Peru Library to host domestic violence presentation Aug. 25

Follow-up education opportunities provided at IVCC as part of One Book, One College initiative

Peru Public Library

Stephanie Land’s “Maid” is this year’s selection for Illinois Valley Community College’s One Book, One College, an initiative bringing together diverse populations to discuss, inform and learn from a shared reading experience.

“Maid” is the story of a young college-bound woman who faces abuse, loneliness, pregnancy, motherhood and poverty in her journey to earn her college degree.

In recognition of National Women’s Equality Day – marking passage of the 19th Amendment – One Book is sponsoring a pair of related presentations by Heather Steele, a prevention educator at Safe Journeys Illinois:

  • Domestic Violence 101, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Peru Public Library, 1409 11th St.
  • Gender-Based Discrimination and Your Rights on Campus, noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, in IVCC’s Jacobs Library Active Learning Space

The events are the first of many throughout the year, including book discussions, presentations and learning activities. All students, faculty, staff and district residents are welcome to join the conversation. Copies of the book will be available at events.

For information, visit or Jacobs Library’s Jayna Leipart Guttilla at

For questions concerning the event at Peru Public Library, contact Emily Schaub at 815-223-0229. For immediate assistance concerning domestic violence or sexual assault, contact Safe Journeys at 800-892-3375 or 815-673-1555.