Little Free Library is launching the Indigenous Library Program this spring. The brand new program will distribute LFL book-sharing packing containers to tribal lands and different Indigenous communities. Bins will likely be shipped to volunteer stewards totally free and can include two units of books — one set will characteristic 25 books written and/or illustrated by BIPOC authors and one other 25 books will heart Indigenous folks.
The brand new program has an advisory group consisting of educators, authors, and librarians, most of whom are Indigenous, all of whom have a protracted historical past serving Indigenous communities. This system goals to “strengthen neighborhood, encourage readers, increase simple e-book entry, help optimistic literacy outcomes, and make little free libraries out there in high-need places serving Indigenous peoples.”
This system is a part of Little Free Library’s Native Library Initiative, which itself was began from LFL’s Affect Library Program. The aim of the Affect Library Program is to supply free library packing containers and starter units to volunteer stewards all through areas in North America which have little to no e-book entry for residents. To this point, greater than 1,800 packing containers have been despatched beneath the Affect Library Program.
Little Free Library hopes to increase the initiative with the addition of Hawaiian, Canadian, and Alaskan representatives.
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