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CCB Newsletter
May/June 2015


In this Newsletter…

News and Updates

Spring Galley Giveaway

The CCB will host our final galley giveaway of the school year on Tuesday, May 5 from 12-7 pm or until galleys are gone. Come see us in room 24 of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (501 E. Daniel in Champaign) in order to get your hands on free pre-publication copies of children and young adults. We will send an email to the mailing list the afternoon of May 4 with an approximate number of galleys that will be available on Tuesday.

Summer Getaway for School Librarians

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana is offering its second annual Summer Getaway for School Librarians! Join us on-campus June 22-24 as we focus on crucial topics relevant to the field. Leave refreshed, with hands-on experience using the newest technologies and connect with like-minded professionals in the field. Information and registration are available at

Questions? Contact Georgeann Burch (

Finals Week and Summer Hours

The CCB will open for reduced hours during finals week and both summer sessions. During finals week, the CCB will be open on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 am-3 pm and on Wednesday from 2-7 pm and will be closed on Friday, May 15. The Summer I and II schedules are currently under construction; please check our website and our Facebook page for up-to-date information about hours.

May Calendar

  • Tuesday, May 5: Galley Giveaway, 12-7pm
    Come to the CCB to grab free pre-publication copies of new books for kids and teens at the last Galley Giveaway of the school year. Open at regular CCB hours until galleys are gone.
  • Wednesday, May 6: Youth Lit Book Club: Picture Book Extravaganza, 5-6 pm
    Join us this month for a special Picture Book club! Bring or find your favorite picture book, or discover something new and charming in this chance to unwind before finals week. Pizza will be provided!
  • Monday, May 11-Thursday, May 14: CCB Reduced Hours—Finals Week
    The CCB will operate on reduced hours during finals week. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, the CCB will be open 10 am-3 pm. On Wednesday, the CCB will be open 2-7 pm.
  • Friday, May 15: CCB Closed & Reduced Summer Schedule Begins

  • Monday, May 18: Summer Session I Begins
  • Monday, May 25: CCB Closed—Memorial Day
  • Monday, June 16: Summer Session II Begins

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

May Flowers
Created by Natasha Wands, CCB Volunteer

WWI: What Was Once the War to End All Wars
Created by Melissa Albarran, BCCB GA

Our Affiliates Out and About

The 2015 GSLIS Research Showcase had a strong showing of CCB affiliate participation. Assistant Professor Liz Hoiem gave a presentation entitled, “Mechanical Literacies of the Industrial Revolution,” and doctoral students Melissa Hayes and DeAnza Williams presented on their research regarding “#Diverse Children’s Literature: Examining Social Media’s Role.” The first poster session featured the Closing the App Gap I grant project, spearheaded by CCB Director and Bulletin Editor Deborah Stevenson, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Kate McDowell, and PhD student Cass Mabbott.

Assistant Professor Emily Knox attended Fresno State’s April 2015 conference titled Outlawed: The Naked Truth About Censored Literature For Young People. Knox gave a presentation, “Teenagers Are Not Young Adults: Age, Innocence, and The Censorship of Children’s Literature,” in which she explored various definitions of “childhood” and “innocence” and their effects on efforts to censor children’s literature. More information about the presentation can be found here in the GSLIS Newsroom.

Assistant Professor and CCB affiliate Liz Hoiem will be presenting a talk entitled “British Industrial Labor Movements and the Origins of Modern Adolescence” at the Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood Conference, exploring the effect of early labor laws on the changing understandings of adolescence. The conference, hosted by the Institute for Child and Youth Studies, will be held May 8 and 9 at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.

On Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, GSLIS students held a Symposium on LIS Education featuring invited presentations, open “unconference” discussions, and refereed presentations on a wide range of issues. Topics in youth services included embracing technology, researching GBTQ information-seeking behavior, diversity in young adult services, and more. For more information about the symposium, visit  

Feature: Opening the Suggestion Box

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our suggestion box over the last few months! We’ve received some really wonderful suggestions, so we’re taking a moment to note them below (with some paraphrasing) and respond to your ideas. Is there something else you’d like to ask or suggest? Feel free to consult our GAs or share your own ideas in the suggestion box, then check back later for an answer on our bulletin board.

Open on weekends, please!
We would love to be open on the weekend, but unfortunately funding limitations prevent us from having enough staff to hold weekend hours.

Use the CCB as a place for social events, letting youth services students meet other GSLIS students with different areas of interest.
We think this is a great idea and have taken steps to offer more cross-disciplinary events in the CCB. Thanks for the suggestion!

