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Exciting Things Are Happening at the Library this Month!

Thanks to a grant from the Washington State Library and funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, we’ve been able to go on quite the shopping spree over the last few weeks. The Library has received nearly 200 books so far (with more on the way) and over 20 new DVDs including some popular movies. We’ve also been able to upgrade our library software so that you can now search our catalog from anywhere any time! This is called an Online Patron Access Catalog, also called an OPAC, and serves as a searchable database of the Library’s collection which you can access online.

Using our new Web OPAC, you can not only search our collection, but also places holds on materials you wish to check out, renew materials you already have checked out, and review materials you have checked out and what their due dates are. This is the first time in a long time our collection will be searchable from outside the Library, and we are very excited to be able to get the opportunity to provide this new service to you! To access our new website, navigate to www.15339.rmwebopac.com or to www.elwha.org/departments/elwha-library where you can find a link to the site. Please note that in order to manage your account through the Web OPAC, you will need to come in or contact us to set up an online account. As always, email Jason.morris@elwha.org or call 360-452-8471 ex. 7431 to contact us.

In addition to the new Web OPAC, we’ve also received numerous new books in the last couple of weeks. All of them are exciting new additions to the collection, but among the more exciting of them include:

·         The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nicole Hannah-Jones, a reframing of US history through the lens of the slave trade and its repercussions down through history          

·         Five Little Indians by Michelle Good (Cree), which recently won the CBC’s Canada Reads book competition

·         Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller (Cree), which was also shortlisted for Canada Reads

·         The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota Sioux), “a rich education and delectable introduction to modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories, with a vision and approach to food that travels well beyond those borders”

And so many others, too many to list here. You can find our new books and DVDs on our new website listed under New Items, and as always, you are welcome to come by for a visit to check out the new materials for yourself!

Elder Book Delivery

We are considering starting a new program at the Library which would deliver books to Tribal Elders weekly or as often as necessary. Participants in the program would select books (either through the Library’s web catalog or by contacting us directly) to be delivered to their home and books will be picked up as well when finished. We are currently assessing the feasibility of such a program and would like to hear your feedback to understand how much demand exists for the program. If this sounds like a program you would be interested in participating in, please contact Jason with any feedback you might have. You can visit us during our business hours, Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, call at 360-452-8471 extension 7431, or email jason.morris@elwha.orgor jessica.egnew@elwha.org. We look forward to hearing from you!



Mon, 18 Apr 2022 23:29:00 +0000


We've Got New Books!

Thanks to a generous grant from the National Science Foundation and administered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Library, we’ve been able to purchase a number of new books on climate change, social justice, and deep time. There are some really interesting and exciting new books, including Generation Brave: The Gen Z Kids Who Are Changing the World by Kate Alexander, The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth by Rachel Ignotofsky, The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change by Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman, The Whale Child by Keith and Chenoa Egawa (Lummi and S’Klallam), and many more. Special thanks also to Bonnie Roos, the Librarian at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library, who notified me of this opportunity. I hope to see you soon to check out some of these amazing books!

Also very exciting, the Tribal Council moved us into Phase 4 of re-opening this week, which means we are one step closer to returning to normal! What this means for the Library is that we are now welcoming up to 15 patrons in the building at a time and that all of our computers are once again available for use by the public. Computers are available from 8:00am to 2:30pm.






Wed, 23 Mar 2022 17:13:00 +0000


Join the Library in Celebrating Women's History Month!
March brings Spring, St. Patrick's Day, and, of course, Women's History Month. With the Tribe's recent move into Phase 2 of reopening, we are welcoming visitors back into the Library, so come join us in celebrating Women's History! We have many books for all ages about Women's History, including books about Native women as well as women from the Olympic Peninsula and the wider Pacific Northwest. We have too many books to list here, so come in and browse our collection (a small selection of Women's History books are displayed in the Library), or contact us to learn more. 

We are also starting a new Grab Bag program where you will receive a random selection of books from our collection which can be picked up contactlessly or in the Library.  Simply contact us, indicate what type of material you would like to receive (e.g. children's, teen's, adult's) and staff will grab a selection of books from the shelves and will notify you when they are available for pickup. You can also indicate if you would like specific types of books, such as Women's History, non-fiction, fantasy, etc. 


Tue, 01 Mar 2022 19:03:00 +0000


The Library is Back Open to the Public!
The Tribe has moved into Phase 2 of reopening, and that means that the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Library is finally back open to the public for the first time in 2022! We are excited to welcome members of the commnunity back into the Library. As a reminder, we are open to the general public regardless of your affiliation with the Tribe. Thanks to the small size of our building and the requirment to maintain social distance, we are only allowing up to two patrons into the Library at a time. As a result, we recommend that if you need to come in to use the computers or browse the collection/check out materials, you should give us a call or send an email to request an appointment. Additionally, because the Library hosts the after-school program in the afternoons, we are only available for the general public from 8AM to 2PM. In other exciting news, we will be setting up self-circulation in the Library soon, which means that you will be able to check out books contactlessly. This update will also come with access to our collection via the web, meaning you will be able to search our collection place holds, and manage your library account from home. Keep an eye hear, because I will be updating this blog when the changes happen. We can't wait to see visitors back in the Library, and I hope you will come pay us a visit soon!

Wed, 23 Feb 2022 00:02:00 +0000

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Library

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday - Friday
Located in the Education Building behind the Tribal Center
452-8471 x122
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