We're a group of concerned residents of the Upper Susitna Valley who claim the Talkeetna Public Library as our library "home." Since 2003 our purpose has been to ensure that residents of our area are aware of the resources and services available to them through the library and also to provide a liaison between the community and the library staff. Additionally, our purpose has been to advocate for programs to change lives and build community in the Upper Susitna Valley.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
We have used PCG funding to help in the construction of our community's new Talkeetna Public Library/Community Resource Center that serves 4 Upper Susitna Valley communities. The building opened in June of 2015. Money raised continues to go toward our commitment to ensure that the new library will be what our communities have asked for, and that the programming and resources available help build a community of readers and leaders.
Benefits from the new facility have included:
-- a space designated specifically for teens
-- a multipurpose room that can host community meetings and library programs
-- a small study/conference room that can be used for homeschoolers, proctoring tests, small conferences, quiet workspaces, etc.
-- additional, comfortable seating
-- space for additional materials
-- flexibility to add new technology as it becomes available
-- community pride, ownership and belonging
-- access and information resources for all
-- foster lifelong learning
-- a doorway to learning for our children
-- contribution to the quality of life in the Upper Susitna Valley
The needs of our community are at the forefront of what we do.
In 2015 we have used funds to present programming for children and teens to include Summer Reading Program puppet presentations, teen book2movie nights, and a K-2 mentor reading program. We also helped to fund the installation of a video recording studio in the library.
The Friends have continued to add to the facility by having art glass installed in one of the windows, by additional landscaping to include a memorial garden, and we have many other projects waiting to be tackled.
In order to stabilize funding for such programs and to expand their reach we started an endowment fund through the Alaska Community Foundation to keep our library programs healthy and vibrant.