Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences

Degree Level



Human Development, Family Sciences and Rural Sociology


Timby, Donia

Committee Member/Reader

Wiersma-Mosley, Jacquelyn PhD

Committee Member/Second Reader

Herold, Laura PhD

Committee Member/Third Reader

McNally, Shelley PhD


There is an ever-growing need for cultural competence and well-rounded education, especially for children. In order to promote cultural competence, this current creative project focused on enhancing a library space at a child development center in the mid-south and supply with resources that address diversity. The goal was to transform the library into an enticing, relaxing, and judgement free area where children feel comfortable to explore their culture and the cultures of others. New books added to the library were thoroughly reviewed and chosen for the purpose of promoting cultural competence and inclusion, and new language introduction. A wide variety of cultures from around the world as well as over ten languages are represented in the new reading materials. In addition to new reading materials, new furniture and decor items were also purchased to elevate the space into a comfortable area that welcomes children and invites them to explore. The hope is that in using the new space and reading books that focus on cultural competence, the children (and adult educators) will learn about different cultures and later go on to be more accepting adults that advocate for others.


Cultural competence, library, early childhood education, diversity equity and inclusion, foreign languages