Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
(Klallam Language and Culture, K-12, Higher Ed, and Tribal Library)
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spring Cleaning

Do you have books or movies around the house which you are not using? For kids or for grownups? The library would love to have them!!

Either we'd put them directly into the collection for other library users to borrow — which always makes us very happy — or we would put them in the giveaway bookcase. We emptied it during the book give-away at the Christmas party, and it would be nice to have more for people to choose from.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Some New Books Are Here

A few culture books for children and young people...

...a whole bunch of GED stuff...

...and we now have this year's Newbery Award winner, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. You're welcome to come check it out of the library. But you could also watch/listen to the author read the entire book online, as he read it chapter by chapter to live audiences on tour. He's a good reader, and it's a treat to hear the accents (and now and again the audience's laughter.)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Interview with Ron Allen

Indian Country Today this week has an interview with Ron Allen. We have received the paper issue in the library, and it is also available online.

Traditional Foods

It looks like we have about 20 titles in our collection on traditional food, native ethnobotany, and related topics. We've marked them in our online catalog so you can pull them up together. Some are children's books, but still illuminate the topic. Come by the library and ask us aout any of these titles.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Wish Lists

We will be receiving a small donation for books to add to the library. Let us know what you think we should be getting. Library users have already suggested more books by Roald Dahl (we have 7 already), Paul Goble (we have 11), the Dragonlance books and other series by Margaret Weis (alas, we have none of those); and one library user has given us a list of titles about beadwork (we have a few), native foods (we have a number of those, and will pull together a list for you in the next few days), and other native culture topics.

The money won't stretch indefinitely, but will help us get at least a few things. Please let us know your suggestions.

Online Resources

A discussion on the AILA (American Indian Library Association) mailing list has generated a number of suggested online resouces:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New Books Coming

Thanks to a donor, we have a few new books on their way. Middle-school readers and grownups too will be glad to hear we've ordered Neil Gaiman's Newbery-award winning title The Graveyard Book, and also his Coraline, which is the basis of a new movie. There will also be a couple of picture books for little kids, and a couple of middle-school history books. We'll let you know when they get here.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Aboriginal Film Festival

The Prairie Librarian blog has a listing of Aboriginal Film Festivals. Most of them are far away, but the Cowichan International Aboriginal Film Festival in Duncan, BC, April 16-19, is certainly nearby and in a place we know well since last year's Canoe Journey. The Cowichan Festival includes events for Student and Youth Films. But you'd need to act fast to get your application in. The submission deadline is February 15th.

Friday, February 6, 2009

What's Happening With the Library

We're keeping on...

A small stream of donated materials continues to come in, and we're up to more than 3700 items. We are trying to keep the library/computer lab open 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, weekdays. It's been pretty quiet in here lately. Come see us; check out some DVDs or books.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

National Museum of the American Indian Collections Online

NMAI has begun putting images of its entire collection online. Their press release says they have more than 800,000 items so the entire project may take some time :-) There's a nice Washington Post article about the project. There is a search page for what is already online at http://www.americanindian.si.edu/searchcollections/home.aspx

Some of the objects are really beautiful. I was going to include one of them here, a Quileute adze with bird effigy handle. But it turns out you have to pay the Museum for permission to reproduce their images on a website. (Free for one-time use in a school project. Go for it!) So just click here to look at it.