Alaska News September 05, 2020

KTUU: Anchorage’s Jean Jilwan ‘The Flower Man’ passed away; Dine outside in a personal igloo Inlet PubHouse is offering a unique outdoor dinning Dining in your own personal Igloo and more ->

KTOO Public Media: Police looking for answers after man washes up near Douglas Bridge; On refurbished ambulance, Tlingit formline design represents community and healing and more ->

Alaska Native News: Sterling Man Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries in ATV Collision Late Friday Night; One Dead and One Injured in Early Morning Chena Pump Road Crash; Orange Trees in the Alaska Range and more ->

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Garden Tips: From grain to glass, one Interior farm does it all and more ->

Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Fake news bit down hard on the fairytale of the Igiugig airport runway lights
The Igiugig lights had been damaged earlier this summer by a contractor. They were repaired, and then the kids bludgeoned them last week. The village residents knew the lights were out. It’s kind of a regular occurrence in village Alaska.

But the New York Times went with the fairytale headline: “The Runway Lights Failed, So Villagers Used Their Headlights To Aid An Airlift.”

In another telling it would be, “Igiugig teen hooligans could have cost a young girl her life.”

With a backlog of maintenance at airports around the state, the Department of Transportation is likely to have to send in the battery powered lights, which can be brought out as needed. They can be locked in a storage locker when not needed, and maybe they’ll be safe from the light-whacking teenagers.

It’s not the romantic ending to the tale, but it’s a patch until the repair order for vandalized runway lights at Igiugig can get in the queue.
Craig Medred: Old media twilight?
By Dick Mandsager, Rasmuson Foundation: Can we get our city “to be more like Sully?”

Fall in 907LibraryLove with new programs and services
Fall Programs and Community Conversations

It may be a while until we can meet in person, but we still have great programs to help you connect with us, the community and each other.

Job Lab Online!

One of our most popular employment programs is back! Job Lab will now take place via Facebook Live and 1-on-1 appointments on Zoom thanks to our community partner YWCA Alaska. Join us this month on September 4th and September 18th and check out our calendar for future dates and how to join.

Poetry Social

Our bimonthly online gathering hosted by our Mountain View Library is a space for poets, poetry fans, and the poetry curious. During each hour, participants will have opportunities to share their writings, listen to other poets, and engage in guided writing activities. Poetry Social is a casual, recurring social gathering for the poetry inclined, to provide a social network during times of social distancing. Learn about our next event.

Book Clubs

Our classic book clubs have gone virtual and we’re adding more! Join us to chat about mysteries, romances, rotating titles, what you’re reading now and the brand new Noname and SciFri book club picks. See our full list and learn how to join the conversation.


Facebook Live storytimes will restart on September 9th. We will be live with a new storytime every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:30am. Storytimes will be available for about 2 days after they are live. Watch them on our Facebook page!

See our full calendar of events on our website and be sure to follow us on social media.
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New VolunTeen Opportunity

Is your teen looking for volunteer opportunities? Do they have opinions on a book? Teens 13-18 can email a brief (at least 100 words) summary and review of a book they’ve read this year, with their name and grade to: They’ll earn 1 volunteer hour with every review submitted. Reviews will be featured on the Teen Underground Instagram and Teen Services page of the Anchorage Public Library website.
School Supplies

Back to Learning with APL

APL is here for students at every stage of their education, whether in-school, at home or virtual. Students from Kindergarten to College can use these resources to do assignments, research, write reports, and study for tests. Find it all in our new Student Resource Center.

Also, to help you get going and use the library resources that are right for your student, we’re hosting a series of virtual chats. We will introduce you to some new services and resources, give you the best tips and tricks, and help you make the most of your library.

Be sure to watch our online calendar for the full schedule.

Missed a chat? Recordings are available after each one, see the list here.
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Civic Engagement Impacts Your Community

APL is committed to connecting our patrons to education and information. To help our community prepare for the November General Election we’re hosting a Civic Engagement Challenge. We’ll be walking you through everything you need to know so you can be ready to vote this year.

How do you join? Head over to our Subscription Center and tag yourself under “Civics Challenge 2020”. We’ll send you a welcome message later this month and then a series of 5 simple weekly challenges after that. We hope you’ll join us. Voting matters. Your voice matters.

Looking for another way to impact your community? Be sure to complete the 2020 Census!