Reading Nation Waterfall is a three year, $1.4 million IMLS funded project focused on increasing access to literacy and libraries for Native American children across the country.
Our name represents an aspirational and resolute metaphor for the vision and desired outcomes of our project. As waterfalls tirelessly carry pure water that turn into streams and rivers bringing the nutrients for life to flourish, we hope to do the same for tribal communities by saturating the daily ecosystem of children and families with carefully selected books for children and their caregivers and information about culturally relevant programs and resources at their local libraries.
There are five Reading Nation Waterfall tribal partners:
- Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
- Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
- Northern Cheyenne Tribe
- Santo Domingo Pueblo
- Yurok Tribe
Project Goals and Outcomes
Our three primary goals are to increase:
- Access to books and libraries to children and families,
- The number of books and overall reading with parents/adults at home, and
- The relevance and use of libraries for Native American communities.
Two of our primary outcomes are to increase kindergarten entrance and 4th grade reading scores for each partnering tribe. One of our main activities is to provide an unlimited number of free books to children from 0-10 at preschool, elementary school, and their public libraries through strategically placed little free libraries that will be restocked with brand new and gently used librarian- curated books every week.
Total Books Disseminated
|Tribal Partner||Total Disseminated To Date |
(as of May 27, 2023)
|The Crow Tribe of Montana||1547|
|The Eastern Band of Cherokee||1760|
|Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina||1237|
|Northern Cheyenne Tribe||781|
|Santo Domingo Pueblo||50|