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UCF CMC: Helping to the Build the Future

Fall into the CMC

Welcome Back! There is a lot going on in the CMC, and we want to share it with you!


First and foremost, a major staff change. But, don't fret! You're in good and capable hands.


Dr. Yolanda Hood is the new CMC Department Head. She arrived late this summer from the University of Northern Iowa where she was Associate Professor and Youth Librarian at Rod Library. She worked with numerous departments while there, including the First Year Program and the College of Education. She also provided professional development for teachers and librarians across the state of Iowa and some pretty nifty programming for children and teens as well. And, if that's not enough, she has also served in various leadership roles in professional organizations. As a matter of fact, she just finished serving on the Coretta Scott King Book Award Jury for the American Library Association.


Before her time at the University of Northern Iowa, she worked at universities in Georgia and North Carolina, a museum in Massachusetts, and various arts organizations throughout the United States. Rumor has it that she even taught 7th Grade Language Arts and 9th and 10th grade English for a brief time.


So, what will this mean for the CMC? It means that the CMC will have a very energetic, multi-disciplinary, dedicated advocate for the CMC, its services and resources. And, what does it mean for the College of Education and Human Performance? You have a colleague who is very happy to be here and looks forward to working with you and your students in every possible way.


The CMC is a good place to be and now is the time to fall on in!

Books on the Radar

One thing that is hard to keep up with are the thousands of youth titles that are published every year. But, it's important to stay current and relevant. So, we're listing some very good, recently published titles that you might want to pick up and check out. Here are 5 that just might knock your socks off! Click on the links below to see the book covers!


Son by Lois Lowry--That's right! Lowry has finally provided the "satisfying" ending that we've all been waiting for since the publication of The Giver.


A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle/Hope Larson---“It was a dark and stormy night…..” Who doesn't remember that classic first line in this classic tale of good vs. evil? Meg Murry, Charles Murry, and Calvin O’Keefe go in search of the Murrys’ father, a government scientist, who has mysteriously disappeared after working on a project called a Tesseract. First published in 1962, a recipient of the 1963 Newbery Medal, this book has impacted lives the world over. And, still is impacting them today in an amazingly well-done, award-winning, graphic novel format!


Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons---A nonfiction piece that covers the lifespan of the ladybug. You're bound to learn something you didn't know. And, Gibbons has provided a work that is packed with her trademark illustrations ONLY this time you won't be overwhelmed with information overload. So, this one is safe to share with even your youngest readers!


More by I.C. Springman---A picture book that is perfect for the earliest of readers and a GREAT way to talk about consumerism/need/sustainability with the youngest readers. A magpie who can't stop collecting items gets a little help from his friend, Mouse, when it all becomes too much.

Hunger Games in the Classroom Workshop

We love those books that draw kids and adults in, even the ones who don't like to read. You know? The books we all buzz about, even talk with complete strangers about because the characters seem so real, the action so thrilling. Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy falls into this category. So, well liked by so many! And, ripe for classroom use. But, can a book that seems so brutal really be for the classroom? You bet it can! Join us on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 3-6pm, in the CMC, to learn from local teachers and librarians how they are using Hunger Games in their classrooms. The workshop will end with a mini live action game! Want more info? Click on the links below!


May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor!


CMC Workshop

Staying on Top of Things

Here, you'll find interesting articles, trends, ideas and so forth. This month, something from our very own! Children & Libraries Summer/Fall 2013 Vol. 11, no. 2, pg.29-34


An Inconvenient Truth: The Underground Railroad and Quilts in Children's Picturebooks

Manipulative Matters

Speaking of History....


Exploring History Through Primary Sources is on display in the CMC. These resources are made available by Teacher Created Materials Publishing. The boxed sets include a teacher guide, student activities, and lesson plans. Also included are copies of photos, diary entries, maps, letters, and other primary sources for a number of historical/political moments.


Do a title search in the catalog for "Exploring History Through Primary Resources" and you'll find out which ones we have!


Also on display-- Zombies! They are everywhere-tv, movies, music, games! One never knows when they are coming, so be prepared. To help you with that, Mary Rubin has prepared an excellent display of Zombie Fiction and Nonfiction (yes, and it's good) in the CMC. Come in and Check it out!

CMC Orientations

Faculty! Don't forget to call or email if you would like your class to have a face-to-face orientation to the CMC. We are striving to have the best CMC in the state of Florida, and we want UCF students to know about CMC resources and to utilize each and every one in your classes and in the schools. Don't hesitate! Give us a call!