Libraries Collection Is Focus of New CLACS Book Fellows Program

photo of books in Curriculum Collection

The UWM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) has awarded stipends to eleven Milwaukee Public School teachers and librarians to spend one week this summer exploring children’s and young adult book collections in the UWM Libraries Curriculum Collection, located on the second floor, east wing of the Golda Meir Library.

The awardees, or Book Fellows, will investigate ways to connect the books to their classrooms and libraries, and produce shareable curriculum plans that incorporate some of the books.

Established this year, the Book Fellows program was created to support more diverse books in classrooms and integration of diverse books in the curriculum.

Focal collections include

–the Américas Award, commending U.S. published children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinx in the United States

–the Pura Belpré Award, which recognizes outstanding books for children and youth that celebrate the Latino cultural experience written or illustrated by book creators of Latinx heritage.

–and the Libraries’ International Children’s and Young Adult Literature Collection, which highlights experiences from outside of the United States through literature, both in original languages and in translation.