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Youth Lit Book Club
Thanks to your votes, the September book club book will be An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Youth Lit Book Club will be held on Thursday, September 17 at 5:00pm.
Thursday: 10am-1pm, 4-7pm
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GSLIS Receives Grant Funding for App Authors: Closing the App Gap II
Following the results of the recently completed “Closing the AppGap I” planning grant, we are thrilled to announce that The Institute of Museum and Library Services has recently awarded GSLIS with grant funding to pursue “App Authors: Closing the App Gap II.”
Led by principal investigator Deborah Stevenson and co-PI Kate McDowell, this multi-year grant project will focus on hands-on app creation as a way to encourage STEM involvement among young learners from diverse backgrounds. GSLIS will partner with schools and libraries across the country to develop a curriculum for children aged eight to twelve, for eventual use in other library and school settings. Through this project, children will both develop their own apps and share them with others, highlighting their achievements and learning about others’ as well.
Read more in the Letter from the CCB Director in the September newsletter, and stay tuned for more information as the project begins this fall.
CCB Open House and Galley Giveaway, September 16 at 5pm
Please join the faculty and staff of the Center for Children’s Books for our upcoming Annual Open House & Galley Giveaway on Wednesday, September 16 at 5 pm. Come to the Open House to get an overview of the center and its staff, as well as meet and mingle with GSLIS youth services faculty. This event also serves as the first Galley Giveaway of the school year, so stop by for some free pre-publication copies of books for kids and teens. We’ll also have Curtis Orchard cider and doughnuts for you to munch on… what better way to start the semester?
Volunteer Opportunity: Thomas Paine School Library, Urbana
Brianna Morgan, the librarian at Thomas Paine Elementary School in Urbana, is looking for students interested in working in a school library to assist with various tasks: helping with check out, checking in and shelving books, creating book displays, assisting with the implementation of library initiatives, special events, and other tasks as needed. A regular fall semester volunteer is preferred, but such a commitment is certainly not required. If you are interested, please contact Brianna Morgan at email@example.com. Thanks for your consideration!
Fall 2015 Schedule
The fall semester has finally begun! We are officially operating with our fall 2015 schedule, which will be in place through late December. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Upcoming CCB Events
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
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.