Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
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Monday, December 15, 2008

Book Give-Away at the Christmas Party

Scholastic Books has donated a great many beautiful new books for school kids of all ages, and we will be giving them away at the Christmas party. Their idea is that every Elwha child should get one.

We'll also have a table full of really-really-not-new books for kids given to us by the Crescent School District. And just so grownups don't feel neglected, we'll also be giving away a table-full of miscellaneous not-new general reading books for grownups.

One box of the new kids books were for adding to the library. These were all middle-school age titles. Some of the covers are shown here below:

Dry Creek School Library

Dry Creek's Library has a web page. The school district doesn't have their library catalogs online, but Dry Creek's page is really sweet. They have a terrific set of links to Websites for Kids.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sherman Alexie Banned in Oregon (!!)

Sherman Alexie's award-winning book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, has been pulled from Crook County High School in central Oregon. There are news stories about this event available (1) (2) (3), and no doubt the end of the story is not in sight.

The library has four copies of this wonderful young adult novel, and all four are overdue. If you have one of these copies and are finished with it, please bring it back so other people can read it.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Language Stories

There's a story in the December 11 online edition of Seattle Times, Teaching Indian languages preserves heritage, too. The primary focus of the article is the Lushootseed language program at Tulalip, but it includes an interview with Jamie Valadez about the language program at Elwha and her work at Port Angeles High School.

The American Indian Library Association email list pointed out a project for helping preserve the Arapahoe language on the Wind River Reservaton. Children are given disposable cameras to take photos, and then their own images are used as flash cards in language lessons. The article on the website, Taking pictures to make the words last longer, includes some of the kids' photos, and a video.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Dam Removal on the Klamath

Indian Country Today had an interesting story last week about proposed dam removals on the Klamath River in California. This would be a project even bigger than the one on the Elwha, but it is still a long way from settled that it will happen. Other resources: Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement on the Klamath Tribes website. Audubon website story from November. NPR story from March.

National Geographic story this month.

If you're not into reading things online, you can read Indian Country Today on paper in the library.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

PBS Series : We Shall Remain

Indian Country Today has a report on the upcoming PBS film series, We Shall Remain. The first of the 90-minute films—After the Maylower, directed by Chris Eyre—will not be shown until April, but lots of information, film clips, readings lists, etc., are available on the PBS website. The five films are:

Episode 1 After the Mayflower. . In 1621, the Wampanoag of New England negotiated a treaty with Pilgrim settlers. A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English and a confederation of Indians, this diplomatic gamble seemed to have been a grave miscalculation.

Episode 2 Tecumseh's Vision. . In the course of his brief and meteoric career, Tecumseh would become one of the greatest Native American leaders of all time, orchestrating the most ambitious pan-Indian resistance movement ever mounted on the North American continent.

Episode 3 Trail of Tears. . Though the Cherokee embraced “civilization” and won recognition of tribal sovereignty in the U.S. Supreme Court, their resistance to removal from their homeland failed. Thousands were forced on a perilous march to Oklahoma.

Episode 4 Geronimo. . As the leader of the last Native American fighting force to capitulate to the U.S. government, Geronimo was seen by some as the perpetrator of unspeakable savage cruelties, while to others he was the embodiment of proud resistance.

Episode 5 Wounded Knee. . In 1973, American Indian Movement activists and residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation occupied the town of Wounded Knee, demanding redress for grievances. As a result of the siege, Indians across the country forged a new path into the future.

We'll probably hear a lot more about this project as broadcast time comes closer. And eventually there will be DVDs. For now, you might want to do some reading. There are short reading lists for adults and youth on the Library Resources page, and pages 24-26 of the pdf file they call the "Event Kit" has a much more detailed bibliography. Some of these materials we already have in our library, and others we will try to figure out how to get hold of (even though we still don't have any money...)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Native Teens Reading Their Poetry

A recent program on PBS featured students from the Santa Fe Indian School, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, performing their work as they prepare for the 2009 Brave New Voices Poetry Slam.

We learned about this resource from the always fascinating blog American Indians in Children's Literature, maintained by Nambé Pueblo scholar Debbie Reese. Her blog, and the resources she points to, have been a reliable source of guidance for us over the past year as we worked on expanding the library.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Library Hours

Life has become more predictable around here. We have regular hours, the GED class is meeting regularly, and donated materials continue to sift in. We now have 3650 items. Come visit the library!

