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Searching for information on Native American tribes and Native nations? These big web sites may be able to help you.

You can search tribes alphabetically to learn about them, and learn about native languages as well as native culture. Try putting the name of the tribe you are looking for in the search box to see what other information they list, or scroll down to find the names of tribes listed alphabetically.

If you would rather search by location using a map, you can find state-by-state information, covering historic and contemporary information, languages, culture and history.

If you still need more help, contact a librarian to be sure you get what you need.

 

Photo of Bob's dad in 1944In November of 1943, my Dad joined the US Navy at the age of 18. After basic training in San Diego and electrician training at Kansas University in Lawrence, he was assigned to service aboard an attack transport ship. He has often made light of this assignment, likening the captain and crew to that of the 1960s comedy McHale’s Navy. Sure, there were ships that experienced combat more directly. But just being in the South Pacific during those years left one under continuous threat of enemy attack. For instance, his ship once had to take evasive action to avoid hitting a mine; they fought off a kamikaze attack; and on April 1, 1945, his ship was one of the first ships in to debark troops for the final major battle of the war -- Okinawa. I’ve always been very proud of my Dad and his service to our country.Photo of Bob and his dad in 2015

So August marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Although it was thought that the war would only end with an all-out invasion of Japan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa ended up being the final fights with men against men; this was, of course, because of the atomic bombs being dropped on the cities of Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9.

Interested in reading about the closing days of the war? Here is a list of books on the two final battles and the catastrophic events that brought the war to a sudden end.

What was that book we read for the Capitol Hill Library Pageturners book group two years ago?  I want to recommend it to someone but can't remember the title. 

Capitol Hill Library Pageturners, 2013 - 2014

 

September: The Great Divergence: America's growing inequality crisis and what we can do about it, by Timothy Noah

 

October: The Secrets of Mary Bowser, by Lois Leveen

 

November: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt

 

December: The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt

 

January: Radioactive : Marie & Pierre Curie, a tale of love & fallout, by Lauren Redniss

 

February: My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor

 

March: Last Night I Sang to the Monster, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

 

April: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, by Timothy Egan

 

May: When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice, by Terry Tempest Williams

 

June: The Crying Tree, by Naseem Rakha

 

July: The Rook, by Daniel O'Malley

 

August: The Tiger's Wife, by Téa Obreht

Capitol Hill Library Pageturners, 2012 - 2013

 

September: Waxwings, by Jonatan Raban

 

October: We're with Nobody Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics, by Alan Huffman

 

November: State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett

 

December: The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery

 

January: Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and A Vast Ocean of A Million Stories, by Simon Winchester

 

February: Ten Little Indians: Stories, by Sherman Alexie

 

March: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson

 

April: If on A Winter's Night A Traveler, by Italo Calvino

 

May: Food, Inc., How Industrial Food Is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-- and What You Can Do About It

 

June: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, by Paul Torday

 

July: Salt: A World History, by Mark Kurlansky

 

August: Spiderweb, by Penelope Lively

Capitol Hill Library Quarterly Classics, 2013 - 2014

 

October: Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes

 

January: American Pastoral, by Philip Roth

 

April: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

July: Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

Capitol Hill Library Quarterly Classics, 2012 - 2013

 

October: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by Simon Armitage

 

January: The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

 

April: Medea, by Euripedes

 

July: Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf

Capitol Hill Library Pageturners, 2011 - 2012

 

September: Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, by Daniel Okrent

 

October: Mink River, by Brian Doyle

 

November: March, by Geraldine Brooks

 

December: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

 

January: The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman

 

February: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, by Heidi W. Durrow

 

March: Palace Walk, by Najīb Maḥfūẓ

 

April: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, by Mary Roach

 

May: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

 

June: Death With Interruptions, by José Saramago

 

July: Bretz's Flood: The Remarkable Story of A Rebel Geologist and the World's Greatest Flood, by  John Robert Soennichsen

 

August: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, by Tony Kushner

Capitol Hill Library Pageturners, 2010 - 2012

 

September: Lean on Pete, by Willy Vlautin

 

October: The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey

 

November: The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century, by  Edward Dolnick

 

December: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer

 

January: River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, by Candice Millard

 

February: The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore

 

March: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson

 

April: Moby Dick, Or, The Whale, by Herman Melville

 

May: The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction, by Tim O'Brien

 

June: The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

 

July: Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City, by Greg Grandin

 

August: Arthur & George, by Julian Barnes

 

The Storm of the Century:Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster

by Al Roker

Weatherman Al Roker of the Today Show tells the gripping tale of the hurricane that swept throughGalveston, Texas in 1900 leveling the city and killing thousands.

