Clausen Cabin progress

JTEL children's section

The shelves are starting to be filled at the Clausen Cabin!  This photo shows the Young Readers/Children’s section, and we are also cataloging and adding pockets to books in the Young Adult/Teen, Crafts, Cooking, Gardening, and Alaskana sections.  Since May, 319 books have been added into the online catalog by Kay Sisson and Mindy Gallagher,  assisted by Ginny Gallagher, Syrilyn Tong, and Deirdre Helfferich.  This brings the total to 8.020 items in our catalog.  We welcome anyone who would like to help us with this project to get books on the shelves so we can open our doors! Contact us at info@esterlibrary.org.  Training will be provided, and the online system at LibraryThing is easy to use. We are not in need of more books at this time, unless you have a few Young Adult/Teen books to round out some series.  Contact us to see if you have what we need.

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Last of Tape and Tarp, current goings on

Here is an image of our 3 winners in the costume contest at last month’s Tape and Tarp Ball.

2017 winners

Our 3 winners (left to right): Sally Kieper (3rd): “Woodland Creatures”, Julia Mickley (2nd): “The 3rd String Woodshed”, and Sarah States (1st place): “Denizen of the Deep”

Other goings 0n – If you’ve stopped by the cabin recently, you’ll have noticed that the moose antlers have been hung and the back deck has been cleaned up.  We’ve also been hard at work cleaning out the brown building (old sauna), getting more books on the shelves, installing the last window frame (inside the cabin) and prepping for the stained glass windows in the gazebo.

In the next month, we’ll be prepping the area in front of the cabin for the handicapped ramp parking pad and getting the stained glass windows (along with their protective plexiglass shields) back in the gazebo.

The Li-Berry Festival has been postponed until September (TBA), due to too many music festivals in Ester! (Don’t forget, Ester Community Association’s Ester Fest on Sunday, August 13!)

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Tape and Tarp Wrap-up

I’ve been waiting on an image of our 3 winners in the costume contest, but sadly, I still don’t have one, so I’m going to get this out anyways.  If anyone does have an image of the three contestants, please let me know so that I can update this post!

The annual Tape and Tarp Ball got off to a bit of a slow start, but by the time it got going, a great time was had by all.  Cotton Ginny had the house going and the costume contest was always a hit.

Cotton Ginny livens up the Malemute

Cotton Ginny livens up the Malemute

The top sellers in the silent auction were the $225 black pearl necklace donated by Judy Gumm Designs, and the $75 Turtle Club gift certificate.

Costume contestants pose for the camera

Costume contestants pose for the camera

Thanks to the following people for all their support to get this going: Board members Monique Musick and Carrie Correia, Gary Pohl, James Rogan, and Eli Sonafrank, Alissa Bent for her design of the flyer, Brian and Gail Feeney, Megan and Sherri Schleiter for their assistance at either (or both!) the Ball or the AYP booth the week before.

And of course a very special thanks to the following businesses and people who donated goods to the silent auction: Apocalypse Design, Big Daddy’s BBQ, Fred Meyer’s West, Gold Dredge #8 and the Riverboat Discovery, Gold Hill Liquor, Judie Gumm Designs, Mt. McKinley Bank, Music Mart, Pro Music, Sam’s Club, Turtle Club, Ursa Major Distilleries, Water Wagon, Deborah Koons and Clint Meyer, Gail Gardner and Terry Fogelson, James and Molly Rogan and Monique Musick.

And finally, thanks to the Malemute Saloon for their generous support!

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Tape and Tarp Ball tomorrow!

We’re gearing up for the annual Tape and Tarp Ball tomorrow night at the historic Malemute Saloon, 7-11 PM.  Don’t forget – cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the duct tape and tarp costume contest, a silent auction featuring a Judie Gumm original necklace, a signed and numbered Randall Compton print from Mt. McKinley Bank, bottles of gin and vodka from Ursa Major Distilleries, gift certificates, and more, live music from Cotton Ginny, food out in the lot, drinks at the bar, and loads of fun.

gin

Bottle of gin from Ursa Major Distilleries up for auction

Pottery bowl up for auction

Pottery bowl donated by Deborah Koons up for auction

So get your costumes ready and come on out for a great time!