Library/Computer Lab Schedule:

  • 10- 4:30 p.m. daily Monday through Friday
  • 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings are High School and Adult Quiet Study Time with some academic support available
  • 5-7 p.m. Thursdays are academic support for Grays Harbor Students

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Isleta Pueblo Library Does MySpace

Some of us on this library's staff don't know how to do MySpace, but boy they sure do know how at Isleta Pueblo!!! And at Santa Clara Pueblo, and at Acoma. And at Shiprock. Those New Mexico tribal libraries rock.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sherman Alexie on the Colbert Report ; and more

Debbie Reese of the American Indians in Children's Literature blog found this one. Sherman Alexie talks to Steve Colbert.

Yes, we have about a dozen Alexie items in the library, including a DVD of The Business of Fancydancing.

Don't you love all those visuals out there on the Web? On Youtube we ran into Robbie Robertson & the Red Road Ensemble's performance at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic opening ceremonies. The audio is also available at last.fm, but then you'd miss getting to see Tonawanda Seneca singer Sadie Buck chanting with all her might...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New DVDs

Last week the Education Director went to the National Institute for Tribal Libraries in Oklahoma, and came home with some new DVDs. In addition to the two pictured below, there's also "Shoshone Voices, Native Choices", which we don't have a cover image for (yet).

Beware: "Our Spirits Don't Speak English" will make you angry and it will make you cry, both at once.

Have we mentoned lately that we'd love it if you brought in any DVDs you have sitting around the house that you don't need to keep, and we could add them to the collection... A random selection of our DVDs is shown below. Or take a look at most of them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Mystery Solved

We have been wondering how we went from maybe 2000 items to more like 3500 items (3638 at the moment) in a year, when we only bought maybe a third that many items. Well, we ran out of money for buying materials a couple of months ago, but people keep giving us things and the collection keeps growing!

Thank you all very much. Keep those donations coming. The newest pile of wonderful books is shown below.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Tulalip TV

Tulalip KANU TV 99 is available on the web as a Live Webstream. It displays in psychedelic colors on the library's computers. Perhaps it will look more normal on your home machines.

Thanks to Santa Ysabel Tribal Library for pointing this one out.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Saving Languages...

In yesterday's New York Times there was an interesting article about native languages, Its Native Tongue Facing Extinction, Arapaho Tribe Teaches the Young. Thanks to the American Indian Library Association (AILA) email list for pointing this one out.

Clicking around the AILA website's Other Resources page led us to another interesting web resource, American Native Press Archives and Sequoyah Research Center's Tribal Writers Digital Library.

There is so much out there...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

WebCam in the Neighborhood

It's not exactly scenic, but fairly close to right here if you are away and want to know what the weather is like: there are web cams at the airport. Scroll down, there's actually four of them; they update every 10 minutes.

There's also a webcam at the B&B at the bottom of Place Road. And a lot of other cameras around the area (more than there used to be...)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

What We Have

It's a moving target: right now there is a pile of donated materials—kid's books, music CD's, textbooks, etc.—that haven't been put in the database yet. But this minute, October 6, here is what we have:

  • total items, 3585
    • 2325 for kids
    • 1260 for adults
  • The adult items are about 80% culture and local interest topics.
  • The children's items are about 20% culture books, and the reading level breakdown is as follows:
    • 460    Culture books, all ages
    • 121    Beginning Readers
    • 527     Intermediate Readers
    • 636    Advanced Readers
    • 574    Middle School

P.S. The online catalog is always available.

P.P.S. Take a look at the kid's books that aren't in there yet (click for larger image):

OK. Can't resist. What We Have:*

Monday, September 29, 2008

OnLine Exhibit from National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. has a new exhibition, Beauty Surrounds Us. They have put a presentation online featuring some of the pieces of art, with explanatory material, maps, etc. Certainly it would be better to see the exhibit for reals, but we are not there, and this is pretty good. Beauty Surrounds Us needs a pretty good connection, as it is heavy on graphics. Come look in the library computer lab if your machine isn't up to it.

Thanks to the American Indian Library Association's email list for pointing this out.

