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APL's Safe Opening Plans and Services

Out of an abundance of caution we have modified library services. Our priority continues to be the safety of patrons and staff. Please read our full update for all the latest news.

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APL is Here to Help Job Seekers

Anchorage Public Library is presenting virtual workshops to give job seekers the tools they need to succeed. Join us online from 4-5 PM every Tuesday, April 6-27th.

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Anchorage Municipal Election April 6th

Anchorage residents are receiving their ballots for the April 6 Municipal election. Your vote matters! Learn more about candidates, issues and how to vote by April 6th.

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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 2021 Library Champion library card.

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Making Tax Filing Easier with AARP and APL

It’s tax time, and AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers are ready to help you through a series of Facebook Live events and free tax prep assistance by appointment.

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Anchorage Reads 2021 Launches February 1st

Join APL for Anchorage Reads, community led program to promote reading, literacy and community-building by inspiring people of different ages and backgrounds to talk about the same book.

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What We Know: COVID Vaccine Info Live Events

Join APL and Anchorage Health Department as we tackle your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and share the latest accurate information about development, roll out and what comes next.

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Database a Day during the month of January

To kick off 2021, 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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Calling all Teens: Book Reviews for APL

Teens - now you can get an hour of volunteer credit just for reading! Use your time this winter break to read and send us your brief (at least 100 words) review.

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Become a Library Champion Today

Donate $100 or more to the Friends of the Library or Anchorage Library Foundation by Dec. 31, and get a special Library Champion library card with artwork by Jessica Weiss Thomas.

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Navigating Your Healthcare Options @ APL

Still haven't enrolled in a health care plan? Not sure how Medicaid works? APL partners with community resources to help you and your family find the best options for your health care needs.

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Alaska Counts - the 2020 Census Deadline Extended

Make sure you are counted by participating in the 2020 census! This once-a-decade count provides important information that will have an impact on all Alaskans.

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Banned Books Week: September 27-October 3

This year Out North and the Anchorage Public Library are teaming up to present unAUTHORized - a special September series highlighting and discussing challenged books.

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Community Connects Virtual Events

Community Connects, a collaboration of many local organizations, is hosting a series of virtual events that will provide opportunities for community members learn about racial violence and injustice.

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Beyond the Stacks Goes Virtual September 23-27

It’s the Friends of the Library Literary Auction, an online fundraiser featuring rare books and literary-themed packages! Proceeds go to the Friends of the Library to support collection and programs.

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Poetry Social Hosted by Mountain View Library

Join our bimonthly online gathering space for poets, poetry fans, and the poetry curious. Participants have opportunities to share their writings, listen to other poets, and engage in guided writing activities.

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Summer Reading @ Anchorage Public Library

It may look a little different, but never fear - Summer Reading is back at APL! Create your account online or print out a paper chart to track your reading journey.

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Anchorage Public Library Celebrates Pride 2020

We're proud to have a library collection that represents all members of our community and we're excited to share some of our favorite titles with you here.

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Library Information Center

Anchorage Public Library is your connection to education, information and community. Find links to trusted organizations for information and advice regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

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A collaboration between APL & Welcoming Anchorage

Join the community conversation as we come together while we're physically apart and capture what Anchorage looks, sounds and feels like as we Hunker Down in Anchor Town.

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Virtual Programs for Everyone @ APL

Missing your favorite library staff, or just looking for a little connection to your community- join us for a virtual program. We're hosting storytimes, on-line contests, book clubs and more!

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Proposition 7 - Questions and Answers

Get the facts on Proposition 7 on the April 7 Municipal Ballot. Ballots will be mailed out on March 17 and must be returned to a designated location by April 7.

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APL Friends of the Library: Beyond the Stacks

Join us Saturday, April 11 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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Connecting Communities of Readers @ APL

APL has launched a Goodreads group to help our readers share their love of reading with each other, and make connections through our online community.

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Anchorage Public Library is Now Late Fine Free

Effective January 2020, borrowers will not be charged overdue fines for Anchorage Public Library items. We are excited to take this step to improve the library experience for our community.

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Internships offer a helping hand to the Library

Internship opportunities at Anchorage Public Library offer opportunities for students to gain experience across multiple locations and areas of focus while supporting the library mission.

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Share Your Kid Picks with the Library!

APL wants to hear what kids are reading and loving. Stop in to any library location and ask for a Kid Pick bookmark to share your favorite books so others can love them too.

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Did You Know? APL Has Visual Assistance Technology

APL has options for people who experience low vision. Each location has an electronic magnifier, large type keyboard and screen reading software for in-house use with our public computers.

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Find Your Next Winter Read with APL Digital Resources

Anchorage Public Library offers our cardholders a variety of digital services so patrons of all ages and interests can find their next read, watch or listen. Find your favorite today!

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Robots Helping People Help People

Advances in technology at Anchorage Public Library strive to enhance our patrons’ experience while improving staff efficiency and giving us more time to offer individualized service.

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Connecting Community Through Stories

Anchorage Public Library hosts over 600 storytime and story telling events a year to serve the diverse wants and needs of our community. Check out our upcoming Spanish Bilingual and String storytimes.

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November is National Novel Writing Month

Each year in November, people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a new novel. Join us at the Chugiak-Eagle River and Loussac Libraries to reach your goal.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale, November 1-3

Join the Friends of the Library for the fall book sale at Loussac. Doors are open from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 1-5pm on Sunday. Members of the Friends get preview access on Friday from 6-8pm.

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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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Tundra Vision: Bringing History to Life

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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Alaska Book Week: October 3-12, 2019

Celebrating Alaska Book Week October 3-12

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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Meet the Author: Annie Boochever

Anchorage Public Library is pleased to host Alaskan author of Fighter in Velvet Gloves, Annie Boochever for 3 appearances at Mountain View, Loussac, and Chugiak-Eagle River October 1-4.

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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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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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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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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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Did You Know? UAF Cooperative Extension

The UAF Cooperative Extension, Anchorage Outreach Center is now on the 4th floor of the Loussac Library. Check out a class, pick up free information, and so much more!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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