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Welcome New Students!

Upcoming McConnell Events

McConnell Conference Poster Sessions

Author Spotlight

McConnell Conference

Martha Bennett Stiles

August—Get Ready for Kindergarten Month

Call for 2013 McConnell Breakout Session Proposals

Connecting with Characters Contest

The McConnell Center is a place where students can come to read and to conduct research, and also come together with peers and library professionals to discuss youth and their literature. We welcome all new students and hope to see you in the McConnell Center!


Kentucky Reading Association Conference

We also welcome all students to join the SLIS CATS (Children and Teen Services) Organizational meeting on August 20, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. in the McConnell Center. To RSVP for this event, please go to our Facebook page at or you can use our event registration form at

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August 18 at 7:00 p.m. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater August 20 at 4:00 p.m. SLIS CATS (Children’s and Teen Services) Meeting October 1 at 4:30 p.m. Good Enough to Eat: Come Devour a Banned Book October 13 at 7:00 p.m. McConnell Board Game Night!

Please RSVP on our Facebook pages or the new form found here for these events so we know approximately how many are coming or if we need to reschedule. ~Thanks!

Want to present at the 45th McConnell Conference? Fill out the Proposal form at by August 15, 2012!

Would you like to present a poster at the 2013 McConnell Conference? The 45th McConnell Conference will be at the Lexington Embassy Suites Hotel on March 1-2, 2013.

Guidelines  Poster must be on a tri-fold freestanding board. Boards must be in black or white.

The deadline for sign ups is September 28, 2012.

 Must have content that pertains to children’s library services, early literacy skills, or other topics that are pertinent to youth literature

Please direct questions to Dr. Reynolds at Poster session sign up information can be found here. McConnell Conference

 Content must be clear and concise

 Poster may be accompanied by handouts and/or business cards  Poster must include a title, the presenter’s name, and contact information.  It is recommended that the presenter include graphs, charts, and visual cues.


Every month leading up to the McConnell 2013 Conference, the McConnell newsletter will feature a new book review from one of our 2013 guest presenters. These reviews will introduce you to our authors and some of their work. If you have any books from our 2013 presenters you would like us to review, please send suggestions to:

“A tightly written first-person novel tells how 16-year-old Walker knows about the romance of two of his female classmates. While he understands the evil of intolerance— in this case homophobia in a rural community—he feels helpless, and tragedy ensues." —The New York Times Book Review

Desire Lines By Jack Gantos

Walker knows a secret. This secret could destroy lives and send the entire community into chaos. He did not want to be responsible for keeping this secret. While out alone one night camping under the stars, Walker stumbles upon two girls making love. In a community were being homosexual can have you run out of town; Walker is confused and questions how he will keep this secret. Especially since, the new preacher in town is on a witch hunt for homosexuals and labels Walker gay. Now the entire school is treating him like a parasite and bullying him mercilessly for being something he is not. The preacher boy hands him an ultimatum, either out the homosexuals in his school or be tortured daily with false taunts. Now Walker is caught up in a dilemma that is eating away at his soul. What should he do? What is right? How do you protect yourself in a community that only knows hate? Jack Gantos’ first teen novel will have you questioning your own morals and principles. Written first in the late nineties it tackles a subject that is difficult and confusing even by today’s standards. Nothing will prepare you for the ending and you will leave with more questions than answers. However, that is the beauty of the novel it makes you question yourself. Gantos, J. (1997). Desire lines. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Read A-likes Garden, N. (1982). Annie on my mind. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux. Kerr, M. E. (1994). Deliver us from Evie. New York: HarperCollins. Dole, M. L. (2008). Down to the bone. New York: HarperTeen.


McConnell Conference March 1-2, 2013 Embassy Suites Hotel, Lexington, KY

Martha Bennett Stiles new book, Sailing to Freedom, has been selected by the Kentucky Book Fair to be featured at the National Book Festival on the Mall in Washington, DC in late September. We are very excited to announce that local author Martha Bennett Stiles has been chosen for this honor! Look for the forthcoming book review on our blog.