It's Good To Have Friends Who Are Librarians

A old friend, a librarian on vacation in Australia, has sent us four children's picture books about Aborigines.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

More Tribal Library Blogs

We have learned of a couple more tribal library blogs:

Including our own presence and the Santa Ysabel Tribal Library in California, that makes four tribal libraries that we know about who have blogs, i.e., web pages with frequent updates about news and resources.

There are certainly lots more tribal libraries with web pages, but they tend to be static descriptions of the libraries and their services. The bloggy pages are special because they keep changing...

Thursday, September 4, 2008

New Stuff Coming In

We are nearly to the end of our grant year, and we are spending the last of our funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. An armload of new materials arrived yesterday and are already processed. Come take a look! (And thankyou, IMLS, for what is turning into a terrific library...)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

NorthWest Indian News

We have a few DVDs of old episodes of NorthWest Indian News. But it turns out that they make all the old episodes available online. Yours to watch for just a click. The August 2008 episode has a little footage from Canoe Journey.

Friday, August 29, 2008



We've been adding covers to our catalog at LibraryThing. Messing around with books is always a pleasure, and some of these cover images are just terrific.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Blogging Children's Books

Muscogee (Creek) author Cynthia Leitich Smith has posted an interview with the Abenaki author, Joseph Bruchac, on her blog, cynsations. Leitich Smith writes for all ages of native children, and we have three of her books in the collection: the lovely picture book, Jingle Dancer; a collection of stories for middle-school age kids, Indian Shoes; and a teen novel, Rain Is Not My Indian Name. Joseph Bruchac also writes for all ages, and has published scores of books; we have too many to list here (about 30!!)

We learned about this interview from Nambe Pueblo teacher Debbie Reese. We use her blog, American Indians in Children's Literature, as a reliable source of suggestions for titles to hunt for (as well as titles to avoid). She has strong opinions, and is always entertaining to read...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Laughing Boy

One of our readers spotted a copy of Oliver La Farge's classic 1929 novel about Navajo life, Laughing Boy, at the Goodwill. It's being processed for the library and will soon be available for checkout.

Please keep us in mind. We are always grateful for any suggestions, donations, and book scouting!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


This weekend there was an interesting editorial in the New York Times, Broken Justice in Indian Country. The author, Bruce Duthu, is a Native and a legal scholar; we have his new (2008) book, American Indians and the Law.

We have a few other legal titles, not too many. Stephen L. Pevar, The Rights of Indians and Tribes. Wilcomb E. Washburn, Red Man's Land, White Man's Law. Time to hunt for more.

Friday, August 8, 2008

A Little Pile of New Culture Books...

We have a dozen or so new culture titles, some for adults and some for children. They are being processed and should be ready to check out by the time you wander over to the library. One of the most interesting is Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee, by Indian authors Paul Chaat Smith and Robert Allen Warrior. The book was published about ten years ago, but has the advantage of having been written by academics who are Native (Comanche & Osage, respectively).

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Breaking Dawn

It's here. Be the first to check it out!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Science on the Web

This is too cool not to share. Yesterday's entry at SpaceWeather.com pointed out a movie from NASA's Stereo-B spacecraft of an eruption on the sun. SpaceWeather says, "The movie spans a two day period, July 12-14, and shows a blob of gas five times the size of Earth being hurled away from the sun. Earth was not in the 'line of fire' so no geomagnetic storms or auroras resulted from the blast."

Click for movie. It's a big file.

Today's entry is pretty amazing too... images of today's solar eclipse projected onto the floor by the windows of a mosque in Isfahan.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Now There Are Seven

One of our readers brought us a pile of Tony Hillerman titles. They've just been processed, and can be checked out.

Yaay. And thank you.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

DVDs: Have Some, Wish for More

We have some DVDs, not a lot but worth taking a look at. If you have some movies sitting around the house that you know you won't be watching again, why not bring them to the library and we can put them into the collection for others to enjoy...

Some of the covers of the movies are shown here:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Just Good Reading

One of our readers has gotten into Kirk Mitchell's series of mysteries with Native detectives (an FBI agent and a BIA investigator). We have four of them, enough to keep you entertained for a couple of summer weeks.

