The Peace Resource Center operates three specialty libraries: Peace Education/Conflict Resolution Library, Hiroshima/Nagasaki Library, which focuses on the atomic bombs of 1945, and the Japanese Library, which contains books in the Japanese language about the atomic bombs.
Peace Education/Conflict Resolution Library and the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Library books are available through inter-library loans. The Japanese books are primarily from the 1940's-1980's. Due to their historical value the Japanese books can only be viewed at the Center. Contact the firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the Japanese collection or to arrange an appointment.
The Center also has some poster sets available for loan to enhance exhibits and displays on nuclear weapons.
In addition, the Center has an extensive archive collection on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the peace movement. Barbara Reynolds donated the collection during the Center's founding in 1975.
Peace Education is a thought and a process; it involves all senses of learning and educating. Its purpose is to create safe, compassionate, living, and non-violent ways of life. As other fields of study need to teach their discipline, peace education must teach problem solving and conflict resolution. The problem that faces society is the approach to government, education, and even the streets. There is a focus more on violence than on peace. The government uses Police Departments, Militaristic approaches to handle problems; schools use an authoritative approach, whereas principles are the ruler of the school, teachers are the rulers of students, and students are on the bottom. This leads students to feeling powerless, causing a natural instinct of violence to deal with conflict. However, by incorporating Peace Education, schools and teachers hope to help students deal with conflict in a non-violent way. There are three levels of peace education: Peacekeeping (keeping order, get-tough policies, 0 tolerance policies, jails, etc..), Peacemaking (Conflict resolution programs, Peer mediation programs), and Peace-building (non-reactive, proactive approach to avoiding conflict and violence).
Below you will find just a small sample of what we have to offer.
New! One Peace: True Stories of Young Activists is a must read, inspirational book a bout young peacemakers. One Peace celebrates the "Power of One," and specifically the accomplishments of children from around the globe who have worked to promote world peace. Janet Wilson challenges today's children to strive to make a difference in this beautifully illustrated, fact-filled and fascinating volume of portraits of many "heroes for today."
Portraits feature the accomplishments of children from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Liberia, Japan, Sarajevo, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These moving testaments to the courage and initiative of youth will inspire readers young and young at heart.
Children’s Peace Books:
Peace One Day: How September 11 Became World Peace Day by Jeremy Gilley and Karen Blessen. Gilley said, “ When you build a house, you start with one brick. To build peace, let’s start with one day.” Many world leaders agreed with what Gilley said. This book contains many visuals within and stories of September 11 and how it came to be World Peace Day in many people’s mind.
Making it Better by Barbara Oenlberg. This book contains activities for children in a stressful world. It offers bold, new information about the physical and emotional effects of today’s stresses, trauma, and violence on children. There are more than 70 classroom activities that offer sound research and guidance on how to seize opportunities to reach children and help them survive, thrive, and heal.
K-PAN: Kids Peace Action Network and the Peace Reporters by Fran Schmidt. This book contains many activities for middle school children about peace and different aspects of life. This is a book that deals with many problems of everyday life like stereotypes, anger, conflict, lying, and many more. Activities are included for each problem area.
Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac. This teaches children how to love and care for the earth. This can be a resource for parents or for teachers. It contains many Native American stories, indoor and outdoor learning activities for young people and helpful sources and suggestions for teaching ecology.
Junior and High School Peace Education Books:
Peacebuilding for Adolescents: Strategies for Educators and Community Leaders edited by Linda Rennie Forcey and Ian Murray Harris. This book presents a comprehensive view of the roots of youth violence while inspiring the reader to think about, teach, and implement helpful peacebuilding skills. It also offers practical models and strategies at the personal, school, and community level. This book is a must for those who are actively engaged in promoting a just and sustainable future, and believe, as Gandhi did, that "it is possible to live in peace.’"
Thermostat: How Can We Turn Toward Peace in a Time of Fear? by: Mennonite Central Committee. This is a DVD and study guide about peacemaking, imagination, allegiance, security, terrorism, camouflage, and nonviolence. This is for high-school-age youth groups about war, peace, and Christian conscience.
Kids Working It Out edited by Tricia S. Jones and Randy Compton. This book contains stories and strategies for making peace in our schools. This book helps students, parents, teachers, and administrators deal creatively with violence, conflict anger, and alienation. It contains the voice and visions of young people throughout the book, and this is the most important part. Danny Glover explains that if implemented, the strategies of this book would make our world, not just our schools, a better and safer place.
Peace Education History and Stories/Photos
Hope Indeed by N. Gerald Shenk. This author traveled and lived in many different places. He went to teach and to help anyone who was in need of hope. He went on to write this book to explain to the readers what he heard and saw on his journeys. This book contains a collection of stories from the people he encountered on his many trips.
