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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LiBerry Pie Throwdown this Saturday!

If you haven’t already heard, the annual LiBerry Pie Throwdown and Music Festival is this Saturday!  Featuring 2 great bands, UnSupervised and The Mighty Untouchables, the day kicks off with berry pie entries for the pie contest between 2-4 PM, Saturday, September 23, at the Clausen Cabin. Judging will occur shortly thereafter, followed by a Parade of Pies across the street to the Golden Eagle, around 5:30-6:00PM.

This year, there will also be a non-contest pie-by-the-slice for $5, so if you are a pie maker and would just like to contribute your pie to the cause, please bring it to the Golden Eagle between 5:30-6:00, as well.  All but the winners in the two contest categories (sweet and savory) will also be on sale at that time.

UnSupervised will take the stage at 6:00 PM, playing a lively mixture of folksy rock and classic rock.  At 8:00, we will auction off the top two pie winners in each category (sweet and savory), then The Mighty Untouchables will begin with their brand of Chicago blues and Midwestern soul.

Don’t miss this event – 6:00-10:00 PM at the Golden Eagle!  $10 suggested donation at the door.

For more information, please click on this link:

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Collections Report for August, 2017

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen Cataloging has continued in August, with another 171 titles added this month.  Focus remains on setting up a variety of children’s books for check out, including the Caldecott Medal winner, Owl Moon, and books for young readers and teens/young adults. Cooking, craft, gardening and Alaskana books continue to be added to the shelves, and we are set to catalog fine art books and some adult fiction and nonfiction.

The Clausen cabin will be open from 2 – 4 pm on Saturday, September 23.  Bring a pie to enter in the Pie Throwdown, contribute a pie to help with the fundraiser (we sell them for $5 a slice), or  look around at our progress and browse the collections.  Ruth, Kay, and Mindy will be there accepting pie entries and cataloging more books, so stop by to say hi or help add some book pockets and cards.

American Quilts and How to Make Them by…The Splendid Table: Recipes from…Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing…

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Gazebo windows installed!

One of the installed windows

One of the installed windows

After being vandalized a few years ago, new stained glass windows were procured and the Ida Lane Gazebo is now sporting those new windows and protective plexiglass shields.  There was one casualty – one of the windows was broken and needs to be repaired, and we are one window short, so it’s almost complete.  But, feel free to drop by and enjoy the beautiful work, originally designed and created by Denise Akert, then subsequently recreated by Expressions in Glass.  There are also books for exchange, as well as the nearby composting toilet and fire ring.  Special thanks to Unity Outreach for the stain!

windows 2

Another, more “musical” window

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Li-Berry Postponed until September

The annual Li-Berry Pie Throwdown and Music Fest has been moved to Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Golden Eagle Saloon. We’re trying a few things new this year, notably, you can purchase pies by the slice IN ADDITION to the pie contest. The event will also only be from 6 PM-10 PM that night.

More to come, so stay tuned!

PS: If you’re a pie maker, we need your skills! Please contact us at 907-374-8080 for more information on the pie contest or bringing a pie to sell.  We will post more details later.

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