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.