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Celebrating 100 Years of the Library in Anchorage

The first Anchorage public library was established in 1917 in the parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church on 3rd Avenue and K Street. 100 years later and the Anchorage Public Library is still going strong!

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Library Partners with Children’s Hospital

A new partnership with The Children’s Hospital at Providence provides parents of babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit easy access to books, songs, movies and television programs.

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New Website

Welcome to the new!

We hope you find it easier to find what you're looking for and discover new features. Please send us your feedback if you experience any problems. We'll use your input to improve the website.


Winter eBook Reads from Overdrive

Check Out an Ebook This Winter

Stock up on eBooks for your winter reading. APL has eBooks for all ages and interests that you can download directly to your device - no library visit necessary. Happy reading!

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Image of library patron holding toy - Support the library with your PFD - We're an official Pick.Click.Give organization

Support the Library with Your Next PFD

Pick.Click.Give to the Anchorage Library Foundation or the hundreds of other Alaskan nonprofits working to build a stronger Alaska. You can make a difference for as low as $25.

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Mountain View Provides Access to 3D Printing

The Mountain View Library is encouraging patrons to get creative and try new technology. Using our 3D printer, community members have come in with an idea and turned that idea into reality.

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Thank You for Passing Prop 7

Thank you for passing Prop 7 and supporting our libraries!

This investment will rehabilitate and maintain public facilities that provide essential city functions and serve thousands of residents across our community. We are so grateful for your support!

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APL Celebrates National Library Week

Your Anchorage Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

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Cozy Up With a Good Book - Adult Reading Program

Sign up for "Cozy Up with a Good Book," APL's online reading program for patrons 18 and older. Write reviews, read and comment on other people's reviews - and of course, win fabulous prizes!

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Friends of the Library Book Sale: May 4-6

Stock up on great books for low prices and help support your Library at the Friends of the Library book sale at Loussac Library May 4-6. Special members only early entrance on Friday!

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Are You Ready to Rendezvous? May 19

Join us on Saturday, May 19 from 12-4 pm on the Loussac Lawn for Reading Rendezvous, the kickoff party for the Summer Discovery program. Enjoy family activities, live entertainment, food and fun.

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Scott and Wesley Gerrish Library 10th Anniversary 5.19.18

Celebrating 10 Years at the Gerrish Library

We're celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Scott & Wesley Gerrish Library and Community Room Building. Library boosters and the Turnagain Lions Club will host a BBQ and community activities Saturday, May 19 from 12-2 pm.

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Anchorage Pridefest: June 9-16, 2018

We're celebrating Pride this month with Drag Storytime on Saturday, June 9. Look for us at the Pridefest parade and festival on Saturday, June 16, and check out our Pride booklist.

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Author & Illustrator Visit: Nathan Hale June 5-7

Fans will have several chances to meet the best-selling author and illustrator of graphic novels and picture books including Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, Rapunzel's Revenge, and One Trick Pony.

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Celebrate Alaska Flag Day - July 9

Did you know that Alaska has the only state flag designed by a child? 13-year-old Benny Benson won the American Legion's territorial flag contest in 1927 with 8 stars of gold on a field of blue.

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The Muldoon Micro Museum of Art @ Your Library

Local artists have a place to display their work at the Muldoon Micro Museum of Art in the Muldoon Library, while library visitors get to see the artistic talents of their friends and neighbors.

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Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?

Access more than 200 classic and new Sesame Street ebooks and audiobooks online anywhere, anytime through the Alaska State Library’s Statewide Library Electronic Doorway.

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The Great American Read

Cast Your Vote! The Great American Read

Watch the 8-part TV series on PBS that celebrates the power, passion and joy of reading through the lens of America's 100 best-loved books as chosen by the American public and vote for your favorite.

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The Future of the Alaska Collection

Keeping our history alive is an important part of the library’s mission. We would like broad community input to help us chart the future course for the Alaska Collection.

