East Asia in Wisconsin Library Program

Origami kits prepared by Sun Prairie Public Library.

Fostering a better understanding of East Asia and its peoples is part of the core mission of the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. To further this mission, and with an emphasis on outreach across the entire state, CEAS launched the East Asia in Wisconsin Library Program in 2020, working in collaboration with the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA), the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The initiative supports collection development and programming at public libraries that will enrich the understanding of East Asia in local communities. 

Program Overview

  • Grants of up to $1,000 are available to public libraries in Wisconsin for:
    • the purchase of East Asia-related materials to augment library collections;
    • East Asian programming including, but not limited to: book club materials and programming, and hosting virtual programs related to East Asia. 
  • The 2022-23 program is now open with an application deadline of deadline of September 30, 2022.
  • CLICK HERE for full details, including a book list.
  • Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to CEAS Assistant Director Laurie Dennis (ldennis@wisc.edu).
  • Application materials will be evaluated on these criteria:
    • To ensure diversity in funding, CEAS will prioritize giving funding to libraries across all 16 Library Systems, with a wide range of populations served.
    • Demonstrated need to diversify the library collection and/or program offerings.


To apply, please fill out the short application form here.

A display about Tibetan culture at the Muehl Public Library in Seymour, Wisc., is an example of how the East Asia in Wisconsin library program was used in 2021-22.

This program is made possible by a Title VI grant to support international education from the US Department of Education.