Programs & events

Multicultural Children's Literature Programs.

Sponsored by the UWL School of Education and the Murphy Library Endowment Fund, the multicultural children's literature programs introduce the multicultural resources of Murphy Library and highlight its multicultural children's book collections to education students as well as teachers and librarians from school districts in the Coulee Region. 

These programs are a unique hands-on experience. Participants can browse through the award-winning books on display, interact with the speaker, and network with other area teachers, librarians, and other educators. Bibliographies of recommended sources by the speaker are available on the day of the event or electronically.

2015: Ethiopia - Featuring Children’s author Jane Kurtz

2014: India - Books Between Cultures - Featuring renowned author Mitali Perkins

2013: What We Should Know About Native People: A Writer's Perspective

2012: Issues Within Children's Literature that Represent Muslims

2011: New and Familiar Worlds: Latino/a Themed Literature

2010: African American Children's Literature: A Discussion of History and Books

2009: Native Americans and Children's Literature: A Discussion of Resources

2008: Hmong Resources for PK-Middle School

2007: International Resources for PK-Middle School



More about the value of multicultural programming:


1. The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children white paper. This paper, released by the Association for Library Services to Children, explores the fundamental role that libraries play in helping children make cross-cultural connections in an increasingly diverse society.