Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
(Klallam Language and Culture, K-12, Higher Ed, and Tribal Library)
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Absolutely True Diary

Jim just noticed that all three of our copies of Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian are in the library. If you've been meaning to read it, right now is an excellent time :-)

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Give-Away Books Shelf

People have been bringing in their paperbacks (and the occasional textbook as well), and the give-away bookcase is nearly full. If you are stuck for something to read, come by and see if anything here might suit you.

Meanwhile there are no new library books in the pipeline at the moment. We lately processed a number of donated medical and health books, about Alzheimer's disease, about diabetes, and so on. These will be useful if someone has a need for them. But there's no new culture books, and no order being put together. There is a little bit of money left from the grant. Please let us know what you would like the library to buy.

Friday, June 19, 2009

This Day

We got a fabulous new reference book, This Day in North American Indian History. We're having a hard time getting any work done, it's too much fun reading about how on this day in 1767 the governor of Louisiana issued an order that recognized the Chitimacha Indians, and on this day in 1865 the Choctaw warriors fighting for the Confederacy officially surrendered, and and and...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Canoe Journey Soon

2009 Canoe Journey: Paddle to Suquamish

The landing at Elwha will be July 29th. Departure, July 31st.

Canoe Journey Links:

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sherman Alexie

Last week, Spokane/Coeur d'Alene author Sherman Alexie made a splash in the news and around the web on blogging sites by expressing a strong opposition to E-Book readers (Kindle and the like). He has since backed off from his position (1)(2).

According to Alexie's blog, he has a new book of poetry (Face) which the library hasn't gotten yet, a book of short stories coming out in the fall (War Dances), and is working on a sequel to his young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. We will order Face; and keep our eyes open for the other new books as they come along.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Cherokee Language

Native American Times has a story about a University of North Carolina program which is sending students to Taholah, Oklahoma, this summer to study Cherokee language and culture. One of the requirements of the program is thatthe students will have to blog their experiences. Should make interesting reading...

Expanded Summer Library/Computer Lab Hours

The library/computer lab will be open 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. weekdays, now through September.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be dedicated study time for Higher Ed and GED Students. Youth under 16 will be allowed on the computers from 3-5:30 p.m. only.

Children and their parents/caregivers are encouraged to visit the Library to check out books throughout the summer. Watch for Storytimes!!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Breaking News On the Border in Mohawk Country

Indian Country Today has a full story, Mohawks continue struggle at border, which it looks like they are keeping updated. Search Google News or Yahoo News for other current stories.

Latest Arrivals

Here are a few of the latest arrivals in the library:

This batch was ordered through the donation from the Santa Fe Community Foundation and the Kathryn Avenue Fund. There's a bit more to spend.

Keep those suggestions coming!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Keeping Language Alive

A story played on NWPR this morning about Yakama Elder Virginia Beavert, who at age 87 is teaching a course in the Sahaptin language while studying for a Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Oregon. The online story includes a link to the audio. A Google image search will find you a lot of nice photographs of her.

Speaking of audio, we lately received an email from the state library, which is moving forward with its plan to have a statewide contract for online delivery of audio book. Meanwhile, however, you already have audiobooks available to you, through the North Olympic Library System. Just go to the public library in Port Angeles and get a library card (if you don't already have one), and then go to the catalog search page and choose "Download audio books". Log in with your library card.