Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe...

OK, the Education Building is bigger than a shoe, but we have more than 4000 books now (yaay!) and it's CROWDED in here.

A community member will donate money for some wood, if we can find someone to build shelves for us. We need:

1. A tiny narrow bookcase. It has to fit exactly between the Advanced Readers bookcase and the Culture Books bookcase, and be only three shelves tall so it doesn't block air circulation to the thermostatand 2. One shelf added above the Intermediate Readers bookcase under the window.

If you have skills and tools, it probably wouldn't take you an hour, and the people trying to squeeze one more book into some of those shelves will be really grateful...

Monday, April 27, 2009

Indian Education Conference Links

From the American Indian Library Association email list comes this handout of Recommended Links, put together for the National Indian Education Conference by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. The conference happened last weekend.

CDC Swine Flu Site

The CDC has a page they are keeping current at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/.

They are also posting to twitter http://twitter.com/CDCemergency

Friday, April 24, 2009

More Beautiful Picture Books

Our friends in New Mexico don't seem to be able to stop buying us children's picture books. They buy them, and first they keep them around the house to read and admire. Eventually another little box turns up here in the mail.

Here's a glimpse of what they sent this time:

--or go directly to the catalog, or drop by the library to take a look.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bea Charles

There have been some very nice articles about the recent passing of Bea Charles. There was one in the Peninsula Daily News, in the Post Intelligencer, and the Seattle Times.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Wondering If Google Maps Will Show It

Eleven days to the closing of the Hood Canal Bridge. If the mapping sites don't override their robot programs manually to show reality, there's going to be an awful lot of lost tourists...

Friday, April 17, 2009

More from Out in the Blog World

We happened across a posting from a Seattle-area teen librarian on her blog interactivereader that included a discussion of the frustrations of looking for "compelling teen novels featuring Native American girls". One of the comments on this post was from Cynthia Leitich Smith, Muskogee (Creek) Nation author of books for young people, and she reminded readers of lists she offers from her web page of titles on Native American Themes in Children and Young Adult Books. (Click in the sidebar to pull up the lists).

We already have a lot of these books, as we used her lists when we were ordering during the period of the big IMLS grant. But they are worth looking at if only because they make the books sound so good. :-)

Speaking of ordering, we are getting ready to order the next batch of titles from the grant from New Mexico Community Foundation and the Kathryn Avenue Fund. Please let us have your suggestions. ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT. Requests have priority, and we will get it if we can.

Laguna Pueblo's Community Book Fair

The Laguna Public Library on Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico had a Community Book Fair this past week, their first. There are some very nice pictures on their blog.

Friday, April 10, 2009

After the Mayflower

The first episode of the PBS series We Shall Remain, "After The Mayflower" directed by Chris Eyre, will show Monday night, April 13th, at 9PM.

Watch the trailer.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

News Release from DNR

A press release from the Washington Department of Natural Resources brings the news that the Potlatch Fund's purchase of three 'canoe trees' from the Olympic Experimental State Forest, one each for Hoh, Quileute and Makah, has been approved.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Librarians Talk DVDs

We did put together that request for a small grant to buy native-related DVDs for the library. We sent an email to the mailing list of the American Indian Library Association, asking for suggestions and for lists of what they have. The results were astonishing. In one day we heard from many different librarians, who sent us links to their online holdings, suggestions of titles, lists of places to order, and so on.

These movies are not all still available; they're not all affordable; and some sound so desperately disturbing no one will want to watch them. But it's wonderful to know so much is out there. We don't have the grant, of course; all we have so far is a theoretical shopping list. Do be sure to suggest any movies you think we ought to have, so we can build them in. Just in case we actually get to go shopping.

Among the lists, suggestions and websites we received from helpful Indian librarians all over North America:

PS Next week is National Library Week. But it's this week (and every week) that we are loving our librarian colleagues. :-)

Friday, April 3, 2009

What We Have

We are putting together a handout for the community meeting on Monday evening, and asked our circulation software for some numbers. So we know that right this minute we have

3942 total items
includes 154 videos, DVDs, & CDs
and 10 calculators

1500 items for adults, 75% native-related and local

2440 items for children, 20% native-related

This includes 362 items which we have added since the IMLS Enhancement Grant ended in September, 2008, all of which came to us from donations. Thank you all very much.

Hmmmm. People are so generous, you know that the materials will keep on coming. Only 58 more and we can have a 4000-items party...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Jamie Valadez Honored...

Can't find the article in the online Peninsula Daily News, so we'll have to show you the clipping here (click for larger image):

Suquamish Long House

There a nice story in the online edition of Indian Country Today about the dedication of the new longhouse at Suquamish. The story is also in the March 18th paper edition, which we have here in the library.