Parents & Teachers

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The Library is your partner in your family's learning. Through free books, educational programs, online tutoring, and more the Library will help your child get ready for Kindergarten and develop a love of reading that will last throughout their lifetime.

Schedule a group or class visit at the library

Schools, daycares, scouts, and other youth groups are encouraged to visit our libraries anytime! Groups of 10 or more should contact the Library to schedule your visit. For groups with children under 8 years old, there should be 1 adult for every 7 children.

With at least a week’s notice, we can gather research materials for school groups if you are researching a specific topic, and if availability allows, we can offer a special storytime or research how-to presentation for your group. Students can check out materials with an existing library cards or get new cards on the day of the visit. Learn more about getting a library card.

To schedule a librarian to visit your school, contact the librarian at the closest library branch. We focus on outreach visits during April and May but are willing to come any time of year!

We welcome homeschoolers to visit our libraries any time! We offer classes on using library resources. Contact the closest library to find out when the next program is. Additionally, we may be able to visit your group at an outside location.

For more information about the Scout Patch program for  Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Trail Life USA scouts, American Heritage Girls, and more, please check here.

Resources for making the most of a library visit:

For more information about bringing a group to the library or having a librarian visit your group, please contact the your closest library location. You may also call the Youth Services Coordinator, Elizabeth Nicolai, 907-343-2840, or email

Early Literacy & Countdown to Kindergarten

Reading Rendezvous & Summer Discovery

The Anchorage Public Library hosts Reading Rendevous as a kick-off event of Summer Discovery, a program encouraging our community to continue reading and learning through the summer. It is a free, community-sponsored event at Loussac Library. Local businesses offer activities and games, and there have also been musicians, live animals, and more in the past. All summer long keeping track of reading and learning activities, and you will earn prizes!

Reading Rendezvous kicks off Summer Discovery on Saturday May 16, 2020, 12pm to 4pm.

Encouraging a Love of Reading

  • Tumblebooks - an interactive online reading experience where kids can read along to all sorts of books with interactive games and quizzes to make reading even more fun!
  • Start With a Book - a way to explore topics and find books and expansion activities to engage children in reading
  • Juvenile Series and Sequels - find the next book in that great series
  • Best Homework Practices - tips from Scholastic to help with the homework struggle
  • Battle of the Books – information about the Alaska Battle of the Books program

Learning in the Age of the Internet

With so many online education tools, it can be tough to figure out what’s best for your child. Here are some guides to help you navigate education in the age of the Internet:

Curriculum & School Standards

The national PTA and Council of Great City Schools offer free brochures with Common Core standards listed by grade level for all states. Available in English and Spanish.

Information Literacy Standards


  • IDEA - long running Alaskan homeschooling support program
  • Frontier Charter School - homeschooling through Anchorage School District with access to tutors, sports, and other activities