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Tuba City Library Awarded Grant

Tuba City Library Awarded Grant
August 12
11:10 2016

The Arizona Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a $38,254 grant to the Tuba City Library.

The grant will be used to create arts and crafts programs and lectures that will help families learn new skills, according to library supervisor Pearl Goldtooth.

The current arts and crafts program is geared toward children.

“Adults come to the library wanting to learn skills, such as sewing or knitting,” Goldtooth explained. “Now the library will be better able to meet the needs of adults.”

When she was writing her report a couple of months ago several adults asked Goldtooth if the library offered anything for them. She mentioned it to her supervisor in Flagstaff, who decided to write a grant application.

“I didn’t think we’d get it. Stuff like that doesn’t (usually) come our way,” Goldtooth said.

When Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan awarded the grant to the Tuba City Library, her staff was elated, Goldtooth said.

“We were always doing something” for the kids,” Goldtooth said. “With the new grant they will be able to offer programs for families and the communities.”

Goldtooth hopes new programs will encourage more visitors to the library.

“So come in and enjoy yourself, and be at home,” Goldtooth said.

The Tuba City Library, one of a handful located on the Navajo Nation, is located on Main Street in a building that was constructed in 1915.

The building, originally a trading post, has enjoyed a colorful history, serving – at various times – as a laundromat, shooting range and apartment. It was even a movie set for “Dark Wind,” a movie – produced by Robert Redford – based on a Tony Hillerman novel.

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