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CCB Newsletter
December 2015/January 2016


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News and Updates

CCB Reduced Hours During Finals and Winter Break

The CCB will be open at reduced hours during finals week and the winter break season, including closing for break December 18-January 10. Please check the calendar below or online for details. Regular spring semester hours will resume on Tuesday, January 19. For upcoming events in January that may not have made it into the newsletter yet, please subscribe to our main listserv or follow us on Facebook.

Book Bonanza in the New Semester: Galley Giveaway and the 15th 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 22, you can stop in when the doors open for the day to get free pre-publication copies of new books for children and young adults, while supplies last.

We are also eagerly anticipating the 15th annual CCB Book Sale. If you haven’t attended the sale before, be prepared for thousands of brand-new books for youth of all ages and interests at a greatly reduced price. Reserve a spot in our Sunday pre-sale for early access and the best selection—we’ll begin accepting reservations for $20 tickets January 25 for admission to the February 14 pre-sale. The free-admission book sale will take place in the CCB from February 15 through 17, during which time the CCB’s normal operations will be closed. Keep your eye on the 15th Annual Book Sale webpage on our site, as well as on our calendar to stay in the loop with book sale happenings. As always, feel free to contact us at for more information.

December/January Calendar

  • Thursday, December 3: Youth Lit Book Club, 5-6 pm
    Reading Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

  • Thursday, December 10: CCB Brown Bag: Designing Library Spaces that Work, 12-1 pm
    Come find out how to advocate for your library space, communicate with administrators and
    architects and how to avoid common architectural designs that cause problems for library staff and users.

  • Monday, December 14-Thursday, December 17: CCB Reduced Hours—Finals Week
    The CCB will operate on reduced hours during finals week. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, the CCB will open from 10am-3pm. Wednesday, the CCB will open from 2-7pm.
  • Friday, December 18-Friday, January 10: CCB Closed—Winter Break
    The CCB will be closed due to winter break. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Monday, January 11-Thursday, January 14: 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 18: CCB Closed—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    The CCB will be closed due to MLK Day. We apologize for any inconvenience. Regular spring hours will resume Tuesday, January 19.

  • Friday, January 22: Galley Giveaway
    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 25: Fifteenth 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 Bibliography on the CCB Website

Super Mega Foxy Awesome Bib(liography): GA Favorites
Created by Melissa Albarran, BCCB GA, Michelle Biwer, CCB GA, Lauren Gray, CCB GA, and Anna Shustitzky, CCB Outreach Coordinator

Our Affiliates Out and About

At the AASL Annual Conference from November 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio, K-12 Program Coordinator Georgeann Burch presented “If You Build It They Will Come: Summer PD for School Librarians,” based on the “Summer Getaway” hosted by GSLIS this past summer.

From January 5 to the 8 in Boston, Massachusetts, Associate professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Kate McDowell will attend the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) 2016 Conference. McDowell will serve as co-chair of the conference program committee, as well as present on “Valuing Student Voices: Master’s Students’ Critical Perspectives on LIS Education” along with some of the organizers of the LIS Symposium and GSLIS Speaks! events from last spring.

Director Deborah Stevenson will be attending the ALA Midwinter Conference in Boston, Massachusetts from January 8 to 11.

Feature: Interview with Anna Shustitzky, CCB Outreach Coordinator and Awesome Person

Anna, the CCB Outreach Coordinator, will be graduating and moving on from GSLIS this month. She shares some of her CCB experiences below.

What has working at the CCB taught you about youth literature?
Children’s books are way more sophisticated than people think they are—I guess I knew that a little bit when I started here, but now I have much more to back it up. Kids don’t get enough credit in terms of the kinds of things they think about and how they process the world around them. They really deserve books that are clever, thoughtful, high quality and just all-around better than people might expect.

What is your greatest achievement while working at the CCB?
You heard it here first… we are transitioning to a new website! I’ve learned a lot about what makes a good website and I’m excited to put everything into practice. We have been working with a WordPress site for a while, and I can’t wait for it to go live… soon!

What do you love most about the CCB?/What will you miss most?
To answer both of those questions: it’s definitely the people. I know it’s a typical answer, but I love all my coworkers and I love seeing the people that come in just to hang out at the CCB. It’s great working in this kind of space. And then you get connecting with the Bulletin reviewers who are all amazing, brilliant people. And then I think about our other affiliates, the people I collaborated with in all of my outreach work, and they’re so wonderful too.