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Help Us Find our Next Banner: Fireweed Photo Contest

We’re looking for our next website banner, and YOUR photo could be it! We’ve been featuring uniquely Alaskan images on our new website to greet our visitors. Now, we are asking for your help.

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Help Us Plan our Fall and Winter Schedule

Your Library hosts hundreds of events each year for all ages and interests. We want to know; when is the best time for you to attend? Take a short survey and help us build our Fall and Winter calendars.

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Meet the Author: Carola Dunn Thursday, September 6

Anchorage Public Library is delighted to host mystery author, Carola Dunn at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center from 2:30-4 pm, and in the Ann Stevens Room at Loussac from 7-8:30 pm.

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Homework is Coming. We Can Help.

The school year is just about to start, and APL is ready. Get online tutoring for subjects like math, English, and history. Work with a live tutor or use the resources to study independently.

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Celebrating Welcoming Week 2018

Welcoming Week is a celebration bringing people together at community events to celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to welcome everyone.

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Tundra Vision: Bringing History to Life at Mountain View

The Tundra Vision Lecture Series offers a space to learn about the history of Alaska – while looking at how stories from Alaska’s past are impacting the lives of people today.

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Banned Books Week 2018 at Anchorage Public Library

APL is marking Banned Books Week September 23-29 with a Banned Books Storytime for families on September 25 and Banned Books Quiz for the grownups on September 27.

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Alaska Book Week October 7-13, 2018

Celebrating Alaska Book Week October 7-13

Alaska Book Week is an annual statewide event celebrating the written word. Readers of all ages are treated to a week of author talks, book signings, panel discussions and readings.

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"My Account" Temporarily Unavailable

From October 16 through October 18, patrons will be unable to place holds, renew items or pay fines online. Checkouts are unaffected. Please call, email or visit us in person for your account needs.

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Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale: November 3-4

Don't miss your chance to get bargain priced books, DVDs, and CDs November 3-4. Friends of the Library members get early access Friday, November 2. Memberships available online or at the door.

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Help Us Plan for the Future of APL

We're working on a new strategic plan. Where do you think our community is headed? What skills will our community members need to be successful in the future? Take our survey to share your thoughts.

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General Election: Tuesday, November 6

Early voting is only available at the Division of Elections Office at 2525 Gambell St, Suite 100 through November 5. Polls will be open on November 6 from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm.

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Snowfest 2018: November 10 @ Loussac Library

Join the Alaska Avalanche Information Center for free hands on activities, gear and equipment demonstrations, movies and more to help you get prepared for your winter adventures.

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Between the Covers: Romance Book Club

Are you a romance reader looking for a place to talk about books you love to read? Join us for lively discussions, and get recommendations from a librarian knowledgeable in the genre.

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Now Available at APL: Foundation Directory Online

Anchorage area nonprofits now have access to over 140,000 detailed profiles and giving histories of foundations and grantmakers with the Foundation Directory Online.

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APL Hours During Earthquake Cleanup

Through Friday, December 14: Loussac, Mountain View, Girdwood and Muldoon libraries are open regular hours. Chugiak-Eagle River library is closed until further notice.

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Healthcare Navigators at Loussac Library

Do you need help finding quality affordable health insurance? United Way Healthcare Navigators will be at Loussac Library Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through December 15.

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Become a Library Champion Today

Donate $100 or more to the Friends of the Library or Anchorage Library Foundation before Dec. 31, and you’ll get a special Library Champion library card with this amazing Octopus artwork by Laura Dewey.

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Chugiak-Eagle River Branch Earthquake Update

The Chugiak-Eagle River library will open from 2 pm-6 pm on Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22. Regular hours start Wednesday, December 26. Thanks for your patience!

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Support the Library with your PFD

Support the Anchorage Public Library by choosing the Anchorage Library Foundation when you Pick.Click.Give. Gifts of $100 or more qualify for the Library Champion library card.

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Database a Day during the month of January

To kick off 2019, Anchorage Public Library is diving in to databases! For the month of January, we'll be highlighting a different database or electronic resource from our collection.

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