Elwha Library

Available Books

We Have Cookbooks 
​​In the library, we have cookbooks,

​​Come by and check some out.

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
  • DVD/VHS/Audio

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.

​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 candisplay 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.​

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.)​