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Community Engagement Incentive Grant: Ken Wise

Library of the Early Mind

The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (CCYAL) hosted the screening of the acclaimed new film, “Library of the Early Mind: A Documentary Exploring Children’s Literature,”  as part of a Focus on Children’s Literature Conference.

Ken Wise

Ken Wise

CCYAL, founded in 1998, is an academic outreach partnership of the School of Information Sciences; the College of Education, Health and Human Services; and a consortium of teachers and librarians representing area public and school libraries.

The mission of the Center is to celebrate and promote literature and to encourage reading through outreach to children and their parents; to current and future teachers and librarians; to members of the community; and to scholars and thinkers across disciplines.

The film screening and panelist discussion was both a public offering of the Center and incorporated into the curriculum for a 300-level Information Sciences course: Books and Related Materials for Children.

Two hundred paid registrants participated in the conference. Members of the university’s academic community interacted with the local teaching community to explore and discuss the many, and often controversial, issues of current importance to the study of children’s and young adult literature.