Preliminary analysis of the over 50 Interviews conducted suggest a few initial trends:
1) Many parents get books for their children through free book giveaways and NOT libraries.
2) Tribal members highly value literacy, books, and the need to prioritize funding to make sure books are available for their children and youth.
3) Most participants saw libraries only as a place for books and computers.
4) One of the resources mentioned most often that they want to see more of was their own history and culture reflected.
5) Some were not aware the Blackfeet Community College Library was available to the general public.
Deeper analysis of the data will be conducted soon.
A big thank you to Glacier Public Library and Valier Public Library for meeting with us to discuss library services for Blackfeet Tribal Members.
Did I mention that Blackfeet Tribal lands are stunningly beautiful?
Hard to stop taking pictures….
Loriene, Anthony, Kathy, Aaron, Bruce, and Jenny at Valier public library.
Aaron, Anthony, Jamie, Bruce, Jennie, and Loriene at Cut Bank Public library.
We helped Medicine Springs Library pass out 500 free books at the Blackfeet Nation Youth Day!
Thank you to all the wonderful families who shared their thoughts about access to reading and libraries at the 2018 Blackfeet Nation Youth Day.
Anthony in front of the Blackfeet Tribal Library
Libraries indeed transform!
Dr. Chow and Dr. Roy with painting depicting why libraries are important to The Blackfeet Nation.