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Tape and Tarp Ball – July 15th!

Tape & TarpGet your costumes ready! The annual Tape and Tarp Ball is almost upon us! Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 7 PM until 11 PM at the Malemute Saloon. Silent auction (goodies such as Turtle Club and Big Daddy’s gift certificates, a signed Randall Compton print, and much, much more), costume contest with cash prizes and LIVE MUSIC from Cotton Ginny.

Don’t forget – the costume contest is based upon the most original, outlandish or whomever-votes-the-most-heartily-with-cash-donations costumes based upon good ol’ Alaskan duct tape and tarp.

$15 without costume, $10 with costume.

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Tape and Tarp Ball coming soon!

The first of our 2 fund raisers is coming up in a couple of weeks, so mark your calendars!  The annual Tape and Tarp ball will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Malemute Saloon, from 7PM-11PM.  Cotton Ginny, who played last year, will be on hand for tunes, there will be a silent auction with lots of goodies, and cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place costumes will be awarded.

So get your costumes ready and get ready to dance!

The 2016 Tape and Tarp top costume winners: Lisa Baraff (2nd), Faustine Bernadae (3rd) and John Harley (3rd)

The 2016 Tape and Tarp top costume winners: Lisa Baraff (2nd), Faustine Bernadae (3rd) and John Harley (3rd)

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Garden clearing and books n’ things

bookshelves

It’s beginning to look a lot like a library!

garden

The garden beds, minus the rails

There weren’t many helping hands last Sunday, but we hauled off 3 truckloads of pallets, rotten flowerbed rails and junk, thereby cleaning up the yards and grounds of the Clausen Cabin.  In the meantime, books are being cataloged and shelved – 115 this month alone!  Still to be done – build the new flowerbed rails, move the 55 gallon trashcan of coal across the street to the Golden Eagle and lots of cataloging and shelving of books.

Thanks to the following for all their hard work this past month: Ginny and Charlie Gallagher, Kay Sisson, and board members Mindy Gallagher, Gary Pohl and Syrilyn Tong.

Also, please do not just bring books to the Clausen and leave them.  Call us at 907-374-8080 or email to info@esterlibrary.org to see if we can use them and to set up a time to accept them.

white building

One of several outbuildings, all spruced up!

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Garden Party/Yard Clean-up

We could use your help to spruce up the grounds of the John Trigg Ester Library!

When: Sunday, June 25, noon-4PM

Where: Clausen Cabin

Who: Anyone who would like to help weed, take out trash and in general, spruce up the grounds

BBQ and drinks to follow.

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Soft Opening Success!

Children's section

Children’s section

Bean bag chairs - Children's section

Bean bag chairs – Children’s section

About 2 dozen people munched on cookies and soup while visiting the Clausen Cabin this past Saturday for our soft opening.  We queried people as to what hours/days the cabin should be open, what categories of books should go in, and in general what folks wanted for the Clausen Cabin.

If you didn’t get a chance to stop by, please feel free to comment below or give us a call (907-374-8080)!

Kayt Sunwood places books on the shelves while President Syrilyn Tong looks on

Kayt Sunwood places books on the shelves while President Syrilyn Tong looks on

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Clausen soft opening, Sneak Peek this Saturday

Clausen Cabin

The time has finally arrived – we are ready to bust down the doors and invite all members, donors, volunteers and all others interested in the library to our Sneak Peek into the Clausen Cabin library, this Saturday, May 20, from 2-4 PM.

Get an inside look at the great changes happening at the Clausen Cabin while helping to decide the best use of space in the new facility. What sections do you want to see? How can you help catalog and curate from the collections we have in storage? How can we best operate to meet community needs? Come share your opinions and enjoy a sneak peek of the space.

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