We have made some progress: Jim has succeeded in downloading several books to his iPod from Netlibrary, and is working on an instruction sheet. Soon we'll be able tell you exactly what you have to do. Remember, the first step is signing up from inside the library, after that you'll be able to get them from home. There are also some directions available from the State Library's audio portal.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
We have recently received quite a flow of donated items for the library, lately mostly children's titles. Jim almost always has a couple of books to process, or couple of DVDs. We are up to 4958 items. Pretty soon we'll hit 5000. Shall we have a party when we get there??
We are always happy to receive donations. Do you have books or movies you aren't using anymore?
Here is a selection of the newest additions to our kids' books:
Native news stories which have caught our eye this week:
- Indian Tribe Wins Fight to Limit Research of Its DNA — Havasupai win a seven year case against genetic researchers at Arizona State University
- The Muckleshoot Tribal School received donations of books for teen readers through Operation Teen Bookdrop.
- CNN had a story this week about the Hoh Tribe's efforts to move out of the flood plain of the Hoh River: Constant flooding forces out Pacific Northwest tribe
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Debbie Reese's American Indians in Children's Literature blog has an interesting short piece pointing to essays by other people coming from the point of view of other cultures, but with the same concerns she has about cultural accuracy in books written for children—Fairy Tales: Zero Tolerance; and Details Matter—Especially if it’s my culture!.
Monday, April 5, 2010
We need someone with an interest in downloading audio books to listen to on their iPod, to test out the new access. From inside the library we can see that the database lets you in if you log in from one of the machines here. We can set up an account for ourselves from here, but are unable to download the actual books from here. If you have an interest, please come into the library, set up an account, and then go home and try to load a book, THEN come back and tell us how it went. We're all in suspense here.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Wandering around the web, finding stories:
- Yakamas say development is damaging sacred cultural sites (Yakima Herald)
- The dam removal project in the Klamath Basin is in a public-comment period. Removal would not begin until 2020, and would be even larger than the Elwha removal project.
- Part of the health care reform package was a provision making the Indian Health Care Improvement Act permanent
- Dedication of the two water treatment plants, one for Port Angeles and one here at Elwha, which are prerequisite for the Elwha River restoration project will happen on April 2.
- The fuss over tuition support for out-of-state native students at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, had another chapter this week (additional story). Truth: I can't quite figure out how things were left.
- University of Michigan is preparing to return a collection of 1300 culturally unidentifiable human remains. This is pursuant to a March 15 ruling from the Department of the Interior that "transfer of culturally unidentifiable remains is to be made to a tribe from whose tribal or aboriginal lands the remains were excavated or removed."
This is not news, per se, but very interesting. Chelsie Papiez of Evergreen College has posted her masters thesis on the web. It's about climate change effects and tribes' traditional ecological knowledge. Climate Change Implications for the Quileute and Hoh Tribes of Washington: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Assessing Climatic Disruptions to Coastal Indigenous Communities is a 128 page PDF file. She has also posted a 20-page version, Climate Change Implications for the Quileute and Hoh Tribes. Either one is interesting reading, and pertinent to Elwha's similar position as a coastal tribe.