CCBC Friends Fall 2014 Newsletter
(2014 no. 3)

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CCBC Friends Fall 2014 Newsletter
  • From the President
  • From the Director
  • Fall Event Recaps (we've been busy!)
  • Matching Gift Challenge
  • Mark Your Calendars 
and more!

Letter From the President

Dear Friends,

What a full and rich autumn we have had! In just a few months, we have celebrated, relished, examined, and snatched up excellent children’s literature. The season kicked off with a reception and presentation by Barbara Hennessy at the Grand Opening of the new CCBC space in  the Teacher Education Building. We can look forward to enjoying the CCBC’s new home for many, many years to come. During the Charlotte Zolotow Lecture, Paul Fleischman enchanted us with his author origin story, replete with anecdotes about his author-father, Sid, and beloved editor, Charlotte Zolotow (if you didn't attend, you can watch it here). Our Fall Book Sale in the new Elizabeth Burr room was a great success. Finally, we made many new Friends and learned many children’s literature facts as Kevin Henkes emceed the delightful CCBC Bowl, our first annual trivia contestI can’t wait to do it again next year! Throughout this fall, it has been you — the Friends — who have enriched these events with your energy and presence, whether physically or in spirit. It’s a great time to be a Friend of the CCBC. I hope to see you often at upcoming events.
Be well,
Maegan Heindel
President, Friends of the CCBC

Letter From the Director

Come Visit the New CCBC!
The CCBC has been bustling with activity since our move to the Teacher Education Building in August. We’ve already hosted book examination groups from several school districts around the state as well as public librarians from various parts of Wisconsin.

Education students have been finding us easily in our new location, so we’ve seen an uptick in library users. An especially popular feature with the students is our new galley giveaway shelf. We replenish frequently and students have learned to stop by to check out what’s new (and free!).

We've had several visits from book creators, too, including a surprise visit from Susan Guevara, who was in Wisconsin to visit a friend, and José Luis Orozco and his son, Luis, who were passing through Madison on their way to the Sheboygan Book Festival. Because of our location in the middle of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, we were able to alert our faculty colleagues, and Professor Maggie Hawkins was able to take a break from her Bilingual Education class to come in with a few students to meet Mr. Orozco, the author of several bilingual books (pictured above with Maggie and her students). 

Author Kekla Magoon also visited the CCBC when she was in Wisconsin to speak at the SCBWI-WI conference and do some school visits in Madison. As serendipity would have it, while she was here her new young adult novel, How It Went Down, arrived in a shipment of fall books from Henry Holt. (The book is fabulous, by the way. Check it out!)

Wisconsin author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and his wife, Jan Miller, also stopped by recently to check out the new CCBC and to find out more about what we do here. Their visit was timed so they could participate in the CCBC Bowl later that evening.

The CCBC also hosted the School of Education’s Board of Visitors in October. They spent the afternoon meeting in our new Elizabeth Burr Room, and then enjoyed a reception, tour and presentation about the CCBC and what we do here. One of the Board members is Mark Tauscher and, as a football fan, it was a real thrill for me to see a former Packer here at the CCBC. He has also started his own foundation to promote literacy, particularly among kids who struggle with reading, as he did as a child.

And we had a very special visit from longtime Friends Lois Ehlert and Jane Botham, who came to town to check out the beautiful Ehlert flowers that were recently added to a glass wall in the CCBC. Lois has done so many things to contribute to the look of the CCBC over the years, from picking out furniture to covering a bland cement pillar in our old location with bright orange fabric, that the UW designers immediately understood our particular aesthetic. It’s not a surprise that the flowers look terrific.

If you have not yet visited, you’re welcome any time. We’d love to show you around.

KT Horning
Director, CCBC
With a LOT of Help from Our Friends!
The work involved in making the move to our new home on the fourth floor of the Teacher Education Building on the UW-Madison campus was made lighter thanks to many helping hands. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help us get ready beforehand by tagging our collection for the new security system, and who assisted once we got to the new location with installing shelves into bookcases and putting books onto the shelves. Many hands — and Friends!  — indeed…
Jason Anderson
Chris Antonuzzo
Carin Bringelson
Laura Brown
Adam Blust
Kim Dahl
Val Edwards
Jean Elvekrog
Nick Glass
Nancy Gloe
Laura Holt
B.J. Ihlenfeldt
Madge Klais
Hilda Kuter
Jeanette Lee
Lynne MacAdam
Ann O'Rourke
Helen Read
Evie Robillard
Ray Roushar
Patti Sinclair
Mark Sullivan
Angie Sparks
Julie Weis
In addition to members of the Friends, we want to give a special shout-out to Carin Bringelson, who coordinated efforts to have staff members from come to the CCBC (old and new locations) on two occasions, and to Anna Lewis, Assistant Director of MERIT in the School of Education. Anna and others from MERIT made our first crazy days in the Teacher Education Building, when we had literally dozens of carts of books scattered throughout the building, a lot less crazy. Every time we turned around, one or more of the MERIT staff were there with warm smiles and helping hands, not to mention great food.

