CCBC Listserv Closes, STEAM lists from ALSC, and Black Comix Festival

ccblogcThe Cooperative Children’s Book Center has announced it will cease using its listserv and use its blog instead. Their press release read in part:  “At the time we launched CCBC-Net, listservs were on the cutting edge, and ours allowed for a vibrant, lively discussion of subjects near and dear to our hearts and our professions. We have had over 2,000 subscribers from all over the world and from many walks of life, and the listserv has seen some great discussions.

“Today, while listservs still have a place, they have been joined by blogs, Twitter feeds, Pinterest posts, and other forms of social media that offer different ways to connect and engage. Listservs are no longer the go-to form of social media for discussion and, as a result, we have observed a sharp decline in activity on CCBC-Net over the past few years. Our attempt to revitalize CCBC-Net in 2014 with changes that included individual book discussions and Q&A with authors and illustrators – while illuminating — did little to increase participation.

“For this reason, after much consideration and discussion, we have decided to bring the CCBC-Net listserv to a close at the end of this year. We’ll still be talking about books for children and teens, publishing trends, and essential issues in the world of children’s and young adult literature both here at the CCBC and online, via the CCBC’s blog, CCBlogC: Look for more author and illustrator interviews, too. That’s one thing we look forward to carrying forward in this new forum. As with CCBC-Net, we always welcome your suggestions of topics for discussion.”

ALSC announces Building STEAM with Día book list: The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has released new “Building STEAM with Día” book lists for children from birth to 8th grade. Intended to accompany El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día) programming, the four book lists are comprised of multicultural titles that showcase STEAM (Science,
Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) topics. The four Building STEAM with Día book lists are available for children from birth to Pre-K, kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade and 6th to 8th grade. PDFs of the reading lists are available online in full color and are free to download, copy and distribute. Book lists are available online at:

BCAFposterccc2Black Comix Arts Festival: The Black Comix Arts Festival will be held January 18-19, 2015, at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Speakers include cartoonist Keith Knight, and there will be a Kids Corner, a Cosplay event, and film screenings. Check out their website for more information.

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