The EWU Curriculum Center at the JFK Library

April 16, 2022 By Amy Laskowski

The EWU Curriculum Center houses a wide variety of books and materials, including children’s and young adult fiction and non-fiction, comics and graphic novels, curricula for core and elective disciplines from preschool through 12th grade, books on CD, children’s magazines, teaching kits and tools, and more. The collection serves not only EWU Education and Children’s Studies students and faculty, but also local teachers, homeschooling families, and other members of the community. The collection is heavily used – its roughly 30,000 titles make up less than 10% of the circulating books in the JFK library, but account for over 30% of the library’s book circulation activity in an average year – and in recent years has been toured as a model space by directors of similar centers at public and private universities in the region.

The Center’s collections are improved every year by the purchase of new award-winning and recommended titles for all age groups and subject areas, including a commitment to growing the Center’s collection of bilingual materials and materials in languages other than English. Recent diversity audits of the picture book collection have helped broaden the Center’s representation of race and ethnicity, and of gender identity and sexual orientation. The Center’s long-term goal is to address representation along other axes of diversity, as well, including disability and socioeconomic status, so that the children and teenagers served by the Center’s collections see themselves, their families, and their communities reflected in the books they read.

The Center annually hosts dozens of instruction sessions for EWU undergraduate and graduate courses, and has a long history of welcoming visiting K-12 class field trips, preschool storytelling events, EWU student club meetings, and other gatherings for organizations and groups in the community. If you are interested in touring the Curriculum Center, in learning more about its collections or spaces, or in finding ways to help support the Center’s mission, please contact the Education and Children’s Studies Librarian, James Rosenzweig, at or at 509.359.4262.

Experts Directory

Find EWU faculty and staff who are experts in diverse subjects.