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Navajo Language Room Ribbon Cutting
 
Navajo Language Room now open at children’s library

By Bill Donovan, Gallup Independent

Independent correspondent,

November 21, 2014
 
GALLUP — The new Navajo Language Room at the Octavia Fellin Public Library - Children’s Branch is now open.

Now the only thing needed is visitors. Jennie Thurman, youth services librarian, said the new room hasn’t attracted a lot of visitors yet but that may be because of the holidays.

“People are spending time with their families,” she said, adding that visitation should pick up after the Thanksgiving holiday and get better in January.

About 100 people attended the grand opening of the new attraction at the children’s library Saturday. which contains a couple of easy chairs, a computer and shelves for children’s books written in Navajo as well as adult books on learning the Navajo language.

Mary Ellen Pellington, head librarian at the Octavia Fellin Public Library, said the room cost about $2,000, which includes the bright paint job as well as the cost of the computer and furnishings.

“We decided to start small,” she said. “As it gets used more, we can expand it to the next room.” The centerpiece of the room is the Rosetta Stone system purchased by the library for helping people learn the Navajo language.


Navajo Language Room Ribbon Cutting

City Councilor Alan Landavazo, left, library Director Mary Ellen Pellington,
a young gentleman, and Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney
cut the ribbon during the grand opening of the new Navajo Language Room
at the Octavia Fellin Public Library - Children's Branch in Gallup.



Navajo Language Room

Young readers examine the Navajo books in the new Navajo Language Room.



Navajo Language Room

Young readers take a closer look at the Navajo books.