Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
(Klallam Language and Culture, K-12, Higher Ed, and Tribal Library)
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Not-Fun Fact about Overdue Books

95% of the items presently checked out from the tribal library— books and films— are overdue. I'm embarrassed to say how many. Hundreds.

If you have any library items at all around the house, there's 19 chances in 20 that it's OVERDUE. Alas.

Please bring these items back to the library. If you never got around to reading them and holding them in your hands reminds you that you still are interested, we'll check them right back out to you and the clock starts over. But, please, we'd like to see these things and know that they are not lost. Please bring them back.

Fun Web Pages about Books

Both NPR and the New York Times have built really flashy sites about favorite books. NPR's site came first, Best Books of 2013, and has mostly (not entirely) adult books. Then NYPL constructed their Children's Books 2013 site. They look alike, yes they do: the two public institutions had many discussions, and NPR's 'Book Concierge' code was open source, so NYPL did not have to reinvent something that already worked very well. This is pretty inspiring in itself, aside from all those gorgeous books...

Friday, December 6, 2013

Good Reads

Things have been pretty quiet on the email list of the American Indian Library Association. So Janet Rice of the University of Wisconsin-Madison asked the members to list their top three American Indian novels, and compiled the results. The top 10 are:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko
The Grass Dancer, Susan Power
Reservation Blues, Sherman Alexie
Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich
The Round House, Louise Erdrich
If I Ever Get Out of Here, Eric Gainsworth
Winter in the Blood, James Welch
Fool's Crow, James Welch
Water Lily, Ella Deloria

and we have them all. Three got honorable mention:

Almanac of the Dead, Leslie Marmon Silko
Night Sky, Morning Star, Evelina Zuni Lucero
The Plague of Doves, Louise Erdrich

Evelina Lucero's book we do not have, and will work on getting a copy. Then there's a much longer list of titles which were mentioned less often. We have most but not all, and will put the titles we lack on the wish list...

Indian Killer, Sherman Alexie
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie
Rachel’s Children, Lois Beardslee
When the Legends Die, Hal Borland
Three Day Road, Joseph Boyden
Through Black Spruce, Joseph Boyden
Hidden Roots, Joseph Bruchac
April Raintree, Beatrice Culleton
Sees Behind Trees, Michael Dorris
Yellow Raft on Blue Water, Michael Dorris & Louise Erdrich
The Last Miracle at Little No Horse, Louise Erdrich
Tracks, Louise Erdrich
From Where the Sun Now Stands, Will Henry
The Last of the Ofos, Geary Hobson
Mean Spirit, Linda Hogan
Crazy Dave, Basil Johnston
Green Grass, Running Water, Thomas King
Medicine River, Thomas King
Wind from an Enemy Sky, D'Arcy McNickle
The Surrounded, D’Arcy McNickle
House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday
Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story, N. Scott Momaday
Light in the Forest, Conrad Richter
The Pow-wow Highway, David Seals
Gardens in the Dunes, Leslie Marmon Silko
Rain Is Not My Indian Name, Cynthia Leitich Smith
The Hiawatha, David Treuer
The Lesser Blessed, Richard Vancamp
The Death of Jim Loney, James Welch
The Heartsong of Charging Elk, James Welch

Friday, October 25, 2013

A River Returns

Lovely new video about our favorite topic. Video story by Michael James Warner, as shown on KQED.

Schedules, Recognitions, & So On

The After School Program has returned to its regular schedule. There will be no afterschool program on Halloween.

The library's regularly scheduled hours will be 11AM to 3 PM, Monday to Friday. It may be open earlier or later if Tracey is available. The library will be closed on Halloween.

The math tutors are in the library every week, Mondays from 9-11AM and Fridays from 2-4 PM.

Governor Inslee's has proclaimed November to be American Indian Heritage Month. A number of events are scheduled around the state.

Mo (Maurice) Charles is the very first recipient of a new recognition program at Port Angeles High School to recognize individuals nominated for going “above and beyond” their usual duties in making their school a better place, overcoming obstacles, or in achieving something noteworthy. He was "pinned" by the committee recognizing his assistance to Crystal who uses a wheelchair. Mo helps make sure Crystal and her aid can get into and out of buildings easier. He also was complimented for his academic turnaround as he has increased his attendance and completed required assignments.

Monday, October 21, 2013

We're back!!!!

A little uncertain as to schedules and plans. The library will be open at least 10AM to 3PM daily. We will plan out all the rest of it as fast as we can, and keep you posted. Meanwhile, here we are.

Low Tide on the River on October 13. (Click for larger image).
Thank you to Sue Hayek, Tom Roorda, and Coastal Watershed Institute for sharing this image.

Friday, October 4, 2013


Due to the government shutdown, the Education Department is closed. We don't know when we will be back. Watch Facebook for updated information.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Yes It Rained

All weekend, on and off, it rained. This morning we had a grey, pink and blue sunrise, then it rained some more.

The river jumped up exactly as predicted.

At the last possible moment in the water year, the rain pushed the precipitation measure at the Waterhole Snotel over last year's total (look at the red line).

Last night, it snowed just a little at the Visitor Center on Hurricane Ridge.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Storm Coming

The river is going to jump up. Thanks to Mike McHenry for passing on this river forecast.

Ojibwe People's Dictionary

Here is a beautiful language website: Ojibwe People's Dictionary. It was created and is maintained by the University of Minnesota's Department of American Indian Studies and University Libraries. A fabulous piece of work.

Another interesting language project is at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, where they are researching and translating a collection of manuscript papers written in Cherokee: Team exploring linguistic legacy of Cherokee documents at Beinecke

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tribal Librarian's Meeting at State Library in Olympia Sept. 19, 2013

 Nisqually's Bookmobile!