The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong

by David Orr

David Orr, the poetry columnist for NYT Book Review, presents a cultural biography of Robert Frost's iconic poem and how it is recognized and used around the world.

Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act

by Barry Yourgrau

The author, a severe hoarder, humorously tells his struggle with getting rid of his clutter and the myriad of therapies he tried to help him overcome his mess.

Take a bite of an apple. Chew, swallow, and then presto, it comes out the other end! But how does it happen? How do our bodies turn an apple into fuel that helps us play sports, breathe, walk, and talk? The digestive system is the body system responsible for this process. The basic process is well understood by scientists but new research is coming out all the time changing the way we understand the inner workings of our guts.

Image of the organs of the digestive systemThere are many resources on the Internet and through the library that can help you learn about the digestive system. Visit KidsHealth or TeensHealth to find information in English and Spanish for kids and teens including videos, articles, and puzzles to help you learn all about the digestive system and other health topics. Ask a Biologist lets you ask a real biologist science related questions. Ask a Biologist also has lots of great information about microbes and the role they play in our digestive systems.

The Multnomah County Library has science databases where you can search for topics, view videos and print pictures to help with school reports. Today's Science is a database that can help you answer questions like, "What is the latest research on the roll of bacteria in our guts?" or to ask more general questions such as, "how does the digestive system work?" For help using Today's Science, the library provides this useful handout.  If you need to look up basic facts about the digestive system, but can't use Wikipedia, try using Grolier Online, a science encyclopedia. Here you will find information for elementary, middle and high schoolers, great for writing school reports.

When you use the library databases outside of the library, you will need to log in with a library card. Try using key words like: "Digestive System," and "Body Systems." Topics that might include the Digestive System are "Human Anatomy & Physiology," "Nutrition," and "Health."

Check out this video from KidsHealth about the Digestive System from KidsHealth:



If you want to explore this topic more, or if you have more questions about any of this, Ask a Librarian! We’ll be happy to talk more about it.
 

Here are summer delights recommended by a few of my favorite people. No names,  just a few salient traits. Click on the list to find the associated character trait!

You may not be able to tell a book by its cover, but can you match a reader with her/his favorite book of Summer 2015?

Guess away, which is whose favorite? Sorry, the winner only gets bragging rights. Hint: All pics below are Avatars, chosen by me.

Willy Wonka asks if you write poetryIf you are trying to teach others about writing poetry, how should they get a start? Will they set out to rhyme? Will they rely on imagery?  Will they make a list of words they have to use? Will they use magnetic poetry as a tool? Will they be offended if their funny poem doesn't make anyone laugh?

If you can make the time, there are several poetry-building tools for your perusal. For example, Read Write Think is a top-notch resource for accessible activities. One of their most popular games is Word Mover-- a bit like using magnetic poetry, with the capability of resetting a word bank and including our own vocabulary. Other options include ReadWorks' lesson on rhythm for 1st grade and LearnZillion's learning-to-read poetry post for 3rd grade. For reluctant readers, try the PBS Haiku game or the Fun/Games page on the Shel Silverstein websiteFor specific lesson plans, try using Poetry Archive or the National Education Association

And if students don't finish writing their poems, there is always the Paul Valery quote, "A poem is never finished, only abandoned."

 

 

Christina Hammett and Troutdale: A Perfect Match

by Donna Childsvolunteer Christina Hammett

In the best relationships, each believes they got the better deal. That is clearly the case with Christina Hammett and Troutdale Library. Christina thinks the staff and patrons at Troutdale are terrific, and library staff has the highest praise for her artistic know-how, her shining attitude, and her unflagging readiness to help. 

