about what to purchase and what not. Obviously, operating in conjunction with the Bulletin means that the CCB has some intimate knowledge of the book review process, but what other resources for finding, using, or writing reviews does the CCB offer?

In addition to the Bulletin reviews pasted in the back of every book in the CCB collection, we have print copies of the Bulletin all the way back to the 1950s, so if you’re looking for the critical reception of older books, you’ll be able to find that here, too. Do you want to compare the ways different folks have received recent books and make a balanced judgment? The CCB has print subscriptions to Booklist, The Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, and School Library Journal that you’re always welcome to take a look at here in the Center. We also have access to review journals through the University Library’s subscription databases. If you’re looking for historical reviews, we can help you with that, too, using some of those tools—like Book Review Digest Retrospective. These resources and some historical hunting tips can be found on the Resources section of the CCB website:

Maybe you’d like to try your hand at reviewing books yourself? Bulletin Assistant Editor Kate Quealy-Gainer is currently teaching a GSLIS class in Reviewing Children’s Literature via the LEEP distance education program. It’s become a summer favorite, so keep your eye out for opportunities to take the course in the future. We’ve also got resources like K. T. Horning’s classic book From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books to help you get started.

We love thinking about and evaluating children’s books here at the CCB—as you can see in this video about a book’s journey through the Bulletin—and we’d love to help you join us in that process.

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.

Tad’s Choice: Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Reading Level: Gr. 7-10
Pages: 336
Publisher and Year: Little, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-316-04471-4
Price: $19.00

Oscar’s daily jaunts through the old neighborhoods of his Barcelona boarding school lead the fifteen-year-old to the doorstep of a dusty mansion where young, beautiful, and secretive Marina lives with her father, a shell of the great artist he once was. Oscar and Marina explore the backstreets of 1978 Sarrià together, where a cemetery encounter with a cloaked old woman and a black butterfly insignia opens the door into a horrific tale that stretches back decades of a mad scientist determined to cheat death and the wake of destruction he’s left behind in the lives of dedicated servants and starry-eyed lovers. The macabre run-ins with horrifying automatons in the sewers are matched with heartbreaking experiences with premature loss for a truly Gothic story, interweaving the past, present, and future in contemplative measure. Zafón renders flickering, silver-screen horror in diaphanous, silky prose for a shiver-filled and teary read that will appeal to fans of both the Brontës and Guillermo del Toro.

Alice’s Choice: Pardon Me by Daniel Miyares
Reading Level: 4-7 yrs.
Pages: 36
Publisher and Year: Simon, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4424-8997-4
Price: $16.99

A bright yellow bird enjoys itself immensely sitting and basking in the peace and quiet of the swamp, until a crane swoops down, joining the yellow bird and enjoying a fish meal with a casual, “Pardon me.” Then, a frog hops by to sit with them. Then, a turtle swims up. As a fox drifts by and starts to call out to them, the yellow bird loses its temper. It shouts at the animals to find their own perch, scattering the animals every which way, leaving the yellow bird alone. As the sun begins to set the yellow bird enjoys its solitude, only to be interrupted yet again when its perfect perch reveals itself to be a toothy crocodile. The crocodile quickly gobbles up the yellow bird, burping and saying with a grin, “Pardon me.” In this largely wordless picture book, the illustrations carry the story along with ease in exquisitely composed digital mixed media renderings, and the hand-lettered text is integrated into the illustrations effectively. With each animal that joins it, the yellow bird gradually moves from the focus of the illustrations to being squashed on the side until its angry outburst, drawing attention to itself through expertly drafted facial expressions and increasingly frustrated dialogue. Despite the bird’s eventual demise, the crocodile’s wry comment closes the tale on a humorous note. The repetition, humor, and large, colorful illustrations make this book a fantastic readaloud for younger audiences.

Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Holt, David and Bill Mooney, eds. Ready-to-Tell Tales: Sure-fire Stories from America’s Favorite Storytellers. Atlanta: August House, 2005. ISBN: 978-0874833812.

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

CCB Summer & Fall Hours and General Information

Summer II (through August 8)

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

Fall Interim (August 11-August 22)

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

Fall Hours (beginning August 25)

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

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