Tennessee’s only Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature works to promote the use of literature in the education and lives of children and young adults by providing workshops for teachers and librarians, and sponsoring talks by authors and illustrators which are open to the public. Publishers of children’s and young adult books place review copies of their most recently published books in the Center, where they are available for study within the Center by librarians, students, teachers and the public. This program started in 1999 and engages approximately 10 UT faculty members and 150 students each year.
Community partners include Knox County Public Library, the Webb School of Knoxville, Oak Ridge Public Schools, Athens City Schools, Maryville City Schools, East Tennessee History Society Project, and Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative. University of Tennessee partners include the College of Communication and Information, the School of Information Sciences, the University Libraries, the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, and the University Bookstore.
Impact on UT
Students and Faculty from UT’s highly regarded education, children’s literature and information science programs have access to large and unique collection of children and young adult literature. Programming, presentations, and a graduate teaching assistantship associated with the center all promote learning opportunities for many members of the UT community.
Impact on Community
The center benefits literacy, learning, social, emotional, and aesthetic development for young people and their parents. A non-circulating collection of quality literature is available to current and future teachers, librarians, and the general public. The general public may also access and benefit from center lecture series by important authors, illustrators and artists. The center provides for ongoing professional and public discussion and inquiry about important literary, artistic and social issues surrounding youth literature. The center facilitates ongoing collaboration between schools, libraries, professionals, scholars, and the larger public community.
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