Matanuska-Susitna Borough

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

Summer Reading This Week!

THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 16TH IS THE UNITED STATES. BE SURE TO COME BY AND GET YOUR GRAB BAGS AND TUNE IN ON ZOOM.

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Library Scavenger Hunt!

The Library is holding its own photo scavenger hunt this summer! Can you figure out where MaryRose is hanging out around Talkeetna and around Alaska? See if you can find the locations from weeks 1-4 and 7 and identify the plants in week 5 and the spiders in week 6!

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The Library Is Reopening!

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The Library is pleased to announce our Reopening on Thursday May 21st! The Library Staff have missed you all so much!

The Library will look a little different when we reopen. We understand it will take some time to get used to, but we want to make it accessible for everyone. Here's a glimpse of what changes you can expect:

  • We will be limiting the number of people in the Library at one time to 20 people. This number includes staff. We will have a sign on the door letting everyone know if we have reached capacity.
  • Library Staff will be asking a series of screening questions to everyone entering the building. These include if you have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, if you have been feeling ill, and if you have been traveling. If the answer is yes, you will not be allowed in. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • There will be a one-hour time limit for anyone coming into the library. This includes desktop computer time and browsing/checkout time. 
  • We ask that all patrons maintain social distancing while in the Library. We have limited the amount of computers available and limited the amount of seating to make this possible. 
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the library. Teens can come in on thier own, but are also asked to abide to the one-hour time limit. 
  • We encourage you to wear a mask while in the Library, not only to help protect yourself, but also those around you. Your Library Staff will be wearing them as well.
  • There will be sanitizing stations around the library. We ask that you wipe down your computer or sitting area before and after use.
  • We are unable to have meetings in the building at this time, so Strong Women and Story Time/Summer Reading will continue to be online for the time being. 

We will continue to offer curbside service once we reopen. There will still be no holds from outside libraries for the time being. We will be quarantining all items being returned for 7 days and overdue fines are now back in effect. The outside book drop is always open, for the time being we ask that you utilize that rather than coming in if you have no other library business. If you can, please pay any fines online to minimize patron-staff contact. 

100% Committed to Serving Talkeetna Safely!

Summer Reading Grab and Dash!

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Its Summer Reading time again!

The Library plans to begin our Summer Reading Grab and Dash on May 28th. We will be offering mostly virtual and take away activities this summer in an effort to promote health and safety at the Library. Our first activity is scheduled for June 18th. Stay tuned for more! While the Library reopened to the public on Thursday May 21st we are unable to host meetings, due to this we are unable to offer in-person Summer Reading at this time. However, the Library will be offering virtual Summer Readng accessible through ZOOM for the duration of the summer. 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: 437-891-841. Please join us from 11:30 to 12:30 on Thursdays for a fun virtual Summer Reading Program with Miss Geri and guests! We will continue to offer Summer Reading online throughout the summer. 

We will be shifting to a new reading log this year. Rather than the clumsy paper ones we will be offering an online tracker! It can be accessed through Alaska Summer Reading or via the Beanstack Tracker App. Both are easy to use and allow you to keep track of your reading minutes and the different books you read over the summer. Entire families can be signed up under one log in and participate in different reading challenges and activities. Please note- when signing up you will need to search for the Alaska State Library rather than Talkeetna Public Library. Call or come by the Library if you need help signing up.

Adults and Teens! Why not try out one of our Library bingo cards? Come by the Library and pick one up or download them off the website! We are offering two different cards, one with different reading locations and one with different reading categories. Complete a line or the whole card and be entered to win a prize!

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The Food Pantry will be handing out lunches to go and take home lunch backpacks every Thursday! Make sure you come by each week and get yours! Unfortunately, at this time the Food Pantry and the Library will not be offering Lunch on the Lawn.

Curbside Checkouts

While the Library reopens to the public on Thursday May 21st we would like to remind everyone that curbside service is still available. The same procedures are still in effect. 

You can call to request an item or place it on hold through your online account. You WILL NOT be able to request items from other libraries. The checkout limits remain the same: 20 items total, 7 of which can be movies. New books have a 14-day loan period, movies are one week, and regular books are 4 weeks. Upon return, items will be quarantined for 7 days before being checked in, cleaned, and returned to the shelf. All materials need to be returned in the outside book drop, movies and audio materials included. All materials will be back dated to the date they were put in the book drop, any late fees accrued while materials were in quarantine will be removed from the account when the item is checked back in. 

This service will be offered Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 3pm. You MUST call the library at 861-7645 to request a pick-up day and time and then call again when you are in the parking lot. There will be no staff/patron contact. When we receive your call telling us you are in the parking lot we will bring your items out to the bench where you can pick them up. Please stay in your car until staff have gone back inside.

Trailhead and Chase Parking Passes

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The Library is going to be able to offer 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. It 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

The Library has limited quantities of 1040s, Schedule 1, Schedule 2, Schedule 3, Schedule A, Schedule B, and Schedule C forms. Due to the limited quantities we are limited to one each per person. Addition forms can be found at Forms and Instructions.

Story Time, Thursdays (Sept - May)

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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

The Mentor program has now finished for Winter 2020. We will being the program again in September 2020.

Page to Screen Tween Program, Oct-April

Movie Nights will resume in October.

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

Movie Nights will resume is October.

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

Meetings will resume in September. Please stay tuned for the 2020-2021 book list.

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 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