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Please find details to link to these meeting on Peoria Public Library’s Facebook Events page or email programming@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us for Zoom meeting details.


Friday, September 11
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., via Zoom
Linguistic Identity and the Importance of Code-Switching in "The Hate U Give"

Claudia Sanchez will define the terms ‘linguistic identity’ and ‘code-switching’ and will explore these concepts in relation to the book "The Hate U Give." This talk will explore how understanding these concepts can prevent us from making assumptions of understanding the struggle that underrepresented minorities face on a daily basis.
From an academic standpoint, Sanchez has taught the importance of understanding these terms in both General Linguistics courses at Illinois State University, and First-Year writing courses at both Illinois State University and Millikin University. Sanchez enjoys tackling these topics in the different settings in hopes that she can give African-American students a voice in the classroom when talking about social issues and help non-African-American students get an idea of the kind of struggles their peers had to navigate for most of their lives.

Friday, September 18
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., via Zoom
Between Expectations: Underrepresented Students’ Academic and Cultural Struggles

David Hansen will discuss his experiences working with Native American students in a community college setting and the connections to Starr Carter’s struggles in The Hate U Give. Having been an instructor for over a decade at Bay de Noc Community College in Upper Michigan, Hansen has seen the struggles that underrepresented students, in particular Native students, face when trying to succeed in what can be perceived as an institution perpetuating the dominant white culture. Between feeling ostracized by their predominantly white peers/instructors and simultaneously feeling pressured to remain on the reservations by their own family members due to history relating to Indian Schools, Native students, like Starr, can become trapped between two worlds. Hansen, who is also a PhD candidate in English Studies at Illinois State University, will share his experiences in the classroom, suggest resources from Native created sites, and discuss why a formal education can be far more difficult to complete than outsiders would imagine. David Hansen is a PhD Candidate in English Studies at Illinois State University and Adjunct Faculty at Bay de Noc Community College.

Thursday, October 1
6 p.m. to 7 p.m., via Zoom
Between Expectations: Underrepresented Students’ Academic and Cultural Struggles
As part of our ongoing exploration into how our 2020 Peoria Reads! book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, relates to our community, join us for a conversation about Implicit Bias.
Kat Bloompott is an assistant professor of nursing at Bradley University and doctoral student at Illinois State University with a research focus of LGBTQI+ in nursing curricula. She notes that growing up in some of the poorest areas of Peoria she has seen firsthand the effect implicit biases have on people and communities. Everyone has implicit biases and that is normal, but by exploring our biases we can learn from them and make sure we don't cause others harm. In this brief presentation, Bloompott will explain the meaning of implicit biases, the impact it has on people and the community, and how we can overcome our implicit biases.



Past Events

Tuesday, Jan. 28
6 p.m., City Hall

Official kick-off of the Peoria Reads 2020 selection with a proclamation at Peoria City Council meeting.

Tuesday, Feb. 4
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Lakeview Branch
The Hate U Give: Peoria Reads Discussion for Educators

Join Bradley University professor Melinda McBee Orzulak to discuss different teaching methods and supplemental resources related to this book. Educators who have or will teach this book are invited to share their experiences with others and to discuss ideas for tapping into Peoria Reads events in Spring 2020. Professional development credit is available.
Please register by calling 497-2200.

Thursday, Feb. 20
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., North Branch

Film showing of The Hate U Give

Tuesday, February 25
12:30 p.m. at Methodist College
Book Talk: We Need Diverse Books

For more information, call 309-672-4937

Tuesday, February 25
6:00 p.m. at Lakeview Branch
“What Does Empathy Look Like”

Sarah Glover of Bradley University will lead a discussion focusing on how we respond to the suffering of others.  To reserve a spot or learn more, please contact Roberta at 497-2186 or RobertaKoscielski@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us.

Wednesday, February 26
5:00 p.m. at Methodist College
Poverty Simulation

For more information, call 309-672-4937 

Sunday, March 1
1:30 p.m., Lincoln Branch
Film showing of The Hate U Give followed by discussion with Colleen Karn, assistant professor of English at Methodist College.

Sunday, March 8
3 p.m., North Branch
Book discussion of a related book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt.

Saturday, March 14
2 p.m., North Branch
Film showing of The Hate U Give followed by discussion with Colleen Karn, assistant professor of English at Methodist College.