January week 3

This third full week of January is packed with exciting events and programs but begins quietly.

The Z.J. Loussac Library will be closed Monday 1/18 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. For holiday hours for other Municipal offices including the People Mover schedule, check here.

Wednesday, January 20th there are two programs at the Loussac Library:

3pm Travel Resources on the Internet will help you make summer travel plans by showing you ways to save on airfare, lodging, rental cars and more!
Public Conference Room (1st floor)

7pm The Small Business Administration Programs and Services hour-long program presented by the SBA Anchorage office’s Deputy Director Sam Dickey will describe services and programs offered by the SBA to aspiring local business people.
Staff Conference Room (4th floor)

In Youth Services we will continue offering preschool storytime programs and the We The People Bookshelf .

On Friday, January 22nd @ 7pm join two-time Grammy-award winning performer Bill Harley on stage at the Wilda Marston Theater at the Loussac Library.

There will be a second performance by Bill Harley on Saturday, January 23rd @ 12-noon at  the Chugiak-Eagle River Library.

A THIRD performace will take place Saturday, January 23rd @ 4pm at the Fairview Recreation Center.

Check our flier for more details on Bill’s performaces.

Have questions? Feel free to call us during open business hours at 907.343.2975.


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Events Jan 11-17 2010

January is a busy month at the Anchorage Public Library. Next weeks programs are listed below. 

STORYTIME BEGINS TUESDAY, JANUARY 12th!!! Check our website for programs, times and locations.

January 12th at the Chugiak-Eagle River Branch Library you can also participate in a Science @ the Library child/adult learning experience. Join us for How Rocks Become Round Tuesday, Jan. 12, 12:30-2 pm.
This program is for children ages 4-10 and their caregivers.Also next week the Loussac Library Book club will be meeting Thursday, January 14th at 3pm to discuss The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry and Maestro Randy Fleischer will be stopping by on Friday, January 15th at noon to Lunch & Learn about the Anchorage Symphony’s upcoming performance “Pride of Alaska”.

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January events

Oh my goodness. There are so many events at the Anchorage Public Library this month that I don’t think I have the wherewithal to post each one individually. So here’s a link to our January Newsletter (PDF)

In other news, APL locations have been named as sites for picking up AK Permanent Fund Dividend applications. The state is making a big push for going paperless so we’ve received fewer applications than ever. Remember, you can apply online at http://www.pfd.alaska.gov/ and the libraries have Internet access if you don’t.

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Change in branch hours

Staffing reductions at the Samson-Dimond and Muldoon branch libraries will affect hours of operation. Beginning January 2, 2010 hours of operation for these two locations will be:

Tuesday             3pm – 7pm
Wednesday       10am – 6pm
Thursday           10am – 6pm
Friday               10am – 6pm
Saturday           12pm – 6pm

Hours at the Girdwood and Chugiak-Eagle River branches will remain the same.  Hours at Loussac will remain the same.

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Holiday Hours

Just a reminder that the all APL locations will be closed Thursday, Dec 24th and Friday, December 25th.

Also the libraries will be closed Thursday, December 31st and Friday, January 1st.

All locations have book drops so you can still return materials.

You can log on to the website (www.anchoragelibrary.org) to renew items and place holds. You just need your library card number and four digit PIN.

Happy holidays!

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Last programs of the year

We’ve wrapped up our Fall/Winter storytime schedule for 2009 but there are still plenty of opportunities to visit your local library before you ring in the new year.

There’s an Alaskan author’s book reading Saturday, December 19th (that’s tomorrow) at 3pm in the story theater at the Loussac Library.

Also December 26th there’s a meeting of the Little Dipper’s Book Club at 10:30am at the Loussac Library.

And on December 29th there’s a meeting of the Teen Advisory Board at 3:30pm also at the Loussac Library.

Remember, our website also has event information. Plus, you can check out new titles online (Bookletters), check out our selection of Book Club Bags, and download audiobooks from our Special Services page!

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Program change

The 2010 budget recently passed by the Anchorage Assembly and Mayor Sullivan will bring some changes to programming  and services at APL.  All libraries will be losing part-time staff; the branches will be closed more days during the week…more on this in coming days.

Because of a loss of part-timers, particularly on the weekends, the Loussac Library book discussion group will no longer be meeting during the regular and much beloved time slot on Saturday afternoons.  Instead, we will be meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 3 pm in the Ann Stevens Room.

We realize that this transition will be difficult for some (particularly with those who work during the week) and we apologize. We discussed other options (evenings, Sundays, volunteers…) but this was the best solution.

So again, the book club will be meeting:

2nd Thursday every month (starting Jan 14th) at 3pm
Ann Stevens Room, level 3.

January’s title is The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry and is available for check out at the 3rd floor Reference desk RIGHT NOW!

As always, check our website for the latest news and events.

More changes to come. Stay tuned.

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