Reading Nation Waterfall Increasing Book Access with Little Free Library

By Sarah Nelson

Reading Nation Waterfall is a three-year, $1.4 million project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services with a focus on increasing access to literacy and libraries for Native American children across the country.

Dr. Anthony Chow, the Project Director, also sits on the Little Free Library National Board of Directors. Little Free Library has joined as a partner to Reading Nation Waterfall for the project.

Little Free Library Executive Director Greig Metzger notes, “We believe that Little Free Library can provide complementary support to local, brick and mortar libraries by being an outpost and promoter of traditional library services they provide.”

Little Free Library has installations in a number of Native American communities and has previously worked with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries & Museums. Currently there is a Little Free Library book-sharing box installed at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. Duane Yazzie, a teacher and reading specialist at Tséhootsooi Diné Bi Ołta’ School in Window Rock and member of the Reading Nation Waterfall national advisory committee, recently won an award for establishing the Navajo Nation’s first Little Free Library through our Impact Library Program.

Learn about the newly remodeled Indigenous Library Program, which grants no-cost book-sharing boxes where needed most on tribal lands and Indigenous communities in the United States and Canada.

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