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The MSU Libraries have established a new collection of children's literature, now available in the Main Library on 1-East, near the Browsing Collection.
The collection is especially targeted to the needs of education students, but everyone is welcome to use it!
The focus of the collection is diversity-related children's literature. The library received a $20,000 grant from MSU’s Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives to start the collection of diversity-related children’s literature to support students in teacher education.
“Teaching about diversity and tolerance are becoming more important in the elementary school curriculum,” explains education librarian Jill Morningstar, “and children’s literature, rather than textbooks, is especially important in this topic area.”
The East Lansing Public Library has been a valuable partner in the MSU library’s service to education students, and our InterLibrary Services department has filled hundreds of requests for children’s books by borrowing from public libraries around the state. But, having an on-site collection in this genre will be more convenient for students, and will also allow us to be more responsive to faculty purchase requests.
Several faculty members and graduate TAs are already using the new collection greatly in assignments for students to evaluate diversity, multicultural, and international literature.
Below: Education librarian Jill Morningstar with our children's book collection.
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