Thank you! 
~KT, Megan, Merri, and Emily

Fall Friends Events in Review

Charlotte Zolotow Lecture
(Photos: J. Matzner) 

Paul Fleischman delivered the 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture, titled "Some Things Go Together: Making Books with Charlotte Zolotow," on Wednesday evening, October 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the Great Hall of Memorial Union on the UW-Madison campus.
Did You Miss the 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture?

Thanks to MERIT, we have it on film! You can watch it here.
CCBC Grand Opening 
(Photos: J. Matzner)

On October 17, the CCBC hosted an open house so that members of the Friends would have a chance to see the new CCBC and hear from Friends member B. G. (Barbara) Hennessy, who shared her perspectives about where children’s books are right now and where they are headed in the future. 
More than seventy-five Friends showed up for this event, which was scheduled in conjunction with the Wisconsin Book Festival.  
The next day, Barbara spoke to families at Madison Public Library, where she introduced them to her latest  book, A Christmas Wish for Corduroy. While she was speaking there, a block or so away another Friends member, Ann Bausum, delivered a dynamic talk to a standing-room-only crowd at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. Her presentation, “Armed with Nonviolence: Stories from the Fight for Human Rights,” was co-sponsored by the Friends along with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
Successful Fall Friends Book Sale
This fall’s CCBC Book Sale marked some positive changes for the longstanding, biannual tradition. First, the sale naturally had to move from Helen C. White along with the CCBC itself. The sale was held in the new Elizabeth Burr room, which provided a nice flow for the sale. Borrowed book trucks from MERIT library made books more visible than ever before.
Second, nearby storage made restocking possible during the sale. The CCBC librarians designated boxes to be put out several times during the day on Saturday. This ensured that whenever shoppers arrived, new and interesting titles were available. Some customers even returned to check the selection again!
Finally, a Friends-only pre-sale was added this year as another perk for Friends members. For the first time this fall, Friends not only received a discount on books, but they were also allowed to arrive shop before the general public at a Friends-only pre-sale. Many Friends took advantage of this opportunity!
We can all look forward to another great Book Sale in the spring. Details will be announced soon!
The First Annual CCBC Bowl!
(Photos: J. Matzner)

On Friday, November 7th, the Friends of the CCBC held the first annual CCBC Bowl! The friends created this children's literature trivia contest in order to celebrate the mission of the CCBC, celebrate the Friends, and have a whole lot of fun along the way!  
The Bowl was also a "Friend-raiser." Instead of a having a cover charge or ticket fee, current Friends of the CCBC were asked to bring at least 1 new Friend as their ticket price. This was a great way to raise awareness about the Friends and the CCBC, and it was also a great way for people to meet new people, and make wonderful connections.
Quiz Master Kevin Henkes made the evening even more fun by reading the questions, some of which were about his own books! We all hoped we didn't get those incorrect! 
Almost 100 Friends (new and old!) formed groups, created punny group names, participated in a healthy competition for some pretty brag-worthy prizes, and snacked on wonderfully named treats. 
CCBC Librarians KT, Merri, Megan, and Emily wrote the questions for the bowl. Merri and Megan also kept track of scores from their post in The Lightbulb Lab. Emily was the careful timekeeper. 

The groups thoughtfully considered their answers and whispered ideas.
It was wonderful to see so many Friends come together, meet new Friends, and listen to the wonderful discussions about children's books, libraries, and how best to wear a crown like Lilly! 
A silent auction was also part of the night and included many wonderful books, including signed editions, and prints. We received donations from the CCBC, Friends members, authors, and publishers. Thank to all!
Awards were given for first, second, and third place. Third place and second place received homemade Babe the Blue Ox chocolates — delicious consolations!

And first place received the coveted Babe the Blue Ox Trophy along with copies of three of Kevin Henkes' books for each member of the winning group. Kevin was kind enough to sign books for the winning team members as well. 

The traveling Babe Trophy will be with the winning group until next year's competition, when it will be passed on (or successfully defended!). 

What a night indeed!


The First Annual CCBC Bowl in the News!

The First Annual CCBC Bowl also received some press attention. If you missed the articles, check out the features in Publisher's Weekly, the Wisconsin State Journal, and on the School of Education News Page.
Special Gift, Special Opportunity
The CCBC was recently surprised with the news that longtime
Friends Chuck and Helen Read are offering a challenge grant to their
fellow Friends to raise money to help make the new CCBC space even better!
                       (Photo: J. Matzner)

Chuck and Helen will match every contribution to the CCBC through the UW Foundation dollar for dollar for the next $10,000 that comes in. Your gift on behalf of the CCBC can now go twice as far! You can contribute to this matching gift by donating to the CCBC General Fund through the UW Foundation. The CCBC General Fund supports all aspects of the CCBC's work. Donations are accepted online, and you a mailing to Friends members went out this weeks. (Photo above, left to right: Chuck Read, Paul Fleischman, Helen Read.)
We’d like to extend a very special thank you to Chuck and Helen. 
CCBC and Multicultural Literature
The CCBC continues to receive calls and emails related to their annual statistics about multicultural literature. The March 15, 2014, New York Times' editorials by Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers, which quoted the CCBC statistics, are still having an impact even eight months later, and interest in the work the CCBC does has not died down. If you missed it, CCBC Director KT Horning had a feature story in the May issue of School Library Journal,  “Children’s Books: Still and All-White World?” KT will also be speaking on a panel about the subject at ALA Midwinter in January.

