Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Neon Orca

Friday we went on a field trip to the library of the Port Gamble S'Klallam tribe, our other cultural sibling, over at Little Boston, near Kingston. We picked up the librarian of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe on the way. As we were shown around, sat around talking, and ate scones and juice (librarians ALWAYS feed each other), we were by way of having a mini-conclave of the tribal librarians of the south shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The library is simultaneously the tribe's library and a branch of the Kitsap Public Library. Very nice new building, just opened this fall. The teen area has furnishings chosen by the kids themselves, including a wing-backed chair for reading; and an enormous beautiful neon piece by Jimmy Neon, the leaping orca from the tribe's logo; the artist had to use blue instead of black so it would light up, but oh my it is very cool.

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