Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
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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.