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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.

Monday, March 16 - CANCELLED
6 p.m., Methodist College
The Help U Give:
Becoming a Community Change Agent
The focus of the symposium is awareness and advocacy. Our goal is to educate participants about underserved and underrepresented populations in our community and inspire participants to become community change agents.
The symposium will open with a speaker discussing the needs and opportunities for change in our greater Peoria area community. Then there will be rotating breakout sessions. Each session will focus on a different underserved and underrepresented population in our community. The speaker of each session will be a community leader who advocates for that particular population. The sessions will provide awareness of the population and how we, as members of our community, can be change agents. Each session will conclude with time for questions. The symposium will conclude with a debriefing question and answer session along with refreshments.
Schedule:
6:00 – 6:30 Welcome & Key Note Speaker
6:30 – 8:00 Breakout Sessions
8:00 – 8:30 Questions and Wrap-Up with refreshments


Tuesday, March 17
6:30 p.m., Lakeview Branch
Book Discussion of On the Come Up by Angie Thomas.

Thursday, March 19 - POSTPONED
12:30 p.m. at Methodist College
Book Talk: Code Switching
For more information, call 309-672-4937 

Tuesday, March 24
6:00 p.m. at Lakeview Branch
“How Do We Move Through Our City?”
Sarah Glover will lead a discussion focusing not only on how we move through our city, but also on the things that unite and divide our community.  To reserve a spot or learn more, please contact Roberta at 497-2186 or RobertaKoscielski@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us.

Wednesday, March 25
2:15 p.m., Lakeview Branch
Book discussion of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Thursday, March 26
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Branch
Program on Implicit Bias, led by Kat Bloompott.

Saturday, March 28

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Lakeview Branch
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.

Sunday, March 29
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., North Branch
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. Additionally, 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.

Tuesday, March 31- CANCELLED
5 p.m., Main Library Auditorium
Poverty Simulation Program with the United Way
Poverty simulations are designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live as a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income individuals and families. This program is presented in collaboration with Heart of Illinois United Way. To reserve a spot or learn more about this event, please contact Roberta Koscielski at 497-2186 or RobertaKoscielski@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us.

Saturday, April 4
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Main Library
Moderated Discussion with representatives from Peoria schools, police and cross-section of the community.

Monday, April 20
12:30 p.m. at Methodist College
Book Talk: The Hate U Give

For more information, call 309-672-4937