What do you hope to do in your future career?/What does your future look like as of right now?
My work here at GSLIS has all been towards the idea of going into youth services in a public library. I’d love to work with both kids and teens, in part because I like wearing a lot of hats, literally and figuratively. I am still looking for a job but I’m optimistic. I’m happy to go pretty much anywhere; I’m looking forward to a new adventure. I’m sad to be leaving but I am really excited to get out into the field.

As Outreach Coordinator, do you have any advice or tips for those of us that may be involved with community engagement in the future?
The big one is just be excited about it! There are lots of great youth service organizations out there, and you are all working towards common goals. When you reach out to someone, they are probably going to be excited about it too. Don’t be afraid to try a new project together! Also, even if your event doesn’t go exactly as you planned—speaking from experience—as long as the kids are having fun you’re doing just fine.

What books would be on your favorite readers advisory list?
So many books… so, so many. How much time do we have? In terms of favorite picture books right now, I would have to say Circle Square Moose and its prequel, Z is for Moose. They are both quite… educational… but not necessarily in a way that would be expected. I’ve also been reading a lot of middle grade lately, and my favorite one recently has been Beastkeeper. It’s sort of dark and shivery, but also an amazing fairytale about a girl learning about herself and her family. And then in terms of YA, really, I haven’t found anything that can beat the Graceling series. The first one came out in 2008, but I haven’t found a better series since. So, read all of them! Also, check out our bibliography for this month to find all of the favorite readers advisory from me and my brilliant coworkers.

We wish Anna the best of luck in her future endeavors and will miss her kind and brilliant presence in the CCB. Visit our website to view the current graduate assistants’ favorite youth literature titles.

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.

Anna’s Choice: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
Reading Level: Gr. 7-10
Pages: 288
Publisher and Year: Simon, 2015
ISBN: 978-4-4814-2300-7
Price: $17.99

Audrey, her brother, and their dad are all trying to leave the past behind, deeply grieving the loss of Audrey’s mother three months before. On the way to northern Nevada and a depressing future with the siblings’ grandmother, they find themselves at the Hotel Ruby, a beautiful 1930s relic with a dark past that is commemorated with constant partying and historically appropriate opulence. They settle in surprisingly well, staying longer than intended and giving Audrey enough time to catch the eye of the handsome, mysterious Elias. Exploring the hotel, Audrey gets to know Elias and the hotel staff, all of whom seem to be hiding something despite the warm welcome. Days slip by as a romance develops, but Audrey’s time is marked by increasingly disturbing visions that the others understand but refuse to explain. Audrey presses on, demanding answers that lead to a shocking revelation and a heartbreaking choice. This dizzying whirlwind of luxury and tragedy will captivate readers looking for romance and history with a thrill of horror throughout.

Melissa’s Choice: The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn
Reading Level: Gr. 9-12
Pages: 240
Publisher and Year: Atheneum, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4814-3571-0
Price: $17.99

Chloe, Serena and Xinot have been fulfilling their roles as the Fates since the beginning of time: spinning, measuring and cutting the thread that creates and controls human life. The Fates used to live among humans, instilling fear and awe, but after witnessing the continual aging of children and their inevitable deaths, Serena’s happiness begins to wither and the three sisters retreat to a remote island – away from the pain and suffering that accompanies humanity. Content with their everyday routines and isolation, the sisters steel themselves from contact with mortals, until a young girl comes to their door, demanding to know what there is to live for after witnessing the brutal murder of her family. Serena, the motherly Fate, removes Aglaia’s memories to shield her from the pain but it proves to be a temporary and flawed solution. The Fates are drawn to Aglaia’s obstinate spirit and beauty, and follow her to the end of the world, determined to use their power to save her. This lyrical novel invites philosophical reflection on the relationship between love and pain, happiness and impermanence, and the beauty of life and death. 

Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. St. Martin’s Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1250012579.

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

CCB Fall/Spring Hours and General Information

Note: The CCB will be operating on reduced hours during finals week and winter break. Please see our calendar for more information. Our spring hours will be available shortly; please consult our website or follow us on Facebook for the latest information.

Monday: 10am-7pm
Tuesday: 10am-5pm
Wednesday: 4pm-7pm
Thursday: 10am-1pm, 4pm-7pm
Friday: 10am-5pm

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