Letter From
the Membership Director

Thank you all for your continued support of the Friends of the Cooperative Children's Book Center! This has been an exciting and busy time for the Friends. 

Late last summer, a number of Friends were able to help the CCBC with the move to a beautiful new location in the Teacher Education Building on the UW Madison Campus. This fall, besides regular events like the Charlotte Zolotow Lecture, given by Paul Fleishman this year, and the Friends of the CCBC Book Sale, Friends also had a chance to enjoy the CCBC Grand Re-opening and the very first CCBC Bowl, which brought many new members to the Friends! 

We continue to improve our communication with our valued members. Please be sure to keep us up-to-date with your correct contact information so we can keep you informed of the most current Friends happenings. Also, if you have not yet renewed, be sure to renew by January 1! You can easily renew through our online form

Thank you,
Jamey Stanosz
Membership Director, Friends of the CCBC

Welcome New Friends! 

We are looking forward to a great year together!
Amy Adams
Lindsay Barcus
Brooke Bateman-Plumb
Amy Beckett
Julie Beckett
Rachel Byrd-Feller
Maria Cavicchio
Chia Hsiung Chen
Erin Chung
Terri Connelly Cronk
Leigh Danner
Julia Davis
Katrina Dombrowsky
Katherine Elchert
Linda Endlich
Carlos Espinoza
Kate Ewing
Tammy Federspiel
Nell Fleming
Sue Fondrie
Franklin Public Library
Amanda Geske
Brittany Gitzlaff
Debra Glenn
Hannah Heide
Nicole Heise
Samantha Jackson
Laurel Kailin
Kate Kurek 
Mary Kate Kwasnik
Jan Miller & Tom Lichtenheld
Minetta Lippert
Erin Look 
Marcia Lund
Taylor Mattson

Jenny McBurney
Katie McEnaney
Marie Messinger
Lynn Montague
Carmen Montopoli
Angie, Jack, & Maggie Morgan
Grace Morgan
Kayla Murphy
Duy, Hlary & Amalia Nguyen

Mary Ostrander
Erica & Marge Palleon
Lauren Pan
Kristin Papoi
Maria Parrott-Ryan
Jason Penckofer
Deborah Percival
Laura Ochoa Podell
Jeffrey Riemann
Michelle Silbersack
Paula Steigerwald
Holly Storck Post
Jennifer Takahashi
Tonya Tubbs
Michelle Uppena
Brad Van Epps
Carolyn Vidmar
Melissa Wimmler
Sue Wintheiser
Mei Zhang
Sandy Zuehlke

Give a CCBC Gift this 
Holiday Season 

Need Holiday Gift Ideas?
Consider making a donation to the Friends of the CCBC or one of the CCBC Funds in the name of a friend or family member. You can also gift a Friends MembershipThe Friends Board members have created an online card you can either email or print out for your recipient. 
You can purchase these gifts online or email questions to our Membership Director, Jamey Stanosz at

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Friends Events!
Save the Date: Choices Day 2015!

Save the date for 2015 Choices Day on Saturday, March 7th.
We look forward to celebrating Choices and the Friends!

The Friends annual meeting will also be held that day.

(The Spring book sale date is yet to be determined
but will NOT be held the same day as Choices Day.)

More details and formal invitation coming in early 2015
The 2015
Charlotte Zolotow Lecture!
We’re pleased to announce that the 2015 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture will be delivered by Yuyi Morales on Tuesday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Marquee Theater in Union South. The CCBC librarians have heard Yuyi speak a number of times at the Pura Belpré Award presentation at ALA, and they can attest to the fact that she is always an amazing, dynamic, and creative speaker. You won’t want to miss her lecture, so be sure to save the date! 

CCBC Friends Board

Board of Directors 2014-2015

President: Maegan Heindel 
Vice President: Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser 
Treasurer: Amanda Youngs 
Recording Director: Sarah Wendorf 
Membership Director: Jamey Stanosz 
Director-at-Large: Catherine Baer
Director-at-Large: Mary Morgan 
Ex Officio: KT Horning, CCBC director 

Interested in Joining the Board?

The nominating committee will be meeting soon to develop a roster of candidates for the coming year. 
Please contact Maegan Heindel,
Board President, at 
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