The Reading Nation Team will report on progress made in Year 1 of the project. This will include hearing from the coordinators of each of the five tribal partners: the Crow Tribe of Montana, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (North Carolina), the Kewa Pueblo (New Mexico), the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and the Northern Cheyenne (Montana). Reading Nation Waterfall, in collaboration with its two national partners Head Start and the Little Free Libraries, has one primary goal: to increase access to literary resources and libraries for Native American children and families. The project's five desired outputs are to: 1) Build library and community strategic partnerships to assess and address increased access to culturally relevant library resources and programming across the lifespan; 2) Pilot systematic and networked provision of convenient access to reading resources and information about library programming. This is accomplished by disseminating free, librarian-curated books into the hands of children in an immersive, convenient, and strategic fashion at home, in their neighborhoods, at preschool, at elementary school, and at libraries; 3) Increase children and parent-children reading time using research driven best practices; 4) Increase library usage and circulation; and, 5) Develop a web-based toolkit to enhance replicability and dissemination.
The six short- and long-term outcomes are: 1) A sustainable and collaborative literacy network between different types of libraries, Head Start, Little Free Libraries, and PreK/elementary schools to increase unfettered access to reading material for children 0-10; 2) Increased number of books at home; 3) Increased independent and parent-child reading at home; 4) Increased grade level reading scores for tribal children entering kindergarten; 5) Increased 4th grade NAEP reading scores for tribal children; and 6) Dissemination and generalization of findings and model to other libraries and children and parents in general.
The projected number of books disseminated each year is approximately 23,000 across all five tribes and represents a librarian and community-centered collection including books for children and adults. Our presentation will be a panel discussion where we discuss the project, lessons learned, and preliminary results.
LO1: Describe the Reading Nation Waterfall impact on Native American children and families.
LO2: Demonstrate how RNW partners formed a library and community network to increase access to libraries and literacy.
LO3: List lessons learned and best practices that attendees can use in their local communities.