January 30, 2023

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Little Free Library starts an indigenous library program

Little Free Library is launching the Indigenous Library Program this spring. The new program will distribute LFL book-sharing boxes to tribal areas and other indigenous communities. The boxes are sent free of charge to volunteer stewards and contain two sets of books – one set contains 25 books written and/or illustrated by BIPOC authors and another 25 books focus on tribal peoples.

The new program has an advisory group made up of educators, writers and librarians, most of whom are indigenous and all have long histories of serving indigenous communities. The program aims to “strengthen community, inspire readers, expand easy access to books, support positive literacy outcomes, and make small free libraries available in high-need locations that serve indigenous peoples.”

The program is part of the Little Free Library’s Native Library Initiative, which itself grew out of the LFL’s Impact Library Program. The purpose of the Impact Library program is to provide free library boxes and starter kits to volunteer stewards in areas of North America where residents have little to no access to books. To date, more than 1,800 boxes have been sent as part of the Impact Library program.

Little Free Library hopes to expand the initiative with the addition of representatives from Hawaii, Canada and Alaska.

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