The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Our Outreach and Communications Coordinator is a dedicated student and staff member who enables us to connect with the professional and local community through such activities as storytelling and other programming with community organizations, external themed displays, special events, and participation in university-wide events such as the Youth Literature Festival.

For more information on outreach events and activities, or to enquire about an outreach partnership, contact the Outreach and Communications Coordinator by email at or by phone at (217) 333-4132.

Current Outreach Programs

Mix IT Up! Grant

The CCB Outreach Coordinator allows the CCB to be involved with Mix IT Up!, a GSLIS initative funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services that is aimed at increasing information technology (IT) skills among youth, reconfiguring youth services librarianship and advocacy, and increasing sustainable and equitable student-community engagement. Through Mix IT Up!, our outreach coordinator is able to work with a number of community partnerships and contribute to critical discussion about youth services librarianship and advocacy. For more about current Mix IT Up! activities, see the Mix IT Up! blog.

Tap In Leadership Academy Partnership

In summer 2012, the CCB hosted a book club in conjunction with Tap In Leadership Academy for middle school girls. Participants were encouraged to read books of their own choosing and then write about their reading process and reviews of the books. Their work was collected on a blog,

In fall 2012, the CCB developed this partnership with a book club in which all the participants read the same book, Drama by Raina Telgemeier. Their blog is available here:

Odyssey Project Outreach

In Spring of 2013, the CCB began a partnership with the Odyssey Project, a program of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and the College of Education that provides free college-accredited courses for low-income community members. As part of this partnership, our outreach coordinator works with Odyssey to develop workshops and do activities for their free childcare service, which we hope will culminate in the printing of a book created by the kids involved in the program.

Walter Dean Myers Visit to Champaign

Mr. Walter Dean Myers

The CCB sponsored a visit to Champaign-Urbana by National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Mr. Walter Dean Myers. On March 26, Myers spoke at Central High School, the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center, and the Douglass Branch of the Champaign Public Library. For for information about Myers's visit, see our Walter Dean Myers visit information page. Pictures coming soon.

Youth Literature Festival 2012

Check out the CCB's involvement in the Youth Literature Festival, sponsored by the College of Education on October 6.

International Storytimes at Urbana Free Library

The CCB works with Title VI research centers at the University of Illinois, including the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies to support their storytime events at the Urbana Free Library and Champaign Public Library.