There are several interesting new postings on Debbie Reese's blog, American Indians in Children's Literature, critiquing chidren's books and other manifestations of popular culture. One of the benefits of following her discussions that we could build an enormous shopping list of children's books we know are really good :-) Another benefit is that in the comments you may run into other native bloggers, such as When Turtles Fly, who has a post on top at the moment about language recovery in California (Eselen/Chumash); find out that in science fiction fandom there is a huge argument raging about racism and cultural appropriation (1)(2)(3); and might end up wandering off to any number of other native blogs, such as Native Unity — whose post on top at the moment is about the Navajo Nation's Fire Rock Casino and future gaming development in Navajo country. Or visit triBaLOG, Native American Netroots, Censored News, and so on.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
The first order of items purchased with the grant from New Mexico Community Foundation and the Kathryn Avenue Fund has arrived. They are sitting by the "New in the Library" sign, right in front of you as you come in the library door. Stop by and take a look.
Many thanks to the New Mexico Community Foundation and the Kathryn Avenue Fund.
We have more money to spend from this grant, which can be used for books and subscriptions, and we're getting ready to assemble the next order. Please let us know if you have suggestions.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Thaanks to Rachel Hagaman for pointing this out: Yakama Elder teaches tribal language at University of Oregon. The story is lovely, and the photo of the instructor, Virginia Beavert, age 87, is absolutely awesome.
We've also learned of a series of DVDs about preserving languages. One of them, A Remarkable Legacy : Saanich, is about a man in Saanich, on Vancouver Island, who is working to preserve the Sencofen, which belongs with the Coast Salish family of languages. This is one DVD we certainly need to figure out how to get...
Monday, March 16, 2009
We have some DVDs and are slowly accumulating more as people donate them, both native content and general entertainment. But we could use lots more. If you have DVDs around the house that you are unlikely to watch again, please consider donating them to the library.
A random selection of our DVDs is shown below. Or take a look at most of them.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The library has received a donation from the New Mexico Community Foundation and the Kathryn Avenue Fund, for purchase of new materials. We are putting together an order, so we want to hear from you about books you think we should buy, and subscriptions you think we should have.
Don't wait too long to let us know, we are really really eager to get the first order in!
Remember: you can check online to see what we already have at http://www.librarything.com/catalog/elwhaklallamlibrary.
We got this one from the American Indian Library Association (AILA) email list: a slideshow of the Crow Tribe Trip to 2009 Inauguration.
And this one is just, well, "Wow!" "What a gorgeous library" "Where on earth...?" "Who knew the software exists to do that?!" (Link came from Jessamyn West at librarian.net. She twittered it yesterday.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Not sure any community members other than library staff ever stop by this library web page — but according to statcounter, some people do. Including an electronic visitor from Botswana, and another from Alexandria. The real one, Egypt not Virginia.
The public library has a lot of useful databases for articles and other kinds of information available to you, from home or on the tribe's computers in the Education Building. Go to their website at http://www.nols.org
and pull down the menu under "Articles and Databases" to see some of the choices. There's a ton of stuff there, from the Wall Street Journal to Genealogy to Small Engine Repair. You will need a library card from the Public Library to log in. We have library card applications for the Public Library here in our library behind the tribal center, and can help you get a card.
Among the most useful resources is the Learning Express test preparation database (listed under 'Education & Careers'). It includes both education components —a LOT of people are preparing for GED tests right now—
and a wide array of job-related test preparation choices.
Come into the library if you need help with any of these resources. Step one is getting that library card from town. We can help with that too.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Interesting new posts at the American Indians in Children's Literature blog.
Indian Country Today has a story about the new Washington State University report on Native American students in Washington State.
There will be a preview showing of the TV series We Shall Remain in Seattle on April 1, a special event arranged by KCTS and featuring actor Russell Means as a guest. The DVDs of the five programs will be available at the end of April, and Tracey is collecting donations so that the library can buy the set; then we'd be able to have showings for the community. Contact Tracey at x.121 if you can contribute. And of course the programs will be broadcast on PBS...
We've received a wonderful children's book about two boys who ride the rails home from boarding school. It's a true story; at the back of the book is a photo of the artist's father and uncle, who lived the story in the 1930's. Home to Medicine Mountain by Chiori Santiago and Judith Lowry is being processed, and will be available for checkout soon.