FOCUS ON NATIVE AMERICANS
Date: Summer 2008
Joseph Medicine Crow, author of__ Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow
Chief on the Reservation and Beyond (RC 62442)__ and an American
Indian Library Association (AILA) 2008 Youth Literature Award winner,
has been nominated for a Congressional Gold Medal for his heroic actions
during World War II. The ninety-four-year-old veteran from the Crow
Tribe was also nominated for a Presidential Medal of Freedom by Senator
Jon Tester of Montana.
Joseph Bruchac, a Native American author of stories and poems for
children and adults, will be a participant in this year's National Book
Festival, which will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2008, on the
National Mall in Washington, D.C. Information about the festival is
available at www.loc.gov/bookfest.
NLS has produced the following titles in audio or braille format:
The Arrow over the Door. RC 46648.
Bowman's Store: A Journey to Myself. RC 47175.
Children of the Longhouse. RC 43907.
Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two.
Crazy Horse's Vision. BR 13064.
The Dark Pond. BR 16147.
The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story. BR 09943.
The Girl Who Married the Moon: Tales from Native North America.
Gluskabe and the Four Wishes. RC 43269.
The Great Ball Game: A Muskogee Story. BR 10047.
The Heart of a Chief: A Novel. RC 49205.
Hidden Roots. RC 65485.
Iroquois Stories: Heroes and Heroines, Monsters and Magic.
A wellness fair was held during the 2008 American Library Association's
annual conference in Anaheim, California, on Sunday, June 29, 2008. The
exhibit hall featured health-related products, cooking demonstrations, and
posters from librarians across the country sharing health initiatives in their
libraries. Demonstrations of chair yoga, seated pilates, and hula dancing
were held in an exercise pavilion. In addition, an online site titled Join the
Circle of Wellness@Your Library is now available at
www.ala-apa.org/wellness/home.html. The site has an inventory form to
assess workplace wellness and perceptions of workplace wellness at
libraries. It also hosts a "wellness passport," designed to help monitor
personal wellness week by week.
Lois Lenski Covey Foundation grants
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc., is a charitable institution that
assists organizations in their efforts to provide books to young readers
who might otherwise lack access to children's literature. Established by
Lois Lenski, the 1946 Newbury medalist for Strawberry Girl (BR 09585,
RC 15118), the foundation annually awards grants to public and school
libraries that serve at-risk children. Funds are earmarked for purchasing
books for young people and are not intended for administrative or
operational use. Tribal libraries are eligible. Completed 2008 application
forms must be received by September 15. Grants will be awarded on
December 15, 2008. For further information and an application contact
Michael Covey, the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box
255366, Sacramento, CA, 95865; or e-mail
[log in to unmask] The application form can be found at
National Institutes for Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries, in conjunction with the Institute
of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Historical
Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), will host a three-day
conference on "Training for American Indian Library Services,"
October 21 23, 2008, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The cost is $200. For further
information and an application, contact Susan Feller, conference
coordinator, at (405) 522-3515, or e-mail [log in to unmask]
us. Details can be found at www.tribalconference.org.
IMLS Native American Library Services basic grants
The Native American Library Services basic grant is noncompetitive and
available to Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations to
support existing library operations and maintain core library services. The
Education-Assessment Option is supplemental to the basic grant. It also is
noncompetitive and must be requested. The purpose of the Education-
Assessment Option is to provide funding for library staff to attend
continuing education courses and training workshops on- or off-site, for
library staff to attend or give presentations at conferences related to library
services, and for libraries to hire a consultant for an on-site professional
library assessment. The grant period is one year and the amount varies.
Applicants are required to file online. The deadline for FY 2009 is March
3. Details can be found at www.imls.gov/applicants/