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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