Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
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Friday, November 30, 2012

Every Computer Occupied

On a day to day basis, what the community is interested in is the computers—right now every machine is occupied—, the DVDs, and the newspapers. We have a lot of new DVDs on their way into the collection. Once they are processed, we will have more than 700 DVDs altogether. We'll let you know when the new ones are in the catalog and ready to go.

The Peninsula Daily News gets a lot of action, and some of the papers and newsletters from other tribes.

But we also try to keep up with the books we should have on native history and Klallam cultural topics, and are absolutely thrilled to let you know that Dr. Montler's Klallam Dictionary has been published. It's beautiful, it's huge (987 pages), and it embodies decades of careful work with our elders. The book hasn't been processed for the library yet, but you are welcome to stop by any time to take a look at it.

Meanwhile, winter has come. The gulls on the roof of the tribal center don't seem very excited about it.

P.S. Louise Erdrich, Ojibwe author, has won the National Book Award for her novel, The Round House. We are working on getting a copy. Meanwhile we have a good many of her other books.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Many Many New Books Coming In

Here are a few of the new books which have come... There's another big pile on Jim's desk, so there will soon be more to show you.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Movies, Movies, Movies

We've added more than a hundred DVDs in the past couple of months. Many of them have been donated. About a dozen just came in that are native-related, with more to come.



Friday, May 4, 2012

Watch the Dam Come Down FAST

The Glines Canyon Dam progress since September 5th in 90 seconds. This very cool time lapse is built from the Dam Webcam archive. Whee.

6889 Items (!!!)

Here are some of the new books we have received recently. Some were purchased, but most donated. Thanks to everyone, community members, other libraries, and our budget, we keep growing. The collection will soon reach 7000 items. It's always worth dropping by to see what we have.

(...click for larger image)

Reminder: The online catalog, which comes through LibraryThing, is always available. You can sort materials out into 'collections' to zero in on what you are most interested in. You can now look separately at
    All Adult Books
    Adult Culture Books
    All Children's Books
    Children's Culture Books
    DVD/VHS/Audio

Anytime you go to the catalog, you can pull out one of these five separate views by clicking on the pulldown that says "All Collections" or "Your Library"

and choosing the one you want.

Purely for the pleasure of admiring them en masse, any time you have one of these lists of titles, try clicking on the "Covers" button. You end up with something wonderful, like this:




The Strong People

Here is a trailer for a video project, The Strong People: The Return of a River, The Rebirth of a People, by Matt Lowe and Heather Hoglund. They are raising money for the film through Kickstarter. Hope they are successful: it looks like it is going to be good. :-)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wow-Beautiful New Library at Jamestown

New Library in the Oldest Community Building on the Tribal Campus
Admiring the New Space, and the Beautiful New Cabinets

New Librarian

Their hours are Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM, and Saturdays 10-3. Their catalog is online, and their webpage serves as the gateway to their digital tribal museum project, House of Seven Generations.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Film-maker John Gussman has posted another video clip, this one about the now-nearly-empty Lake Aldwell behind Elwha Dam; and sent a link to some photos of the Lake Mills delta behind Glines Canyon Dam.

Barnard Construction continues to lower the dam at Glines Canyon, and draw down the lake. For ongoing entertainment, keep your eye on the Dam Cams.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Donation by Missouri Libraries

We have recently received some books from the University of Central Missouri and the Missouri State Library. These books are ones that have been taken off the shelves at these libraries. When this is done the Libraries offer these books to other libraries, and this time we recieved 5 books which are all about Native Americans.
We would like to thank John Baken for his generous donation of books,and thank you to the American Indian Library Association for including us on their mailing list so we can receive information about book donations, as well as other information.

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Friend of Our Library

In the year we had the IMLS grant, we added a lot of books. But not all of them were purchased with grant funds. Very early in that process, a couple of retired librarians in Santa Fe who knew about our library shopped for children's picture books and sent them to us. In the spring of 2008, along came a box of about 50 beautiful books, almost all culture- and native-related titles. And they kept us in mind for the next couple of years. Now and again, another box would come in the mail. Everywhere they traveled they kept their eye out for books for us. Altogether they gave us 107 shiny new children's books.

At the time, they wanted the donation to be anonymous. But one of them has recently passed away. She never met us or saw our library, but she was our good friend, and we are grateful to her memory. Thank you, Mary Grathwol.

Here are the covers of the 107 books Mary and her sister donated to Lower Elwha. Click for larger image, and ask Jim if there are any of these books you would like to see. Or just come take a look at the children's culture books shelves:

Prize-Winning Children's Books

A small donation check has arrived, marked "for children's books." We try to get some of the American Indian Library Association's awards titles every year, so we ordered two from AILA's 2012 list, the picture book winner :


and the young adult winner:


 Indian Country Today has an article about these and other titles which have received awards from AILA.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Finding the River


There's a new book about the Elwha River: Finding the River
An Environmental History of the Elwha
, by Jeff Crane. We'll order a copy. Except there's not exactly money for materials right now. We'll work on it, this is a book we want to have available.

[Later: yaay. The publisher sent us a copy. Jim is processing it. You can check it out in a day or two.]

Don't forget to keep your eye on the dam removal cameras at Elwha Dam and Glines Canyon Dam. Great (slow) online entertainment.

The Hits Keep on Coming

As the DVD watchers who haunt the library know very well, the collection continues to grow. Keep those donations coming, your fellow community members are grateful.

New culture titles:

New Videos:

Friday, January 6, 2012

Elwha Science Education

There's a really nice article about how the dam removals have inspired the Geoscience Education Program at Elwha.