Small Libraries Are Popping Up Across Blackfeet Country | New
People may have noticed little colorfully decorated booths in their area of Blackfeet Reservation and wondered what they were. Aaron LaFromboise, librarian at the Medicine Spring Library at Blackfeet Community College, explained that they are the creation of the staff members of his library and give people the ability to not only select a book to read for free, but also to deposit a book for others to enjoy.
Last week, LaFromboise and Joe Rutherford gave away free books and lunch to people who came to their booth at the Museum of the Plains Indian parking lot. The event celebrated the installation of small libraries across Blackfoot country and was located near a small library at Veterans Park.
While all of the booths were built by staff from the Medicine Spring Library, each is decorated by selected artists. So far, five booths have been installed and four more are underway.
There are two in Browning, one near Thunder Skate Park which was decorated by Kim Old Chief, and another at Veterans Park which was decorated by Terrance Guardipee.
There’s one in Blackfoot near Ken Walters’ house, which Aaron LaFromboise decorated, and one in Heart Butte in the school playground. This one was painted by Ethan Old Chief. East Glacier Park has a small library located at the Renegade Art Studio – artists Aaron LaFromboise, Barbara Connelly and Vonn Connelly were the painters.
Those still to be installed include one at Babb at the Cattle Baron Restaurant, painted by Carla Coat, Eli Old Chief, Ethan Old Chief, and Terrance Guardipee. Another will be placed near the boarding school playground; Aspen Many Hides is the artist decorating this little bookcase.
Two more that need a safe place for installation include a small library intended for the Starr School and decorated by Jamison Aimsback and his nieces and nephews, and another to be placed in Seville, painted by Michael Fast Buffalo Horse.
Each small library is located near people who can watch them and keep them tidy and clean.
For more information, call the Medicine Spring Library at 406-338-5441, ext. 2701.