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 you 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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Annual Membership Meeting recap

The Clausen Cabin, Summer, 2017It was a grand celebration of sorts at the Clausen Cabin this past Sunday – a year long journey that brought about the opening of the Clausen Cabin to the 21 members gathered for the Annual Membership Meeting.

After lemonade or coffee and snacks, President Syrilyn Tong introduced the current board members and began a slide presentation highlighting the last year’s activities.  The warm-up slides can be seen here, while the slideshow can be seen here.  You may also read the Annual Report here, or the actual minutes, which reflect the accepted bylaws changes here.

Finally, 3 board positions and 2 alternate positions were filled, and the following people were elected or are continuing in the following positions on the Board of Directors:

President – Syrilyn Tong
Vice President – Monique Musick
Treasurer – Jeanne Laurencelle
Secretary – Carrie Correia
Director – Gary Pohl
Director – Melinda Gallagher
Director – Sherri Schleiter
Alternate – Eli Sonafrank
Alternate – Greg Selid

We are looking forward to another productive year!

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11th Annual LiBerry a Success!!

Pies at Clausen

Pies at the Clausen Cabin

Pie at clausen

Pies waiting for the judges’ decision

With a ton of new changes in the works, the 11th annual LiBerry Pie Throwdown and Music Festival took place last Saturday, September 23 at the Golden Eagle Saloon.  In actuality, the pie contest started at 2, at the Clausen Cabin, where 17  pies were entered, and later judged.  Shortly thereafter, the Parade of Pies saw most of the pies (except for the winners) marched across the street to the Eagle for consumption by hungry patrons.

UnSupervised at LiBerry

Pete and Cindy Hickman, and Dave Wilson of UnSupervised

In the meantime, UnSupervised took to the stage, belting out raucous rock and roll, followed by the auction of the winners of the pies from each of the two categories, sweet and savory. The savory winners were:

  1. Happy Harvest, by Liz and Sarah Furman
  2. Layered cold chili cheesecake, by Amy Cameron
  3. South African Bobotie by Arctic Brewsters (Nickol and Lee)

The sweet winners were:

  1. Tomatillo tomato pie by Deirdre Helferrich
  2. Cranberry curd ginger pie, also by Deirdre Helferrich
Eating pie at LiBerry1

Eating pie!

Eating pie at LiBerry2

Me, too!

All told, the 5 winning pies were auctioned off for $1500, with the Happy Harvest pie being bought for $650!



the Mighty untouchables

Larry “Raindog” Raines, Patrick and Rif Rafson of the Mighty Untouchables

Finally, at the conclusion of the auction, The Mighty Untouchables took to the stage for their brand of bluesy covers.  It was a great evening, and special thanks goes out to the following people, in no particular order:

Pie Makers: Josh Harris, Deborah Koons, Nancy Hasle, Barb O’Donnell, Theresa Grave, Lisa Crockett, Kristin O’Brien, Deirdre Helfferich, Nickol and Leah of the Arctic Brewsters, Amy Cameron, Diandra Amsden, Amy Pohl, Liz and Sarah Furman, Casey Bradshaw-Hickman and Carla Helfferich.

Two-time winner, Deirdre Helfferich

Two-time winner, Deirdre Helfferich

Volunteer judges and workers: Kay Sisson, Sheri Schleiter, Stanley Rogers, Meagan Scheer, Ruth Rutherford and all the board members.

A special, special thanks for UnSupervised (Pete and Cindy Hickman, Dave Wilson and Courtney Kimball), and especially Cindy Hickman for her public singing debut, and The Mighty Untouchables (Larry “Raindog” Raines, Rif Rafson and Patrick), for providing the tunes and entertainment for this year’s event, and of course the owner and staff of the Golden Eagle.

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Annual Membership Meeting Sunday October 8

Please mark Sunday October 8, from 2-4 on your calendar for the annual membership meeting.  Items on the agenda are: a recap of the past year, what’s in store for next year, some minor changes to the bylaws, and voting in of 3 new board members and 2 new alternates.

If you’re interested in running for a board, please contact us at 374-8080.

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