The Miami Public Library is sponsoring a Native American history program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The public is invited to the free program.

As of Monday, tribes scheduled to participate include the Miami, the Shawnee, the Peoria and the Modoc.

Head Librarian Marcia Johnson expects several other tribes to participate.

"Each tribe has it’s own way of presenting its history," Johnson said. "One uses a PowerPoint presentation others just tell their story."

The program is the first of 15 monthly programs the local tribes will present as part of the Public Library Innovation Grant funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the Miami Public Library received through the International City/County Management Association.

The June program will be on children’s games and the July program will be on crafts by local Native Americans.

"We’ve chosen the June and July programs specially for children as something they can do during their summer vacation," Johnson said.

The August program will be an outdoor program on tribal grounds about ethnobotany.

The Miami Public Library was one of nine libraries to receive the grant, chosen from more than 500 submissions from 47 states.

The library has received the first payment of the grant, $36,000 plus. The remainder will be received after Thursday’s program.

It will be used to establish state-of-the-art technology in the basement including 10 computers with webcams, a widescreen television, a DVD player, a laptop computer, a projector, a Smart Board, etc.

The library is currently soliciting bids for some of the items.