Walpi Youth Program Little Free Library Press Release:

Greetings! My name is Lori Nuvayestewa, and I am the Walpi Senior Youth Program Coordinator at the Village of Walpi. I am excited to announce that the Village of Walpi in partnership with the non-profit Little Free Library (LFL) will install a new book-sharing box at the Walpi Administrative Office to serve the public.

Do you remember the excitement as a child going to the library or going to the bookstore? Soon you can create those memories with your children and grandchildren. The new Little Free Library is part of the organization’s Read in Color initiative and will be filled with books that amplify BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), LGBTQ, and other diverse voices, with a focus on titles that explore experiences from the Indigenous and Native American Peoples. Bringing diverse books by Indigenous authors to underserved communities, like Hopi, will give youth a glimpse of themselves in these books. Along with bringing inclusive literature to Hopi, I want to emphasize the importance of early learning and nurturing growing minds. This will create healthy development at a very young age and create a love of learning that will help them succeed through grade school, high school, college, and in life. The book sharing box will be open to everyone across Hopi. Visit the Little Free Library website at https://littlefreelibrary.org/read-in-color/  to read more about their program.

During these unprecedented times, I wanted to give back to the community by providing a free service where youth and adults can visit and pick up a book, school supplies, and activity books. While we are social distancing and taking all necessary precautions, having a safe place to go, and simply pick up a book creates excitement for both youth and adults.

Join the Walpi Youth Program at the grand opening on Saturday, March 19th @10:00 a.m. at the Walpi administrative building. A ribbon cutting ceremony and other activities will take place to celebrate the grand opening. Everyone is welcome to join, and all safety measures will be in place.

To donate books or for more information regarding the Little Free Library project, you may contact Lori Nuvayestewa at 928-737-9556 or at walpi.elderly.youth@gmail.com.