Little Free Library Unbound: A Digital Events Series

You’re invited! Join us for Little Free Library Unbound, our digital events series connecting stewards, supporters, and book-lovers of all kinds to chat about literacy, book sharing, stewardship, and moreAttendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for our guest panelists, and our moderator will lead a discussion alongside the Q&A.

Chapter 10 of Little Free Library Unbound, Book Access in Indigenous Communities, aired live on Thursday, November 18. This month we were joined by LFL volunteer stewards Duane Yazzie (Navajo Nation), Valerie Janis (Bay Mills Anishinaabe), and Amanda Leclair Diaz (Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho) to discuss book access in Indigenous communities.

From sourcing books that reflect and honor their cultures and help to preserve their Indigenous languages to addressing the unique challenges of serving their respective communities, these stewards have done incredible work to bring books into families’ hands and increase literacy.

Chapter 10 Guests and Moderator

Duane Yazzie

Duane Yazzie is Kiis’áanii, born for Tódích’íinii.  His maternal grandfather is Haltsooí, and his paternal grandfather is ‘Ashįįhí.  He was born and raised in Fort Defiance, Arizona and currently resides in Rock Springs, New Mexico.

As a Teacher-Librarian of Hopi and Navajo ancestry, he has 17 years of K-8 teaching experience primarily with Window Rock Unified School District in Arizona where he has also coached. He currently works at Rehoboth Christian School.

He is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Window Rock-Fort Defiance Lions Club that helps co-steward Little Free Libraries based in Window Rock, Arizona.  He also serves as the Secretary for the Library Advisory Board for the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup, New Mexico.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree at Northern Arizona University. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Language, Reading and Culture and a Master of Arts degree in Information Resources and Library Science both awarded by the University of Arizona.

When he’s not cuddled up with a book about dragons, the Holocaust, or animals defending Red Wall in Mossflower, you may find him running cross country trails, playing volleyball, doing Zumba or investigating mathematical problems or topics.  You will also find him participating in a local or regional book club.

Valerie Janis

Valerie Janis is a member of the Bay Mills Anishinaabe community and lives and raises her family with her husband in Pine Ridge Reservation. She has worked at the Oglala Lakota College Woksape Tipi Library for three years as the Outreach Resource Technician. She has initiated and completed projects such as adding language and cultural references in the library space, reorganization and inventorying the library collections, redesigning the library webpage, creating virtual library programs and working with Little Free Libraries to distribute books through the communities of the Pine Ridge Reservation. She completed her MLIS degree with San Jose State University this past spring. She continues to come up with innovative ways to connect to the community and promote literacy.

Amanda LeClair-Diaz

Amanda LeClair-Diaz (Tribal Affiliations: Eastern Shoshone/Northern Arapaho; Pronouns: she/her/hers) is originally from Ft. Washakie, which is located on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. She is a doctoral candidate in the Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies Department at the University of Arizona. Amanda’s major is Indigenous Education, and her minor is Teaching & Teacher Education. Her research interests include culturally sustaining pedagogy, tribal language revitalization, and curriculum development. While in her PhD Amanda has helped with tribal immersion language efforts in education. She also has collaborated with faculty and graduate students on developing an anti-racism training in higher education and worked with college faculty on how to be better mentors to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) graduate students.

Anita Merina

Anita Merina joined the Little Free Library board after retiring from the National Education Association where she coordinated NEA’s Read Across America program. During her tenure, Anita helped create NEA’s Books Across America school library grants and partnerships with Youth Service America, First Book, Heart of America Foundation, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Library of Congress, and We Need Diverse Books. Through her role, she also gained valuable experience in fundraising, celebrity and influencer outreach, community organizing, and strategic partnerships. Outside of literacy, she is a full-time glass artist and enjoys tennis and gardening.

Previously on LFL Unbound

To see all previous episodes of Unbound, visit our YouTube channel.

Chapter 10: Book Access in Indigenous Communities

Chapter 10 of Little Free Library Unbound, Book Access in Indigenous Communities, aired live on November 18. We were joined by LFL volunteer stewards Duane Yazzie (Navajo Nation), Valerie Janis (Bay Mills Anishinaabe), and Amanda Leclair Diaz (Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho) to discuss book access in Indigenous communities. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 10 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Chapter 9: LFL Stewardship - Part 2

Chapter 9 of LFL Unbound aired live on September 9. We hosted another LFL steward panel! This month, we were joined by stewards Kristine Dowhan, Lisa Lopez-Williamson, Krystn Monroe, and Yenny Yang to get their wisdom on some of our most frequently asked questions about stewarding a Little Free Library. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 9 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Chapter 8: Authors and their LFLs

The eighth chapter of Unbound included a panel of three authors who steward their very own Little Free Libraries – Grace Lin, Claire Fuller, and Karina Yan Glaser – who answered questions about how they like to maintain their LFLs, what new books they’re working on, and more. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 8 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Chapter 7: Combating Summer Slide

In our seventh chapter of LFL Unbound, we spoke with award-winning author and illustrator Angela Dominguez and LFL steward McKenzie Cox about engaging middle-grade and YA readers to help combat the summer slide. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the LFL Unbound Chapter 7 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Chapter 6: Little Free Libraries in Unexpected Places

The sixth installment of LFL Unbound featured LFL stewards Dr. Russell Schnell (spoiler alert: he installed the first LFL at the South Pole!) and Nicole Sullivan of BookBar Denver.  If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the LFL Unbound Chapter 6 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Chapter 5: 2021 Todd H. Bol Award Nominees

The fifth chapter of Unbound included a Q&A with three of our 2021 nominees for the Todd H. Bol Award for Outstanding Achievement. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the LFL Unbound Chapter 5 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Upcoming Chapters of Little Free Library Unbound

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– Little Free Library Micro-Networks

– Action Book Club

– Serving Multilingual Communities

– Book-Bombing Little Free Libraries

– LFL Stewardship FAQs

 

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