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Mission Statement

Grand Opening, November 2009

The University of Tennessee Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature believes that literature is essential to the literacy, learning, social, emotional and aesthetic development of young people.

Guided by this belief, it is the mission of the Center 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.

We accomplish this mission by promoting discussion about literature in the following ways:

  • Maintaining and promoting a non-circulating, current examination collection of quality children’s and young adult literature
  • Designing and offering a lecture series of significant authors, illustrators and artists
  • Facilitating deep discussion and open inquiry about important literary, artistic and social issues surrounding literature for youth
  • Creating and facilitating outreach opportunities through partnerships and collaboration among schools, libraries, professionals, scholars and the community at large.