New Signage and Indigenous Materials Coming to Traverse Area District Library

"We love our region and I think it's important to acknowledge who lived here before us." -- Michele Howard Director of Traverse Area District Library


Library Grant Sot6 031500 00 12 21still003The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians awarded a grant to the Traverse Area District Library (TADL). The grant will pay for new signage, summer reading program t-shirts and indigenous materials for their Bookmobile. The Traverse Area District Library Director, Michele Howard says the grant will pay for things that weren’t in the budget.

“Having the support from the tribe has really been encouraging for us. We’re really excited to do some of the things we applied for,” Howard said.

The new signage at the library will be in the garden. The sign is a land acknowledgement to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Howard says they are happy for the Tribe’s support and thinks it’s important to continue efforts acknowledging them.

“A lot of that is through our land acknowledgement and then reading books and understanding the history of our region,” Howard states. “[It] just gives you a wider understanding that there’s generations of generations upon thousands of people who lived in this area long before any of us were here.”

The grant will also go towards adding indigenous materials to TADL’s new Bookmobile. The Bookmobile has yet to launch, but plans to be a, “library on wheels.” Howard says the Bookmobile willNative American Books have books for everyone including books from Native American authors and topics for all ages.

“Our patrons get to read about all the wonderful things those authors write about,” Howard says.

The Tribe is also providing funding for t-shirts for the library’s summer reading program. The library will now be able to pay an indigenous illustrator to do the art for the t-shirt. “Having the tribe recognize that and support our summer reading program is really a benefit to our whole community,” Howard said.