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 (aka Mt. McKinley).  The Talkeetna Public Library/Community Resource Center is currently 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

Library Closure

We regret to inform everyone that the library will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th until at least April 15th. All (and yes we mean all) materials may be returned in the outside book drop. Please place DVDs and audio materials in a plastic bag or rubber band the cases shut before placing them in the drop box. This will help keep them from being damaged.

The Library is available for help via the phone from 11 am to 3pm Monday through Saturday. Please leave a voicemail if no one answers and we will get back to you. 

The WiFi will remain on during our closure, and the digital library via Overdrive will be accessible. PFD applications and limited tax forms will be available outside the library. The Library will be available for 2020 Census help over the phone. You can access the 2020 Census at: my2020census.gov. The libraries of Alaska have decided to extend all the materials people have checked out until May 15th. The Library will begin offering virtual Story Time from 11:30 to 12:30 on Thursday April 2 and virtual Strong Women from 10 to 11 on March 31. These virtual events are ongoing while we are closed. Please join us through the meeting app ZOOM. The meeting ID for Story Time is: 437-891-841 and the ID for Strong Women is: 125-086-783.

While the schools are closed be sure to use SLED for homework and school help! These resources and others can be found at: https://lam.alaska.gov/sled. In addition, the library is providing access to a K-6 math ebook site, a grade 7-12 ebook site, an all ages audio book site, and a romance ebook site. Access to all of these is available through August 31, 2020. The K-6 math site can be accessed through: https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=aktumbles&P=trial Username: aktumbles Password: trial. The grade 7-12 site can be accessed through https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=aktumbles&P=trial Username: aktumbles Password: trial. The audio book collection can be accessed through: https://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=aktumbles&P=trial Username: aktumbles Password: trial. The romance collection can be accessed through: https://www.romancebookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=aktumbles&P=trial Username: aktumbles Password: trial. 

All events and meetings being held at the library have been canceled.

Thank you for understanding. Stay strong and stay healthy!

Trailhead and Chase Parking Passes

The Library regrets to inform everyone that due to the building being closed to the public we are currently unable to provide in-person access to these passes. You can still obtain the trailhead passes online at https://ecommerce.matsugov.us/Pages/CD/AnnualParking.aspx. If you choose to get your pass this way it will be mailed to you as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvience. 

The Library has now has Trailhead Parking Passes available for purchase. Passes are valid 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 Lot, Ayrshire, Settlers Bay Coastal Park, Downtown Talkeetna, Christiansen Lake, Talkeetna Lakes, and WHIGMI. Passes are available for purchase by cash or check at the library during normal business hours. You can pay for a pass by credit card, but you will have to wait for it to be mailed to you. Passes are $40 each and $30 for a second pass.

The Library has received the Remote Property Owner Parking Passes for Chase parking. More information is required in order to obtain a Chase Parking Pass. Applicants must have proof that they are a property owner (tax ID or parcel number), must put contact information on the application, must provide a physical description of the vehicle(s), must provide a copy of driver's license or ID, and must provide a copy of insurance for each vehicle listed on the application. All Remote Property Parking Passes must be paid for by cash or check, we cannot accept credit cards for these passes. The parking pass allows you to park at the trailhead only. Storage of materials, goods or trash is prohibited and will be removed at the owner's expense.

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 is still waiting on our delivery of 2019 tax forms. In the meantime we have limited quantities of 1040s, Schedule A, Schedule B, Schedule D, Schedule 1, Schedule 2, and Schedule 3 forms. Due to small numbers of these forms available we are limiting the amount to 1 per patron.

As we can no longer offer in-building access to these documents they have been placed in a binder on the bench outside. We are doing our best to keep the binder stocked. Some tax forms can be found online at Forms and Instructions

PFD

It's PFD Season! The Library currently has adult and child applications and envelopes for those of you wishing to file paper applications and staff are available Monday through Wednesday from 11 am to 1pm for help filing online. 

As we can no longer offer in-building access to these documents they have been placed in a binder on the bench outside. We are doing our best to keep the binder stocked. The online application can be found at My PFD

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.

 Due to the Library's closure to the public we are unable to offer in-person Story Time at this time. However, we recently set up a virtual Story Time accessible through the app 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: 437-891-841. Please join us from 11:30 to 12:30 on Thursdays for a fun virtual Story Time with Miss Geri!

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

Due to the Library's closure to the public we have decied to cancel the remaining Page to Screen Events. Please join us again in the fall!

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

Due to the Library's closure to the public we have decied to cancel the remaining Book 2 Movie Event. Please join us again in the fall!

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

Due to the Library's closure to the public Breakfast Book Club has decided to cancel the remaining April and May meetings. If you would like to interact virtually please check the Library's Facebook Page on the dates the club would normally meet (April 14 and May 12) for a mini discussion. 

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!  Meetings will resume in September.

Meeting dates are as follows: September 10; October 8; November 12; December 10; January 14; February 11; March 10; April 14; and May 12.

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

Due to the Library's closure to the public we are unable to offer in-person Strong Women at this time. However, we recently set up a virtual Strong Women accessible through the app 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

Due to the Library's closure to the public 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