About the Butler Center

Open hours: 1:30-5 Wednesday and Friday, or by appointment butler@dom.edu

The Butler Children’s Literature Center at Dominican University commits itself to imagination and wonder, encouraging and supporting adults in libraries, classrooms, childcare centers, and homes to engage young people with good books.


The owl is Effie Lee Morris’s personal symbol and represents the young reader, who is the “fourth owl” after the three first identified by New York Public Librarian Anne Carroll Moore in 1924 (author, illustrator, editor).

We run monthly Butler Book Banter (B3) book discussion events; host an annual lecture, and invite anyone interested in books for ages 0-18 to visit us and browse the collections.

The Butler Center is open to the public during our stated hours, or by request to the curator at butler@dom.edu. Visit us to look at the newest books published for young people in the United States, talk about what we’re reading, collect a recommendation (or five), or just enjoy the space.

Our collections include the examination collection, which includes most of the newly-published books for kids and teens during the current year; as well as several collections of historical value: The Effie Lee Morris Collection of African American Books (and several hundred owl figurines!), the Ellin Greene Storytelling Collection, the BJ Kass Collection, and the Zena Sutherland Collection.

The annual Butler Lecture aims to bring to campus nationally-known authors and illustrators. Former Butler Lecturers include Ed Young, Jane Yolen, LeUyen Pham,  Christian Robinson, and Holly Black.

The Butler Children’s Literature Center and the Butler Lecture Series are generously supported by the Butler Family Foundation, Lynne Butler Adams, and an anonymous donor.

  Diane Foote, curator of the Butler Center since 2015, has over two decades of experience working with books for youth. She chaired the 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast and currently serves as a member of the 50th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Task Force and the ALSC Distinguished Service Award Committee. She has served as fiscal officer and a member of the board of directors for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA. She was a member of the 2010 John Newbery Award Selection Committee and the 2011 and 2012 Coretta Scott King Book Award Juries, and co-chaired the ALSC Preconference Planning Committee for the 2013 event that celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois, and is a former executive director of ALSC, a former associate editor of Book Links magazine, and a former marketing director with Holiday House. She is the editor of ALSC Popular Picks for Young Readers (ALA Editions, 2014) and has written hundreds of reviews of children’s and parenting books for Booklist and Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Chicago with her family.

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