Storytime goes for the Gold!

Feb story timeOur next installment of our children’s storytime is just in time for the Olympics, so mark your calendars for Saturday, February 24, from 1-2PM at the Clausen Cabin.  The theme will of course be the Olympics, with a reading by board member Sherri Schleiter and Olympics-themed games and puzzles.


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Don’t forget Pick, Click, Give with your PFD application!

Don’t forget JTEL when you sign up for your 2018 Permanent Fund Application! It’s just a few extra clicks of the mouse after you complete your online application – we’re listed under “J” for “John Trigg Ester Library”.

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Story Time & STEM Activities: Celebrating Groundhog’s Day

Join us for our January story time and STEM activities! Learn about gardening while listening to “How Groundhog’s Garden Grew” by Lynne Cherry. Discuss weather forecasting and the Groundhog’s Day tradition.

ACTIVITIES: Use books and the internet to research designs and build Lego creations and paper airplanes.

Groundhogs Story Time


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Kittens and puppies and kids, oh my!

Sherri reading

Board member Sherri Schleiter reads while Briar and Emerson Meares look on

Thanks to a grant from the Golden Heart Community Foundation, JTEL hosted the first of many reading programs for kids, beginning yesterday with a reading of “Dewey the Library Cat” and “Marley goes to School”.  4 kids, 1 kitten and 1 puppy sat in rapt attention (well, “rapt” would be an exaggeration, as there was lots of bouncing and tumbling about), which was then followed by a coloring session in order to bring life to the library’s bulletin board in the foyer of the post office.

Jen and kids

Jen Arseneau holds son Andri while other son, Kari, gets into the story

Vallarta in stacks

Vallarta, our newest library member, peers out of the stacks

Thanks to Sherri Schleiter for being our reader and bringing “Dewey” (AKA Vallarta) out, Gary Pohl for bringing “Marley” (AKA Col. Mustard) out, Mo Musick for providing the bulletin board cutouts, and especially Paula Earp and the Golden Heart Community Foundation for providing the funds to make this possible.

Keep your eyes peeled for other kids readings and events coming up!

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Kids Reading Program starts up December 30

StoryTimeMark this date on your calendar!  Saturday December 30 from 1-2 in the afternoon, we will be hosting our first official children’s reading program, with two stories about a library kitten and a dog that goes to school.  We will also be highlighting 2 library animals (real animals, so if your child is allergic to cat or dog fur, please be warned!) for cuddles and warmth.  Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring a stuffed animal “reading buddy” as well.

Finally, we’ll cap off the hour with a crafts session in order to decorate the library’s post office bulletin board.

We hope to see you there!

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Newest edition Throwdown Cookbook available for the holidays! newest edition of our famous Pie Throwdown cookbook is now available, featuring the 2017 recipies!  Copies sell for $30 each, or if you have been a previous owner and only need annual recipe packs, the 4 annual packs (2013-2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) can be purchased as a set for $15, or each pack is sold separately for $5 each. If you’re not sure which recipe pack you have, please look at the recipes right here.

Please drop by the Clausen Cabin during our hours of operation, Saturdays from 2-5PM to purchase your copy, or call us at 374-8080 and we will get back to you in order to get you your special copy.

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Clausen Cabin to open Saturday afternoons!

The Clausen Cabin, Summer, 2017Beginning Saturday, December 2, 2017, the Clausen Cabin will officially open for library patrons, from 2-5PM most Saturdays (we may be closed for some holidays, but we’ll keep you posted!).

Please come in and browse, purchase a Pie Throwdown cookbook or have a cup of coffee.  We look forward to seeing you!

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Help us develop Children’s Programs

We have funding dedicated toward children’s programs at the Ester library to direct toward the needs and interests of the local community.

We are asking the parents of Ester-area kids to take a brief survey on potential programing and hours of operation at the newly remodeled Clausen Cabin, Ruth Jasper Children’s Room, of the John Trigg Ester Library, at 3629 Main Street Ester.

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Thanks for the PFD donations!

PCG thanksJTEL was the recipient of $1075 worth of donations through Alaska’s Pick, Click, Give program, and we would like to thank the 16 donors for their generosity!

Thanks to (in alphabetical order): Blythe and Rianne Campbell, James Cheydleur, Carrie Correia, Melinda Gallagher, Deirdre Helfferich, Linda Hudson, Jeanne Laurencelle, Michael, Monique and Ritchie Musick, Susan Nesbitt, Gary Pohl, Jane Sellin, Christopher Turner and Renee Waters.

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Halloween drop-by event for kids at the Clausen Cabin

The Clausen Cabin library space on Main St., Ester, will be open from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Halloween for trick-or-treaters to stop by!

*Listen to scary or fall-themed stories

*Healthy treats, hot drinks, and decorate your mandarin orange jack-o-lantern

*Make and Take Crafts

*Volunteers will read to your children, and your children are welcome to bring a story to read to others. Parents welcome.


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