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Talkeetna Public Library

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The town of Talkeetna is located about halfway between Anchorage and Denali National Park, and offers tons of adventures as well as great views of Denali.  The Talkeetna Public Library/Community Resource Center is located about 2 miles from downtown, and serves three Upper Susitna Valley communities – Chase, Talkeetna, and Susitna North (aka the Y, or Sunshine) – as well as remote homes along the Alaska Railroad and along the Talkeetna, Susitna, and Chulitna Rivers.  The library provides various resources and programs to change lives and build community.

Talkeetna Public Library
PO Box 768
Talkeetna Alaska 99676

Alaska Reads

Talkeetna Public Library is going to be joining the Alaska Reads Program for the Fall! Join Alaskans from all over the state in reading and experiencing Heather Lende's book Find the GoodUnexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer. Talkeetna will host an online meeting on November 6th for community members to discuss the book and hopefully (fingers crossed) get a chance to have a virtual meet and greet with Heather Lende. Stay tuned for the login info for that meeting. Come by the Library and check out a copy of Heather's book!

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Holds are Back!

As of September 1st you will be able to place holds on Mat-Su items. Holds can be placed on library materials from Trapper Creek, Willow, Big Lake, Sutton, and Wasilla. You can place holds via the online catalog, over the phone, or in person at the Library. Come by and get that book you have been dying to read!

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month! So what does that mean for Talkeetna Public Library? If you have lost your card come by and get a free replacement! 

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Absentee Voting

Absentee voting at Talkeetna Public Library will run from October 19 to November 2. 

Did you know you can apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you? Come by the library and pick up an application or visit Alaska Division of Elections for find out more!

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Trailhead and Chase Parking Passes

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The Library is offering in-building purchase of Trailhead and Chase Parking Passes once again. 

Trailhead parking passes are good at the following locations: Pioneer Ridge-Austin Helmers, Jim Creek Recreation Area, West Butte, Lazy Mountain, Matanuska River Park, Crevasse Moraine, Government Peak Recreation Area, Alcantra Sports Complex, S Big  Lake Parking Lowt, Ayrshire, Settlers Bay Coastal Park, Downton Talkeetna, Christiansen Lake, Talkeetna Lakes, and WHIGMI. The price is $40 for one pass and $30 for a second pass. In building purchase can only be done with cash or check. Trailhead passes are valid until December 31, 2020. If you wish to pay online you can visit Trailhead Pass Purchase. If you purchase them online your pass will be mailed to you. 

Chase and Ayshire Parking Passes can only be paid for in the building with cash or check. The permit covers parking in the lot only. Storage of materials, goods, or trash is prohibited. Unregistered, unlicensed, or junk vehicles will be towed at the owners expense. You will need to provide a copy of your driver's license and proof of insurance. You will also need to provide your Tax ID, mailing address, contact information, and make, model, color, and license plate number for the vehicle being assigned the permit. 

2020 Census

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Census Bureau has decided to pause all field operations. This means that currently all responses to the 2020 census will need to be done online or over the phone. And it has never been easier! If you want to respond online the website is: my2020census.gov. If you would like to answer over the phone, please call: 1-844-330-2020. 

Tax Forms

Tax forms can be found at Forms and Instructions.

Story Time, Thursdays (Sept - May)

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The Library will be hosting virtual story time during the fall and winter months. The ZOOM meeting ID is: 437-891-841. Go to ZOOM to join! Preschool Story Time with stories, crafts, games, and songs happens every Thursday, 11:15 a.m. from September through May. All ages are welcome, but especially preschoolers between 0 and 5 years of age.  You may call the library at (907) 861-7645 for further information, or visit the library’s Facebook page.

Mentors, Mondays, 3-4:15pm

Unfortunently, due to occupancy restrictions the Library will not be hosting the Mentors program this fall. Please check back in January.

Page to Screen Tween Program, Oct-April

Unfortunently at this time the Library has decided to not host Tween Movie Nights this year. Tweens will still be able to pick up a book each month.

Tweens join us from October to April for an evening of fun. Each month we read a book and watch the movie based on that book. Come to the library for snacks, discussion, and a book. Each month you get a copy of the next month's book to take home and enjoy. The program meets on Saturdays from 5-7 pm. The tween program is for those in grades 4, 5, and 6 and ages 9-12.

Please contact the library if you have any questions.

Books 2 Movies Teen Program, Oct-March

Unfortunently at this time the Library has decided to not host Teen Movie Nights this year. Teens will still be able to pick up a book each month.

Teens join us from October to March for an evening of fun. Each month we read a book and watch the movie based on that book. Come to the library for snacks, discussion, and a book. Each month you get a copy of the next month's book to take home and enjoy. The program meets on Saturdays from 6-8 pm. The teen program is for those in grades 7-12 and ages 13 and up.

Please contact the library if you have any questions.

Community Book Club

The first meeting for BBC will be October 13th at 11:15 on Zoom. We will be discussing Wild Rivers, Wild Rose by Sarah Birdsall. Please stay tuned for the Zoom login info. 

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The Breakfast Book Club (Talkeetna’s own BBC) meets on the second Tuesday of fall, winter, and spring months from 9:30 to 11:00 am.  Coffee and tea are provided, and potluck breakfast finger foods are welcome!  

The 2020-2021 book list includes Wild Rivers, Wild Rose by Sarah Birdsall and Find the Good by Heather Lende. 

The 2019-2020 list of Breakfast Book Club books are: Vox by Christina Dalcher, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, The Library Book by Susan Orlean, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, Becoming by Michelle Obama, Educated by Tara Westover, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, and Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner. 

For more information please call (907) 861-7645.

Strong Women, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 to 11 am

While the Library is reopening to the public on May 21st we are unable to have meetings in the building. Due to this we will continue offering Strong Women virtually through ZOOM. You will need to download the ZOOM app or go to the webpage at https://zoom.us/ in order to participate. It will ask you for a meeting ID: 125-086-783. Please join us from 10 to 11 Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 

The Strong Women Program meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10 to 11am. The program is a National Fitness Program for women with a goal of lifting women to better health. Please join us as we improve our balance and core strength!

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Please contact the library for more information.

Sewing Circle

While the Library is reopening to the public on May 21st we are unable to host meetings in the building. Due to this Sewing Circle will not meet until further notice. 

Do you like to quilt and sew? The library has a monthly sewing circle where community members can come and share tips, ideas, and spend time sewing. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 11-4.

Friends of the Talkeetna Library

Advocates for the Talkeetna Library are the local Friends group.  The Friends support the library through advocacy and monetary support for programming and other needs. To support the Friends of the Talkeetna Library without cost to you:

  • Sign up for Fred Meyer Community Rewards by linking your rewards card to the Friends using their NPO number: 87145
  • When you order from Amazon.com, choose the Friends through Amazon Smile
  • When you sign up for your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, you can support the Friends through Pick, Click, Give. 

You can follow the Friends on Facebook or on their web page, www.friendsofthetalkeetnalibrary.org