Yes, we have gone to Wasilla and picked up books...but we are a family who routinely visits the library 3 or 4x a week. Since February we have gone once every few weeks and picked up huge armloads of books. It just wasn't as satisfying.
Librarians have been working for months to open an interim location. They had to salvage, box and move all the books which survived the roof collapse. Most of the library's collection is now at a storage location. They set up space in a vacant building for a store front. There are some shelves, seating, computers, reading nooks and books in this building. The collection consists of a small selection from most genres, and new books. For the majority of our selections, we will go online and order, librarians will go to the storage unit to collect books which we can pick up the next day.
I had an unfortunate experience with a book on the hood of my van in April. Books simply don't ride well on hoods of vans. I've retraced the drive many times and can't find the book. I have waited to see if someone would turn it in - they haven't. I've ordered the book, but it's STILL not shipped to me. It was nice to talk to librarians I KNOW who KNOW I am not an irresponsible sort and can be trusted with books. We worked it out. The girls had gone off to explore.
I found them in their happy place. LOL
The computers now have their own room. The natural light is great.
This will be a great place to study with the Alaska collection.
We really like the new library home. The town is in the process of raising money and submitting grants for a new library - but this is a huge step forward. We are so thankful to all the librarians who have worked so hard to get us to this spot. This library felt like a house...a home...If only there were a big, old Victorian home in town to turn into a library. LOL
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