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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It!)

We've had a wonderful February here at the Center and we're looking forward to what March and the upcoming spring will hold.  There are a few new releases that we're really excited about (Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner due out 3/7 and The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz due out on 3/17 are just two that come to mind!). 

Upcoming Events

all american boys

We have two upcoming events that we are very excited about and we hope you are making plans to join us! First, on February 23, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m., The Center will be hosting the second meeting of our month YA Reads bookclub.  The club meets on the last Thursday of each month at Lawson McGhee Library in downtown Knoxville.  Participants enjoy engaging conversation about young adult literature.  This month's selection is All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.  For more information about the YA Reads book club visit our Facebook page at:

The second event that we hope you will participate in is the African American Read-In.  This is the third year The Center has hosted the event on the University of Tennessee campus.  This event will run from noon-6:00 p.m. and will showcase readings, texts, and performance art celebrating books written about and by African-American authors.  To sign up for a time to read, please email Center director, Dr. Susan Groenke at :

Coretta Scott King Awards

Just last month, the American Library Association presented their annual Youth Media Awards, which include many notable awards for children’s and young adult literature.  Among many awards presented were the Newbery Award for “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children,” (ALA, 2017), the Caldecott Award for “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book,” (ALA, 2017), and the Coretta Scott King Award for the “African American author and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions” (ALA, 2017).


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