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Hold Your Next Event at the Library!

There’s room for you at the Library. From business meetings to weddings we have a space for your event. Free parking and convenient locations in Mid-town, Mountain View and Eagle River.

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Celebrating Welcoming Week 2019

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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How Does the Library Choose Its Items?

An interview with the Library's Collection Management Coordinator, Laura Baldwin, explains how items find their way to our shelves, apps and computers.

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Community Resource Coordinator

Meet the Community Resource Coordinator (CRC) at APL

Are you looking for help with housing, healthcare, job searching or community assistance? The CRC can connect you to available community resources and help you find the services you need.

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Test and Career Resources from Learning Express

Do you need to study for a test? Learn more about a certain career field? Find resume and cover letter templates? Learning Express has resources for students and workers in a variety of industries.

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Between the Covers: Romance Book Club

Join us at the Chugiak-Eagle River Library on Saturday, September 14 at 3 pm for a discussion of this year's Great Big Romance Read title, The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics.

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Weekly Summer Concerts @ Loussac

The sunshine is here! Get your blankets and sunglasses and head to the Loussac Library lawn on Thursdays at noon June 6-August 15 for our summer concert series, Live @ the Library.

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Introducing our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan

See our process, learn our outcomes and be part of the future of your Anchorage Public Library as we focus on our mission of connecting people to education, information, and community.

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APL Summer Discovery is Here! May 18-July 31

Author visits, science programs, live music, and of course, reading! Be sure to track your reading and discovery activities on our Summer Discovery log sheet and turn in by July 31 for prizes!

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NASA at the Anchorage Public Library

Meet a real NASA astronaut in a program for all ages! Rex Walheim will be visiting all five APL locations Tuesday, July 30th-Saturday, August 3rd to share his experiences in space.

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Letter from the Director

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Summer Discovery Author Visit: Steve Sheinkin

Join Anchorage Public Library in welcoming author of award winning history books, Steve Sheinkin, to all five APL locations during our Summer Discovery July 16-18.

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Author Visit: Jacqueline Woodson

Join Anchorage Public Library in welcoming National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jacqueline Woodson at a public event on Wednesday, July 10 at 7 pm at Loussac Library.

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Anchorage Public Library Celebrates Pride 2019

Check out our booklists for suggestions to celebrate Pride and look for APL downtown on Saturday, June 29 for the Equality Parade and PrideFestival.

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Chugiak-Eagle River Closure Update

On May 10 the Chugiak-Eagle River library was closed due to damage caused by the November 30 earthquake. The library will re-open on Tuesday, June 11th.

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Are You Ready for Reading Rendezvous?

Join APL for Reading Rendezvous on Saturday, May 18 from 12-4 pm. We'll kickoff our all-ages Summer Discovery program with juggling, magic, music and more!

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APL Hosts the Alaska Biz Fair Friday, May 10

Have a business idea and need help getting it off the ground? Have an existing business you'd like to grow? Come learn how others have taken their business concepts from "idea" to "I did it."

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Friends of the Library Book Sale, May 3-5

Join the Friends of the Library for the spring book sale at Loussac. Doors are open from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 12-4pm on Sunday. Members of the Friends get preview access on Friday from 6-8pm.

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Update: Donating Materials to APL

Starting April 1, Loussac Library will only accept donations Tuesday-Thursday, 10 am-1 pm. Limit 2 boxes per donation. Donations to branch locations must still be coordinated with the branch manager.

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Get Ready for Growing in Girdwood

Spring is here and Gerrish Library in Girdwood is hosting a series of events to make 2019 your best season yet! Join us for a variety of activities on all things growing in Alaska.

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April is Financial Literacy Month at APL

APL is partnering with the Alaska Chapter of the Better Investing Club to offer two classes on investing and investment research. Join us at Loussac on April 23 at 2 pm and April 25 at 6 pm.

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Celebrating National Library Week, April 7-13

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. Come celebrate with us!

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APL Friends of the Library: Beyond the Stacks

Join us Saturday, April 6 for Beyond the Stacks. A fundraiser benefiting the Friends of the Library. Proceeds help sustain essential library programs like Summer Discovery and Live @ the Library.

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Prop 3 – Preserve the Past and Invest in the Future

The April municipal Vote-By-Mail election contains Proposition 3, a bond to rehabilitate essential municipal facilities, titled AREAWIDE FACILITIES CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT BONDS.

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Author Henry Fountain Visits APL

Anchorage Public Library is thrilled to host “The Great Quake” author Henry Fountain. Join us at Loussac Library on March 28 at 6:30 pm, or at the Chugiak-Eagle River Library on March 30 at 3:00 pm.

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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 2020 Library Champion library card.

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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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Get Down to Business at your Anchorage Public Library

Business owners and entrepreneurs we're here for you. Tune in to 650AM KENI for our limited edition Anchorline Podcast, Wednesdays in February, at 2pm. Plus check out our business resources.

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Japanese Day of Remembrance


Honor the Day of Remembrance with The Japanese American Citizens League Alaska Chapter’s photo exhibit, opening with a short documentary: Sugihara Survivors: Jewish and Japanese, Past and Present.

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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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Author Sherry Thomas Visits APL

Anchorage Public Library is thrilled to host best selling author Sherry Thomas. Join us at Loussac Library on February 7 at 6:30 pm, or at the Chugiak-Eagle River Library on February 9 at 3:00 pm.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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