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.
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.
The online card catalog will be out of service for updates on January 22nd from 6am to 2pm. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Library is hosting a 2020 Reading Challenge. There will be kits available at the Library starting January 6th. Some of the categories included in the reading challenge are: a book by a local author, a book in translation, a re-read, and a classic you didn't read in school, among others. Come by and pick up your reading challenge kit!
It's PFD season! The library has paper copies of both adult and kid applications available for pick up. We are also available for assistance filing online Monday through Wednesday 11am to 1pm. The deadline for submitting your PFD is March 31 at 11:59pm. Call the library for more information: 861-7645. PFD office is also available for assistance 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday at: 907-465-2326.
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.
The Mentor program has now finished for 2019. We will being the program again in January 2020.
The Mentor program meets every Monday in the winter from 3 to 4:15pm. The Mentor program offers community adults the chance to read with elementary school kids and improve their literacy skills.
Mentors meets on the following dates: January 6th, 13th, and 27th; February 3rd, 10th, and 24th; and March 2nd. Mentors will not meet on January 20th and February 17th since school is closed.
Please call the library to sign your kid up for the program. We will only be signing up 14 kids for the winter program.
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.
Our first meeting will be October 19 where we will watch The House with the Clock in its Walls and get the book for next month's meeting.
The Page to Screen meeting dates are: October 19: The House with the Clock in its Walls; November 9: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl; December 14: Babe by Dick King-Smith; January 11: Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key; February 8: Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine; March 7: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; and April 4: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.
Please contact the library if you have any questions
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.
Our first meeting will be October 26 where we will watch The Lost Boys and get the book for next month's meeting.
The Book 2 Movie meeting dates are: October 26: The Lost Boys; November 23: Me and Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews; December 21: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn; January 25: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; February 22: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and March 28: It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Please contact the library if you have any questions
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.
For more information please call (907) 861-7645.
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!
Please contact the library for more information.
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.
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:
You can follow the Friends on Facebook or on their web page, www.friendsofthetalkeetnalibrary.org.