Alumna’s gift honored with 10th anniversary celebration

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 4:40:00 PM

In 2003, Dr. Patricia Cianciolo, ’49, donated her expansive personal collection of nearly 35,000 pieces of literature, illustrations, articles, and artworks to Stritch. The Cianciolo Children and Young Adult Literature Research Collection was celebrated at a 10th anniversary event on June 29, during Jubilarian Weekend.

Cianciolo’s niece, Jeri Rose, attended the anniversary celebration in honor of her late aunt, who passed away in 2012.

Geri Rose

The event featured three speakers and a range of topics including the evolution of illustrations in children’s books through the advancement of digital technology, the collection’s importance to the Stritch community, and ways in which elementary students creatively engage with the literature in the collection.

In addition to her interest in collecting literature, Cianciolo also wrote and published research on the subject. Her two books – “Picture Books for Children” and “Illustrations in Children’s Books” – are considered standards in the field, according to a citation of the International Reading Association in honoring her in 1995 with the Arbuthnot Award, which recognizes outstanding higher education instructors of children’s and young adult literature. In addition, she published more than 60 book chapters and journal articles and several studies on the use of children’s literature in elementary schools.

The Cianciolo Children and Young Adult Literature Research Collection includes every recipient of two prestigious accolades – the Newbery Medal Award and the Caldecott Medal Award, which honor excellence in children’s literature and illustrations for children’s literature. The collection is vital to educators, scholars and children alike, and is used in various capacities by the University. It is also is available for onsite use by others.

An online photo gallery from the event can be found here.