As guests of the National American Tribal Archives, Museums and Libraries (ATALM) Fall 2018 conference, we at Little Free Library had the opportunity to meet with representatives from Native communities across the country. Conference attendees were very responsive to the work we do, and are passionate about improving literacy and book access in their home communities.

At the conference we led a Little Free Library build, offered an informational break-out session, staffed a booth, and presented a birch bark Little Free Library to the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI–Smithsonian Institute). We also gave away five Libraries and one Kit to six lucky conference attendees who visited our booth!

“LFL has been a very positive experience for myself and a great asset to the Lapwai community. Thank you again for your gift of a Little Free Library.” – Angela, Impact Library recipient and member of the Nez Perce tribe in Lapwai, Idaho

Native Impact Library Build

Attendees of the 2018 ATALM conference pose next to the Little Free Libraries they built!

Afterward, we were pleased to offer conference participants an opportunity to apply for one of 36 Little Libraries sponsored by Anthem/Amerigroup. This partnership made it possible for us to identify and work with tribal communities that were interested in bringing Little Free Library book-sharing boxes to their neighborhoods. The sponsored Libraries included a starter set of books, with some emphasis on Native culture and literature. 36 applicants have already been selected and will soon receive Little Libraries for their communities!

We learned a lot from this pilot project, and we’re ready for additional sponsorship opportunities to expand book access across tribal communities. This could not have happened without the support, partnership and advice of Anthem/Amerigroup, ATALM, and NMAI. We are currently planning how to expand this project to Minnesota!

You can help us provide Libraries to those in need by making a donation today. Please feel free to connect with me regarding any fundraising ideas or questions about your donations. Thank you.

Melissa Davies
Director of Development | Little Free Library

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