Tracey attended the Tribal Librarian's meeting in Olympia. The State Library hosted the meeting and gave us a tour. We got to go in the "vault" that holds the books that first came to Washington Territory original books, maps, globes, and miscellaneous materials that were funded through Organic Act of March 2, 1853 in the amount of $5,000. At the rate of inflation in 2009 the value of the books would have been $131,500. They smelled of leather and old paper - we even got to touch some of them!!! What a special visit.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Remember Library Open House

We will have ice cream sundaes! Come see our new books!!!

September 16, 2013 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie has a poetry contest on his website. If you are at all that way inclined, read the rules and send him a poem.

Oh yeah, of course the library has every Sherman Alexie book we know about, and there are still giveaway copies of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian available.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

School Supplies!!!!!

School Supplies!!!

 We continue to have a great turn out for school supplies!! Remember this is the last day. 10-3pm.
Because we have had such a great turn out we will wait till school begins before we buy some backpacks. We hope to get some great deals!

 It's going to be a great school year! I can just feel it!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Searching in Libraries

So if you find out about a book you want to read and we don't have it, let us know what you need and we will help you figure out how to get hold of it.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The River, The River

Here is an aerial photograph of the Elwha River flowing into the Strait, on August 21. Thank you to photographer Tom Roorda and to Coastal Watershed Institute for continuing to capture and share this record of ongoing change...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Library Open House

Library Open House to show off our new books! 10 a.m.-2 p.m. September 16th

The Library is located in the modular behind the Tribal Center. We have a computer lab, lots of great books (culture too!) and videos (yes we take donations!)
Join us for a Ice Cream Sundae!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Elementary Summer School Field Trip

Summer program went octopus-hunting today at Freshwater Bay where there was a good low tide. Here's Mark Charles telling the kids about hunting, cleaning and cooking an octopus. "You don't catch 'em and then not eat 'em." Octopus/devil-fish are a traditional food for Klallam people.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Absolutely True Diary Again

Once again we have copies of Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a gift from The Literacy Council, and we are giving them away to middle-school, high-school and adult students. Come by the library and ask for one if you don't already have it. It's a great read.

... :-)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

School Supplies!!!

Through generous donations from the Elwha River Casino and area churches, we will have school supplies for students!

Who:  Lower Elwha  and community students k-12

Where: Language Building behind the Tribal Library Building behind the Tribal Center – 2851 Lower Elwha Rd.

When: August 27, 28, and 29 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Return of the First Salmon Ceremony

Yesterday was the "Return of the First Salmon" ceremony. A great many people— lots of them youth— made their way to the end of Lower Elwha Road, happily picking blackberries along the way. There was sunshine, there was blue sky, there was chanting, there were blessings. There was weaving a raft of cedar boughs, placing salmon on it, and setting it afloat towards the river mouth. There were three eagles hanging around towards the river mouth in case the singing people wanted to release another delicious floating cedar platform of food. (Sorry, eagles, wait until next year.)

Friday, August 9, 2013

School Supplies!!

We went shopping for school supplies today! We will have them laid out in the Language and Culture Trailer behind the library for Tribal families to pick up August 27, 28, and 29. See you then!

We Have Cookbooks

In the library, we have cookbooks,


and cookbooks.


Come by and check some out.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Welcome to the Lower Elwha Education and Culture Blog

The new Lower Elwha River Beach!!!
With SAND! I know it's silt but it's like sand :)
Tracey Hosselkus

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Past Appears Below

There will be no more posts on the old Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Library blog. The library will be posting here.

All the old posts have been imported below this marker. Suddenly this brand new blog, Lower Elwha Education and Culture, has a history that reaches back to 2008 — a neat trick...

Friday, August 2, 2013

Ways of Looking at What We Have

We have a total of 7229 items at the moment. Some are duplicates, especially in the native-related titles. (We have three copies of Hilary Stewart's Cedar. Doesn't everyone?) The total number of unique titles is 6042.

Of native-related items about 725 are children's and young adults' (elementary, middleschool and highschool ages), about 1450 are for adults.

We also have 175 books for GED students, some general nonfiction, a browsing collection of fiction, 700 DVDs, 61 CDs... Oh, and 421 library users.

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

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 the display in the previous post.

Friday, July 26, 2013

New Books!!

We have a batch of new books (and some videos). These are native-related titles which we were able to buy with a small part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) basic grant which helps support the library every year. Although there are many donations to the library, these are the first things we have been able to buy since October of last year, and we are very excited.

Except for a new first aid book, everything we ordered this summer is native related, whether books or DVDs, children's materials or adult's. You can display all our culture titles in the online catalog, at LibraryThing.

Thank you to all the community members who have donated materials over the past year, and to IMLS for continuing to support us every year.

Drop by any time and ask to see the new items. For now they are on a separate shelf, instead of being put away among the more than 1600 other culture titles in the library. Come browse, come check some things out.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Meanwhile, Down By the Strait

The nearshore areas along the Strait and being remade as silt, sand and gravel move downstream from the former lakebeds once locked up behind the dams. Tom Roorda has given us permission to share this photo he took from the air on January 16th. A story in the Peninsula Daily News explains what we see.

Monday, January 7, 2013

National Book Award Winner

Louise Erdrich won the 2012 National Book Award for her novel, The Round House. It's really really good reading, and (beware) really really depressing. Set in Chippewa country, in 1988, it references events and characters in her earlier novel, The Plague of Doves. Likewise really really good, and really really depressing. We have both titles, and a good many of her other books, including her The Birchbark House series for middle-school readers (which some of us thought were boring, nothing like her dynamite work for adults; love to hear some other opinions on this...)

We have it in the library now.