FOCUS ON NATIVE AMERICANS Date: Summer 2008 no. 08-03 NEWS 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. RC 60312. 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. BR 10192. 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. RC 41284. Workplace wellness 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 www.loislenskicovey.org/grantApp2008.pdf. 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/ grants/nativeAmerican.shtm.