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This guide highlights resources helpful for education majors or those using education-related information and collections.

image of profile box for Karen WanamakerHello! Welcome to the Education LibGuide.

My name is Karen Wanamaker. I am the Education Librarian here at Kutztown University. You will find my profile box (pictured to the right) on each page of this guide at the bottom of the left column.


  • I will be doing a flexible schedule for Fall 2020. If you need help, please email me. I can let you know when I will be in or we can work together virtually. 
  • The doors for the Kit Room will remain closed for the Fall 2020 semester. HOWEVER, you can ask for someone to escort you in to look or to help you find what you need. The materials CAN be checked out as usual. 
  • Materials (books and kits) will undergo a 3-day quarantine period once removed from the shelf. Please place anything you remove from the shelf on the provided carts.This makes it even more critical that you plan ahead to get materials you need. Procrastination will be your enemy. 

Email is the best way to reach me (
My office is located on the ground floor of the Rohrbach Library in the Curriculum Materials Center area.
I celebrated 20 years at KU as the education librarian last year and look forward to helping many more students in the future. JUST ASK!!

Guide Layout

In the column/box to the left you will find links to information that use to be in multiple guides. 

  • CMC: Information about the collection and organization of the Curriculum Materials Center
  • Children's Literature: Information about print and electronic resources/collections for children's literature 
  • Finding Materials: How to find materials using the online catalog, interlibrary loan, & the local public library
  • Databases: Information and links to education databases
  • Finding Articles: Tips and information about finding articles for research or lesson planning
  • Citations: Information and links for APA citation 
  • Standards: Links to the Pennsylvania standards and many of the national standards 
  • Subjects: Information and links to subject-specific resources
  • Find HELP: How to find additional help

Some New Additions (Book covers and titles are linked to the online catalog)

Rainy Day Ready

A survey from the American Psychological Association shows that money is a more frequent cause of worry than work, family, or health issues. Empowering people with the knowledge to make sound financial decisions is an important way to make a difference in your community, and many libraries across the country are doing just that. Drawing from the expertise of business librarians and ALA's Public Programs Office (PPO), this book is a ready-to-use guide for offering financial literacy initiatives at your own library. Presenting 16 model programs from a variety of institutions, complete with budgets and funding sources, this resource shares resources for free outreach materials and training; approaches to Money Smart Week from institutions such as public libraries, a tribal library, and community colleges; tips for developing partnerships with members of the local business community; ways to facilitate discussions between parents and children about finances, such as creating a play and learn career center for children using the Family Place model; programming for teens, including a Harry Potter-themed financial literacy series; a program where a banker advises college students on questions to ask when shopping for credit cards; how to collaborate with health and social services agencies in order to reach immigrants and underserved populations; and methods for evaluating and strengthening a personal finance collection. Using these model programs and tools, you'll be taking steps to ensure that your library's users are rainy day ready.

Planting the Seeds of Equity

Bringing together an inspirational group of educators, this book provides key insights into what it means to implement social justice ideals with young children. Each chapter highlights a teacher's experience with a specific aspect of social justice and ethnic studies, including related research, projects and lesson plans, and implications for teacher education. The text engages readers in critical dialogue, drawing from works within ethnic studies to think deeply about ideals such as humanization, representation, and transformation. Finding ways to integrate acceptance of difference and social justice content into the primary grades is a complex and challenging endeavor. These teacher stories are ones of courage and commitment, inspiring the possibility of radical change. Book Features: Guidance for teachers who want to teach for social justice, including lesson plans and strategies. Examples of what ethnic studies looks like in early childhood classrooms. Dialogue questions to prompt critical thinking and professional conversation. Windows into classrooms that foster valuing of self and respect for diversity of color, ethnicity, and gender. Activities to tap into personal strengths and enrich teaching, including yoga and song. Connections to relevant research.

Teaching Banned Books

As standard-bearers for intellectual freedom, school and children's librarians are in ideal positions to collaborate with educators to not only protect the freedom to read but also ensure that valued books which touch upon important topics are not quarantined from the readers for whom they were written. In this best-selling classroom- and library-ready book of discussion guides, thoroughly updated and expanded to include genres such as graphic novels and nonfiction, award-winning champion of children's literature Scales shows that there is a way to teach these books while respecting all views. Also freshened to include only books that are in print, this resource reprints Judy Blume's stirring introduction from the first edition; aids educators and librarians in stimulating the critical thinking skills of young readers aged 9-18 while also encouraging freedom of thought and expression, in either classroom or book club settings; spotlights titles dealing with sensitive but vital issues such as bullying, racism, bigotry, making tough choices, other cultures, and our uncertain future; offers tips for introducing each book and its associated topics; provides open-ended questions for discussion which explore the book as a whole rather than simply its "controversial" aspects, along with research and writing activities; and includes short summaries of each book, plus a read-alikes section to keep the conversation going. Using this powerful resource, the oft-challenged books featured inside will be jumping-off points for rich and engaging discussion among young readers, their librarians and teachers, and parents.

Middle Schoolers, Meet Media Literacy

In a world of media saturation, children today are not future consumers of information and goods, but targeted participants involved in a game in which they don't know the rules or even that they are playing, yet one that will affect them throughout their lives. This book is a teaching manual that helps teachers not only explain the concepts of consumer economics and media literacy to middle schoolers but supplies lessons for students to get hands-on experience recognizing, deconstructing, evaluating, and choosing for themselves whether to accept the tangible product or intangible message offered. Teachers can use the lessons to help students build a toolbox of analytical skills that they can carry with them and develop further throughout the rest of their lives to distinguish information from persuasion, from what people tell them they should believe to what the students, through critical thinking, decide is worthy of their belief.

Inquiry-Based Lessons in World History

Spanning the time period from 15,000 BCE to 1500 CE, Inquiry-Based Lessons in World History (Vol. 1)focuses on creating global connections between people and places using primary sources in standards-based lessons. With sections on early humans, the ancient world, classical antiquity, and the world in transition, this book provides teachers with inquiry-based, ready-to-use lessons that can be adapted to any classroom and that encourage students to take part in the learning process by reading and thinking like historians. Each section contains chapters that correspond to the scope and sequence of most world history textbooks. Each inquiry lesson begins with an essential question and connections to content and literacy standards, followed by primary source excerpts or links to those sources. Lessons include step-by-step directions, incorporate a variety of literacy strategies, and require students to make a hypothesis using evidence from thetexts they have read.

Wind Energy, Grade 5

Wind Energy outlines a journey that will steer your students toward authentic problem solving while grounding them in integrated STEM disciplines. The series is designed to meet the growing need to infuse real-world learning into K–12 classrooms.
This book is an interdisciplinary module that uses project- and problem-based learning to investigate the interactions of Earth’s systems, including geography, weather, and wind.