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Youth Lit Book Club
This summer, our Youth Lit Book Club will be based around Alaine Martaus' Fantasy YA Lit class. Our next book Club will be Wednesday, June 17 at 6pm, where we will read Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.
Summer I Hours
Summer II Hours
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Summer Youth Lit Book Club
Due to popular demand, we are going to be switching up Youth Lit Book Club a bit this summer - everything will be fantasy! (Don't worry, if this isn't your thing we will be switching back to our normal format in the fall.) We will be basing our book list off of instructor Alaine Martaus' popular fantasy literature class. Book Club will be held every other Wednesday at 6:00, and the schedule is as follows:
June 3: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) by Philip Pullman
Thanks to everyone who shared feedback! Happy reading!
The semester may be over, but the CCB will be open all summer! From Monday, June 15 through Friday, August 14, the hours are:
Annual Storytelling Festival
On Saturday, April 4, the CCB hosted the 2015 Storytelling Festival at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Coordinated this year by Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Kate McDowell and GSLIS alum, CAS student, and Uni High School Librarian Amy Atkinson, the Festival featured both new performers and returning seasoned storytellers sharing age-old folklore, personal stories, and everything in between, followed by a decidedly impressive open mic that lasted long into the evening. Thanks to everyone who made the event a success!
U of I News Interview: Fairy Tales on the Big Screen
2015 Gryphon Lecture
Upcoming CCB Events
2015 Gryphon Award Recipient
Calling all interested libraries and schools!
Would you like to work with the CCB on our three-year national-level App Author project where we use libraries and schools as sites to teach youth, especially in underserved populations, to create apps and team with younger kids to use them?
Deborah Stevenson, director of the CCB, and Kate McDowell, Associate Professor at GSLIS, are following our Closing the App Gap IMLS-funded project with a proposal to involve youth in app creation at several sites across the country to strengthen digital opportunities, and we’re looking for possible partners. We’re not asking for commitment yet, just possible interest, so if you’d like to consider being a site, drop us a line. Send your name and that of your library/school (preferably with a link to the website) to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll be in touch as the proposal evolves.
Behind the Scenes at the Bulletin
Ever wonder why the CCB is closed on Wednesdays? The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, a nationally recognized review journal of children’s books and the source of most of the CCB’s collection, is the only major reviewing periodical for children’s literature whose entire reviewing staff meets regularly and reads everyone else’s reviews for the issue. Check out this video to learn more about our Bulletin reviewing team!
Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out
In celebration of the 2014 Banned Books Week, an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association and other like-minded organizations, we hosted a banned book read-in on Monday, September 22. Participants chose their favorite banned books and read them out loud on camera in support of the ALA Virtual Read-Out. Check out our videos below, or take a look at the Banned Books Week YouTube channel for read-ins from around the world. Thanks to all of our wonderful readers!
The Center for Children’s Books (CCB) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is a crossroads for critical inquiry, professional training, and educational outreach related to youth-focused resources, literature and librarianship. The Center’s mission is to facilitate the creation and dissemination of exemplary and progressive research and scholarship related to all aspects of children’s and young adult literature; media and resources for young (age 0-18) audiences; and youth services librarianship.
In partnership with The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books—an authoritative analytic review journal—the Center aims to inspire and inform adults who connect young people with resources in person, in print, and online. The Center sponsors activities and hosts interdisciplinary research projects involving both theory and practice. In its dual role as research collection and educational community, the Center has national impact on the future of reading and readers.