Have a CCB community event that involves children, where GSLIS students, UIUC students, or the public could bring their children for an afternoon or evening. Events of interest: storytimes, crafts, or storytelling.
We have a few ideas in the pipeline to start involving more kids in CCB events and are looking into working storytimes into those events. Thanks for the suggestion and stay tuned!

We need access to more electrical outlets!
Take a look by our new handout display for new outlets on the other side of the front tables!

Move the penguin to a new location every month so people can search for him!
The penguin moves at staff discretion but feel free to begin your penguin search anytime.

Storytime at the CCB!
We already have informal adult storytimes. Ask us about Please, Mr. Panda!, or join us at 5:00 on May 6 for a special Picture Book Extravaganza at our Youth Lit Book Club.

Beanbag chairs!
Coming soon! Check back this summer for some awesome new, comfy furniture.

As you can see, we’re making some exciting changes based on the suggestions you have provided. CCB GA Alice Mitchell explains why we’re so glad to have your feedback: “Hearing from our patrons is exciting! Making sure a library fits the needs of its patrons is one of the most important parts of being a librarian. We want to make sure our facilities and services are the best they can be and as useful as possible to our patrons.” Keep an eye out for more responses in future newsletters, or share your own ideas by email or in the box on the front table. Thanks for your suggestions!

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.

Alice’s Choice: The Spider by Elise Gravel
Reading Level: Gr. 2-3
Pages: 32
Publisher and Year: Tundra, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-77049-664-4
Price: $10.99

With a simple “Hi there!” readers are introduced to their friend the spider, who isn’t actually as scary as you might think.  She has a lot of eyes and legs, and she lives all over the world, but she’s not usually dangerous and actually likes eating the insects that people find so annoying!  This recent addition to Gravel’s Disgusting Critters series turns the disgusting into the delightful.  Gravel guides readers through various arachnid facts, staying solidly in the realm of humor without getting too gross. The digitally rendered artwork keeps spiders more approachable than frightening, making this a possible bridge for arachnophobes who are not ready for hi-def photographs of four pairs of eyes.  Presented with humor, the facts are extraordinarily memorable: a multitude of spider babies asking their mommy the question “Are we there yet?” reinforces information about spiders carrying their young on their backs, just as a helpful, bug-eating flying spider shouting “Super Spider to the rescue!” emphasizes how spider’s appetite help curb insect populations.  Gravel urges kids to set aside their fear of spiders—and shake their hands instead—in this introductory nonfiction picture book that is perfect for children from the excited to the arachnophobic.

Michelle’s Choice: Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Reading Level: Gr. 8-12 
Pages: 357 
Publisher and Year: HarperTeen/HarperCollins, 2015 
ISBN: 978-0-06-233568-5 
Price: $17.99

Tori is uninterested in most everything. She’s not particularly interested in talking to people, definitely not interested in reading, and she doesn’t care to investigate when a group of mysterious hackers called Solitaire start pranking the school. In the meantime, she remains under the shadow of her popular best friend Becky, a personable and enthusiastic charmer who breaks off their friendship after becoming fed up with Tori’s behavior. The chips continue to fall. Tori’s brother Oliver self-harms and has been managing a ruthless eating disorder for many years, and he has a severe episode when Tori goes to a party for the first time. Tori descends further into depression as her friendships break, her brother exits the road to recovery, and her already unbalanced emotions cave like a deck of cards. But when Solitaire’s pranks become more and more dangerous, and seemingly more and more related to Tori, she becomes increasingly paranoid and determined to stop Solitaire, no matter the personal cost. After all, who will miss her? The brilliance of this book is in the compelling evolution of Tori's character, whose sharp sarcasm and wit cut through her gloom. Readers will be captivated by Solitaire’s steadily rising intrigue and copious pop-culture references, and sympathetic to Tori’s relatable struggles with her mental health.

Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Messina, Lynn. Little Vampire Women.  New York: HarperTeen, 2010. ISBN 978-0061976254.

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

CCB Spring Hours and General Information

The CCB will be open at reduced hours during both summer sessions. The final schedule will be available shortly—check the CCB website for the latest updates.

Spring (through May 8)
Monday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday: 12pm-7pm
Wednesday: 1pm-7pm
Thursday: 10am-7pm
Friday: 10am-5pm

Spring Finals
Monday: 10am-3pm
Tuesday: 10am-3pm
Wednesday: 2pm-7pm
Thursday: 10am-3pm
Friday: CLOSED

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