The John Trigg Ester Library

Welcome to the John Trigg Ester Library, a community membership library in Ester, Alaska. Since its founding back in 1999, the library has grown from a collection of Dumpster-dived books and a donated couch into a two-location facility with a children’s library and plans for a soon-to-be super-efficient, passive solar building that burns no fossil fuels (the design is complete but we are still fundraising!)

Upcoming Events

  • JTEL lecture: Paolo Greer on Machu Picchu, 7 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 28, Hartung Hall

Thank You!

Our first Pick.Click.Give. campaign was very successful, earning $1,400 for the library from 23 donors. We thank each and every one of you: you are helping to keep the library running. Our 2014 campaign introduced potential donors to the library, describing our programs, our facilities and planned construction, and how we came to be. The funds earned will go to the general fund, to be applied to operations and programs. This year, we are focusing on our capital campaign.

Comments Needed!

Broadband internet service is one thing the JTEL can provide to residents of the Ester area. A statewide Broadband Task Force has been working on a plan to increase availability of broadband service to 100 Mbps all Alaskans by 2020, and is requesting comments. Read more in the report here (pdf).

Community Events

The library is an active participant in the Ester community, from Clean-Up Day to Winter Solstice, and hosts its own events, including Seedstock, the Tape & Tarp Ball, the LiBerry Music Festival, Readers on the Run, the Annual Membership Meeting, and more. Come join the fun and catch the bookworms at the library!

Mission Statement:

The John Trigg Ester Library is a home-grown community library that provides a welcoming and intellectually stimulating environment where local residents can meet and share ideas and information. The library strives to instill a love of reading and learning, to showcase Ester-area history and culture, and to provide resources that enrich the whole community.