Stiles, M. B. (2012). Sailing to freedom. New York: Henry Holt and Company.


August is Get Ready for Kindergarten Month. Almost 2 million children will be entering Kindergarten in the Fall. So what can you do prepare the children in your library? The American Library Association has provided a reading list of books that are recommended for Kindergarteners. ALA Recommendations for Ages 5-7 Keats, E. J. (1962). The snowy day. New York: Viking Press. Lobel, A., Lobel, A., & Harper & Row, Publishers. (1970). Frog and Toad are friends. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers. McCloskey, R. (1969). Make way for ducklings. New York: The Viking press. Sendak, M. (1963). Where the wild things Are. New York: Harper & Row. Steptoe, J. (1993). Mufaro's beautiful daughters: An African tale. New York: Mulberry. Viorst, J., & Cruz, R. (1972). Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. New York: Atheneum. You can also check out The Department of Education’s website to find information that is beneficial for kindergarteners and their parents.

Would you like to present a breakout session at the 2013 McConnell Conference? The 45th McConnell Conference will be at the Lexington Embassy Suites Hotel on March 1-2, 2013. Breakout sessions are to be 50minute informational or instructional programs related to youth literature. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2012.

Notifications of acceptance will be made by September 30, 2012. If you have any direct questions or concerns about the conference proposals, please contact Stephanie Reynolds at To submit a proposal for the 2013 McConnell Conference, please go to:


We are excited to announce the 2013 Connecting with Characters Contest. All kids in preschool through 12th grade in Kentucky or a neighboring state can enter. Sponsoring libraries and schools must register to participate by November 30, 2012. Entries must be received by January 18, 2013. The Contest is in conjunction with the 2013 McConnell Conference for Youth Literature, which will feature Jack Gantos, Dan Yaccarino and Selene Castrovilla. We hope that the Contest will provide an opportunity for the youth of Kentucky and the surrounding states to connect with the works of these wonderful contributors to the world of literature for youth. Participants could win a signed copy of Jack Gantos’s Dead End in Norvelt, the 2012 Newbery Medal Winner! There are also great titles available by Dan Yaccarino and Selene Castrovilla. More information is forth coming but be sure to check out our website at

Are you interested in children and teen outreach? Do you want first hand experience with planning programs and events for children and teens? The SLIS CATS group is the Children and Teen Services Organization on campus that is devoted to youth literature and outreach for the surrounding community. Our first meeting will be August 20th at 4:00 p.m. in the McConnell Center. All new and current students are welcome to join in our meeting!

Please RSVP for this event at or at


The KRA’s Annual Conference is taking place October 18-20, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Lexington, KY. KRA is a nonprofit affiliate of the International Reading Association (, a professional organization aimed at promoting reading for all. The McConnell Center is looking for students to help staff the McConnell booth at the KRA conference. If you are interested in staffing the McConnell booth, please contact Dr. Reynolds at or you can sign up for this event by going our Google form at Below is a list of registration fees and information. If you would like to register for this event, please go to for further information. 2012 Registration Fees Pre-conference Session -- Thursday, October 18 (Limited to 100 participants in each session) $20 – Suzanne Carothers from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (Early Childhood/elementary) $20 – Laura Robb from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (Intermediate/secondary) Early Bird Conference Fee (On or before September 30) KRA Member $100 KRA Non-member $120 Student $35 (must show student ID at registration desk) One Day Registration: Friday or Saturday KRA Members - $75 Non-Members - $85 Late Full Conference Fee (After September 30) KRA Member $110 KRA Non-member $130 Student $35 (must show student ID at registration desk) Late One Day Registration: Friday or Saturday KRA Members - $85 Non-Members - $95 Student - $35 (must show student ID at registration desk) Join KRA now and receive the KRA Member Conference Rate

(Membership Fee--$15)

Special Events Kentucky Bluegrass Awards Luncheon $15--Friday, October 19 (Limited to 250) Author’s Luncheon $15--Saturday, October 20 (Limited to 200)


STUDENT SECTION INFORMATION FOR SLIS STUDENTS Exceptional projects Middle Eastern Culture: Resources for All Ages, a project from Dr. Reynolds's Youth Literature for a Diverse Society:

of Middle Eastern descent, but is a jumping off point for those wishing to explore literature that features the Middle East in some way.

