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Database a Day during the month of January

To kick off 2020, 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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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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APL is Teaming Up to Help Job Seekers

Anchorage Public Library is teaming up with community partners to give job seekers the tools they need to succeed. Join us from 6-7:30 pm at Loussac Library every Thursday Jan. 13-Feb. 20.

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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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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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2020 Library Champion card design by Melissa Shaginoff (Painting of a crane and raven)

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 beautiful artwork by Melissa Shaginoff.

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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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Navigating Your Health Care Options @ APL

Still haven't enrolled in a health care plan? Not sure how Medicare 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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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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APL New Faces: Welcome Keelin and Ariana - photos of librarians

APL New Faces in Youth Services

Anchorage Public Library is excited to welcome two new librarians to our Youth Services team. Keelin Baughman has joined our Mountain View branch, and Ariana Meyrich-Blomquist is at Muldoon.

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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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Banned Books Week 2019 at Anchorage Public Library

September 22 - 28 is Banned Books Week. APL is marking the week with a Banned Books Quiz on Sept. 26. Join APL and the Friends of the Library as we celebrate our freedom to read and discover.

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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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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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The Great Big Romance Read: The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics

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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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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Illustration of ticket with text: Alaska Biz Fair: from idea to I did it! Free event, May 10, 12 to 5 pm, Anchorage Public Library,

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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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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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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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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Foundation Directory Online

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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Anchorage Public Library Strategic Plan 2019-2021

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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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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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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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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