P.S. It looks like we have only a couple of Tony Hillerman's mysteries. We'll work on getting more.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Ktunaxa Elder Tells a Story

In the Summer 2008 online issue of National Parks magazine, Ktunaxa elder Liz Gravelle tells a story in the Ktunaxa language. It's part of Moving Mountains, a story about Glacier National Park.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Library News: New Culture Books for Kids

Our librarian friends in New Mexico have sent the library another box of children's culture books. We'll keep them all together for a little while so you can drop by and take a look at them...

Some of the covers are shown here:

Friday, June 27, 2008

Rare Books or Not

The landscape of hard-to-find books has changed a lot since the Internet came along. Some titles remain rare or expensive, but in effect nothing is hard to find. The networks of used book stores such as Abebooks.com can turn up almost anything. And a surprising number of older, out of copyright titles can be found and printed off the Web (though printing on 8.5x11 paper and then trying to get the printouts bound does not turn out beautiful books, but it's the content that counts.)

A few examples:

If you know of other important texts the library should have, please let us know, and we will work on getting hold of them one way or another.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Removing Dams

The Elwha River Restoration Office has sent around a link to a video of the removal of Marmot Dam in Oregon. We've put the link in our section of Elwha River links. It lasts about ten minutes and is well worth a viewing. Our turn to watch a river be reborn is coming...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Summer Reading Programs at the Public Library in Town

In addition to the summer reading opportunities for kids in the Lower Elwha Klallam Library and at the Community Building on the Upper Rez (see previous post), you might want to check on activities at the public library in town. The North Olympic Library System is offering summer reading activities at the library, including programs at 2:30 on Thursdays, prizes, weekly guessing games and activities, and all kids of entertaining encouragement.

Call them for more information, or just turn up. Registration has already begun...

There are a lot of wonderful resources on the web encouraging reading and talking about the advantages of keeping the reading muscles exercised all summer. MLS W.O.R.K.S (Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative) has some nice pages. The website for National Summer Learning Day includes a "2008 Talking Points" file that eloquently describes the need for summer activities and reading.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Summer Reading Party on June 19th

Summer Reading Program
KickOff Party and
Ice Cream Social

Thursday, June 19th, 2008
5:00 to 6:30 PM
in the Library
behind the Tribal Center

Come sign your kids up for Summer Reading, check out some books, and have a good time. Or come anyway, even if you are not signing up a child for summer reading!!

At the party we will also be celebrating a new selection of children’s books donated by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Libri Foundation, and the Washington State Library.

There will be endless amounts of summer fun: books, prizes, food, treats. The party is only the beginning. The Summer Reading Program will run from June 23rd to August 28th, and will be happening BOTH at the Library and in the community building at the Upper Rez.

The daily schedule will be:
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. breakfast
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. reading and culture activities
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. lunch

Sign up on Thursday, June 19th and let us know whether your kids will be coming to the library or to the upper rez. If you can’t make it to the party, don’t worry about it: you can sign up any time.

Are you interested in summer reading for grownups? Talk to us. We’ll see what we can invent that will work for you.

Those Vampires and Werewolves in the Neighborhood

The Stephenie Meyer books (Twilight series), set in Forks, are wildly popular with middle-school and high-school readers (and with grownups). Vampires in Forks, werewolves on the Quileute Rez. We just received the first three titles in the series and ordered #4, which comes out in August.

Well, they're wildly popular with girls, but we hear that guys don't fancy them. So we've ordered a First Nations adventure/fantasy series, The Way of Thorn and Thunder, by Cherokee author Daniel Heath Justice; and hope to persuade some guy readers to try them out and let us know if they're any good.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I Wish I Were a Butterfly,Two Little Trains, and Other Treasures

We have received shipment of new childrens' picture books, through a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Libri Foundation, and the Washington State Library. We will keep them out and together in case you would like to take a look at them. Just ask in the library.

Some of the covers are shown here:

, or take a look at all 67 titles.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Resources: News Stories on Education in 'The Scout Report'

The Internet Scout Project has pulled together some news reports on the topic More Native Americans choosing to attend public schools off the reservations. Links include an interview with Sherman Alexie, some photographs, and some interesting stories.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

New in the Library

This week's new arrivals include Anishinaabe novelist Louise Erdrich's new book, The Plague of Doves; Return of the canoe societies : a history of the first nations' coastal tribes of B.C. by Rosemary I. Patterson; the award-winning children's picture book by Sam Sandoval, Beaver steals fire : a Salish Coyote story; and When languages die : the extinction of the world's languages and the erosion of human knowledge by K. David Harrison.