Thanks to fond memories of participating in Summer Reading as a child, Christina began at Troutdale as a Summer Reading volunteer; now she is also a Branch Assistant and a Youth Program Assistant. She has really shone with youth programming, designing whimsically creative, interactive storyboards—often a couple a month--for the youth librarian to use in her storytime presentations. Because she is such a talented artist, the library has also asked her to make displays for other activities: Summer Reading, Lucky Day books, and the Lego group, for example. 

Christina studied journalism at Mount Hood Community College, where she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper; she has also been a sports reporter and photographer at the Gresham Outlook. However, with the decline in print journalism, plus the tight job market for new grads, Christina is now taking stock and trying to figure out what to do, whether to go back to school and what to study. Meanwhile she has a retail job and the Troutdale Library where she feels useful and connected to her community. She loves the people at the library, working with books, and interacting with people who read and talk about books. 

Every Wednesday, Christina goes through her 10-15 page list of holds requests. Like many volunteers, she finds this task a terrific way to discover new books she might not otherwise have known about. 

Christina may be unsure of her future path at the moment, but her intelligence, poise, creativity, and cheerful enthusiasm will make her an asset anywhere. Meanwhile, Troutdale benefits from her many talents.


A Few Facts About Christina

Home library: Troutdale Library

Currently reading: The works of Agatha Christie and A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

Most influential book: The Diary of Anne Frank

Favorite book from childhood: The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

A book that made you laugh or cry: The Green Mile by Stephen King

Favorite section of the library: Fiction and mystery

E-reader or paper? Paper

Favorite reading guilty pleasure: A Song of Ice and Fire (series) by George Martin and anything by Agatha Christie

Favorite place to read: My bed

Thanks for reading the MCL Volunteer Spotlight. Stay tuned for our next edition coming soon! See last month's Volunteer Spotlight.

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler book jacketAnyone who is a fan of Star Trek will be familiar with the phrase “Resistance is futile.”  It’s the Borg’s mantra that basically means you just need to give up and become assimilated.  Don’t even think about fighting against the mighty collective as it’s no use.  You’ll surrender in the end, become a cyborg and be worse off for the struggle.  I probably would have caved, but Knud Pedersen wouldn’t have given up without a fight.  When the Danish king and government decided to give in quietly to the Nazis rather than have their country become war-torn, Knud and some fellow Danish youth decided they needed to take some action.  They took their inspiration from the Norwegians who were fighting back and the British RAF pilots and formed a resistance club.  They stole weapons, sabotaged vehicles and did damage to Nazi-occupied buildings.  Most of them were just teenagers, but they showed an immense amount of courage in standing up to the Germans who were occupying their country during WWII.  Phillip Hoose tells their compelling true story in The boys who challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club.

For more true stories of resistance, check out this list.

The characters of fantasy novels are so often great warriors or mighty magic users (aside from the hobbits of course!) .  Special people marked for greatness.  Somebody Important! What about the rest of us?  How about a book about a miller's daughter in a humble colony village?  Or a teenage prostitute? 
 
A Turn of Light book jacketA Turn of Light by Julie E Czerneda is about Jenn, a miller's daughter in an isolated frontier community.  Jenn dreams of a wider world that she can never see and as her birthday marking adulthood approaches she is in many ways still a child. Though nearly an adult and with her father suggesting marriage, Jenn is still running off to pick flowers in the meadow and dodging her chores.  Jenn has always had an invisible protector that only spoke to her.  A careless wish of hers one day turns him into a man.Karen Memory book jacket
 
In Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear,  Karen Memery ("like 'memory' only spelt with an e"), a teenage "seamstress" at Madame Damnable's Hôtel Mon Cherie in Rapid City (reminiscent of a gold rush era Seattle) is making the best of things...  Her world is full of steam powered marvels that can do wondrous things and steam powered terrors as well.  Karen is well treated where she is and knows most girls in her trade have it much, much worse.  Sensible sort that she is, she is putting every coin she can aside as a girl can't "sew" forever.  Once she had a mother and father and a good life helping them gentle horses.  Then death claimed them both too soon.  She had no higher hope than setting aside enough silver to buy a little bit of land and a couple of promising horses to train and sell, but she can't turn aside when a badly brutalized girl is found near the establishment she works at.
 
And now I'm going back to lords and heroes with the new book by Stina Leicht: Cold Iron. I always enjoy finding a new author to try.  Maybe
it'll be great!

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