BELOIT—The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) has awarded Beloit Public Library a grant of $1,000 as part of the new East Asia in Wisconsin Library Program.

CEAS, a federally-funded National Resource Center for the study of East Asia, created the program to encourage Wisconsin libraries to augment their collections with East Asia-related materials, and to design new book clubs and other programing with an East Asian theme. This program is part of the center’s focus on promoting understanding of East Asian histories and cultures, and also aligns with the Wisconsin Idea mission of service to Wisconsin citizens beyond the boundaries of the classroom. CEAS partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Library Association, and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center to plan and promote the new program, which was launched in August.

Beloit Public Library’s grant was one of 38 awarded to libraries across Wisconsin, totaling $32,765 in awards. The grants will be used to purchase books and films about China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and also to host book clubs, speakers, and other related library programs.