We've also added some additional DVDs, mostly feature films with native actors, or native-related content.

Stop by the library to borrow any of these titles, or just to take a look at them.

Just Arrived!

We now have all three of the 2008 American Indian Youth Literature Awards books. Each year, the American Indian Library Association chooses a picture book, a middle school book, and a young adult book. To read a little bit about these titles, go to the press release.

Even if you are not a kid or a parent, stop by and take a few minutes to read Crossing Bok Chitto. It's a very moving story, and the paintings, by Cherokee artist Jeanne Rorex Bridges, are just beautiful.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Resources: Shadow of the Salmon, an online movie

Salmondefense.org has released a docu-drama called Shadow of the Salmon. It's free on the web. It has some Canoe Journey footage.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Library News : New Children's Culture Books

Two librarians in New Mexico have sent the library a box of children's culture books. We'll keep them all together for a little while so you can drop by and take a look at them...

Some of the covers are shown here:

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Library News : Opportunity to Learn About Using Databases

Beth Witters, head of the reference department at the North Olympic Library System in Port Angeles, will be here at the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Library to talk to anyone who is interested about the free online databases which are available from home to users with a NOLS library card (easy to get one!!)

The presentation will be on Tuesday, May 13th at 9:30 AM in the education building. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

To see a list of the available resources, go to http://tinyurl.com/5u4dxs     If there is a particular database you would like her to talk about, let us know. There is still time to ask her to add particular resources to her presentation.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Resources: OnLine Native Resources

The librarian at the Santa Ysabel Tribal Library in California keeps finding wonderful resources and posting about them in her library's blog. Recently she has found:

Another blog to keep your eye on is American Indians in Children's Literature. The author, Debbie Reese, is enrolled at Nambe Pueblo in northern New Mexico, and has a lot to say about books written for children. We also have two major print resources on this subject, Through Indian eyes : the native experience in books for children by Beverly Slapin, and A broken flute : the Native experience in books for children edited by Doris Seale and Beverly Slapin.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Resources: Native Youth Magazine

Interesting website for kids: Native Youth Magazine. Want to be famous all over the web? They accept submissions! "Native youth between the ages of 12 and 25 are encouraged to submit articles, poetry, profiles, photos and illustrations." Details on their Questions page.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Resources: Interesting Story About Language Reclamation

In Technology Review, Saving a Language: A rare book in MIT's archives helps linguists revive a long-unused Native American language, a story about using a bi-lingual bible published in 1685 to help the Mashpee and Aquinnah tribes on Cape Cod reclaim the Wôpanâak Language.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Widget

Oh it's just cool. If you go view our collection on LibraryThing, then click on "Cover View", you get a display kind of like this:

only it goes on and on and on and on for about 2200 titles... Instead of all the books, try looking at only the culture books. Just remember to click on "Cover View" and maybe also tell it to show 100 titles at a time, for the full visual experience.

P.S. We have about 3000 items. That 2200 number is just what got uploaded to LibraryThing.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Online Resources: Elwha River Restoration

The Library Collection

We have about 3000 items in the collection, mostly books but including DVDs and audio CDs. We also receive about a dozen newpapers from other tribes, such as Smoke Signals, Native Voice, Indian Life, Muckleshoot Monthly, and Indian Country Today.

About a third of our materials are for adults, and most of these are either culture- related or of local interest. The adult collection also includes items about health, education, family and child development topics. The children's books include both cultural materials and many of the standard general children's books, both for younger children and for middle school and up.

The catalog is not online yet. We uploaded most of the database to LibraryThing so you can get some idea of what titles we have. This link pulls out some of the culture and local-interest titles...

Online Resources: Canoe Journey

2009 Canoe Journey: Paddle to Suquamish
Canoe Journey Links:

Online Resources : Photographs

OnLine Resources: Tse-Whit-Zen

Peninsula Daily News article March 17, 2008: Restoring TseWhit-Zen to cemetery will begin soon

Other Links:

Library Hours and Location

We are located in the Education Building. Open 8 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday to Friday. Call us at (360) 452-8471 x122