Overview This Middle East Wiki is designed to provide book and media resources and links for those seeking culturally authentic and diverse resources appropriate for children, juveniles, and young adults. The wiki also provides resources geared to assist adults who work with youth of all ages. This wiki is not considered a complete listing of all resources available on the topic of the Middle East or literature featuring those

Are you interested in attending the YALSA Symposium in St. Louis this November. Listed below is a short synopsis about the conference and registration information. We will be staying two nights at the hotel. The rooms are $105/night. However, we will be sharing rooms so this cost can be cut considerably. If you are interested in participating in the symposium, please contact Dr. Reynolds at Join the discussion on Facebook For more information also check out YALSA’s website at

find the next Big Thing? How will the changing face of today’s teen drive changes in content? What, besides words, will be in the digital future of young adult literature? Can looking into the past of the genre help us determine where we might be headed in the years to come? What factors play a role in determining what will become the Next Big Thing? Join YALSA as we explore what the future has in store for young adult literature and what or who may transform it.

Synopsis YALSA’s 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium will gather together librarians, educators, authors and publishers to explore what lies ahead for young adult literature, including trends in content, format and interaction. In an era where trends can rise and fall in the blink of an eye, how do we

$195 YALSA and Missouri Library Association and Missouri Association of School Librarians Members $245 ALA Personal Member $300 Nonmember $50 ALA Student Members

Fees Early bird registration is open through Sept. 16, 2012. Until then, registration costs:

Advanced registration begins Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 9. Rates after Sept. 16 are: $245 YALSA and Missouri Library Association and Missouri Association of School Librarians Members $295 ALA Personal Member $350 Nonmember $50 ALA Student Members


On the Blog: ARC Read & Review 2012! We have the following titles available for anyone who wants to read and review them for the McConnell Center blog at http:// New Books in the Center: Juvenile Fiction  Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles

Young Adult  52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

Our next discussion will be a  Just Flirt by Laura Bowers dinner discussion of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater  The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn on August 18 at 7:00 p.m. Find Miller Haines us on Facebook to RSVP for this event.  All These Lives by Sarah Wylie Graphic Novel

 Because of Dog and Other Dog  Marathon by Boaz Yakin, Stories edited by Ann M. Martin, illustrated by Joe Infurrnari illustrated by Aleksey & Olga Ivanov  Bloody Chester by J.T. Petty, illustrated by Hilary Florido

A vital gathering place for books and ideas, the McConnell Center is committed to identifying excellent literature for children and adolescents and to bringing this literature to the attention of those adults who have an academic, professional, career, or personal interest in connecting young readers with books. We maintain two main, non-

In the Center: Join us for the McConnell Center Reading Club!

circulating collections: Our Current Collection includes all books sent to us for review by publishers during the current year. The Permanent Collection is several collections of books maintained in the Center as a resource for students and librarians. It includes the Basic Collection, the Awardwinning Collection (Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, Morris, Pura Belpré, Sibert, and Orbis Pictus Awards), the Kentucky Collection (notable Kentucky authors and books about Kentucky), the Reference Collection, and the Periodical Collection. Our Fall 2012 hours are Monday & Tuesday 10 p.m.–3 p.m. and Wednesday & Thursday 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

You can find the McConnell Facebook Reading Group here: McConnellReadingGroup You can now RSVP for Center Events via the following form:

Please visit our website for more information: mcconnellcenter


August 2012 McConnell Newsletter  

Vol. 2, No. 2. Contents: Welcome New Students!; Upcoming McConnell Events; McConnell Conference Poster Sessions; Author Spotlight; McConnel...