People Building Peace II: Successful Stories of Civil Society edited by Paul van Tongeren, Malin Brenk, Marte Hellema, and Juliette Verhoeven. This book offers ideas on what civil society can do to build peace, and on how effective partnerships with governments and national organizations can be forged. This book shows just how much power people can bring to turning around the tides of violent conflict.
Rebels Against War: The American Peace Movement 1933-1983 by Lawrence S. Wittner. This book describes and analyzes the American peace movement over the past half century. It draws upon extensive research, including examination of the records of the major peace groups and interviews with their leaders.
A Peace Reader edited by Joseph Fahey and Richard Armstrong. Essential readings on war, justice, non-violence and world order. This contains a selection of readings for courses on peace studies and world order. Offers a comprehensive survey of pertinent historical and contemporary literature. This is valuable for college and high school courses, in adult education programs, and for all individuals dedicated to peace making.
The Peaceful Classroom in Action by Naomi Drew. This is a K-6 activity guide on how to create a peaceful classroom and how to keep it. This book features: highly effective reinforcement techniques that keep the peaceful classroom alive throughout the year, 22 easy-to-use lessons, tips for parents, conflict resolution, pacing charts, and much more. Some benefits to this book area: learning how to create a peaceful classroom from the first day of school, build a climate of respect, help kids resolve conflicts, maintain peacefulness throughout the year, build collaboration across the curriculum, and many more.
Positive Discipline in the Classroom by James Nelsen and Lynn Lott. Step-by-step approaches to bring positive discipline to the classroom and to help teachers of all grade levels implement classroom meetings. Provides opportunities to foster cooperation, self-discipline, collaboration, problem solving skills, conflict resolution, respect, and self-esteem while creating a classroom climate that enhances academic learning.
A Peaceable School by Vicky Schreiber Dill. This book cultivates a culture of nonviolence. It explains that the teaching of nonviolence is a necessity in schools. It also shows us that safe schools are schools that reach out to parents. Teachers need to be able to recognize violent children and be able to pinpoint the cause of their action.
School Where Everyone Belongs by Stan Davis with Julia Davis. This book helps those schools concerned with reducing bullying. Stan Davis uses personal experience and research to describe how educators can create a safe, inclusive school environment for children. Parents can also read this book to find out more about bullying and different methods to stop this action.
Children of the Paper Crane by Masamoto Nasu. This tells the story of Sadako Sasaki and her struggle with the A-Bomb disease. This book contains the story of her friends and many things done to help children with the A-Bomb disease. It explains the meaning of the statue built for these children and what the paper crane stands for.
Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa. This is an autobiography about the story of the bombing of Hiroshima and the aftermath from this. This is seen through the eyes of an artist as a young boy growing up in Japan. This book serves as a reminder of the suffering war brings to innocent people, and a unique documentation of a horrible source of suffering, the atomic bomb. There are two books here: part 1 and also part 2 out of the 10 book series.
In America’s Shadow by Kimberly Komatsu and Kaleigh Komatsu. This book is a story about a young girl who, after the awful World War II, makes a promise and discovers that her greatest journey has not yet begun. She packs her bag and heads to a place called Manzanar as she leaves everything behind. This is an unforgettable story of courage and hope. This book has received many awards such as: the Carter C. Woodson Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Rising Star Award by Publishers Magazine, Skipping Stone Honor Award, Book of the Year by ForeWorld magazine, the Kiriyama Prize. It was known as a legacy book in 2004, and was recognized by the International Reading Association as a Notable Book.
The Hiroshima Panels by Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki. These artists painted pictures of what happened in Hiroshima during the bomb and the aftermath that followed. They didn’t paint these pictures just because this event took place; they painted these pictures because they couldn’t bear not to. They just wanted to paint the tragic events that not only happened in their lives, but all the lives of those in Japan. They did not care what anyone thought about the paintings This book is filled with paintings of people, buildings, animals, and anything affected by this awful disaster.
Resisting the Bomb by Lawrence S. Wittner. This book is about the popular struggle against nuclear weapons. Continues the story of humanity’s efforts to avert nuclear destruction. This book walks through the gradual development of a grassroots, worldwide movement for nuclear disarmament. This is one of the first comprehensive accounts of worldwide nuclear disarmament activism and its consequences during these years. It is based on extensive research, in fifteen countries, on more than a hundred peace groups and government agencies.
Historical Encyclopedia of Atomic Energy by Stephen E. Atkins. This is the only encyclopedia to cover the development of atomic energy in the 20th century. Over 450 alphabetically organized entries trace the history of atomic energy, from the discovery of the explosion potential of the atom to the development of atomic energy as a force for war and for peace, and the issues raised by its use. This encyclopedia contains more then 30 photos and a timeline of important events in the global development of atomic energy.
100 Suns by Michael Light. This book documents the era of visible nuclear testing, the atmospheric era, with 100 photographs drawn by Michael Light from the archives of Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. National Archives in Maryland. The evidence in these photographs is terrifying in its implication while at the same time profoundly disconnecting as a spectacle.