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PUBLISHED: 4:36 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Gustavus library celebrates 10 years
The Gustavus Public Library serves an array of functions such a providing a place for students to conduct research and organizations to meet and for residents to use the resources such as Internet services. This year the library celebrates its 10th anniversary and is raising funds to improve the building, which is the only community building with a bathroom.

Before the library was built a decade ago, residents of Gustavus would receive books by mail from the state library, said volunteer Lynne Jensen.

"Every month or so we'd send that box back and get a new box," Jensen said. "We were getting so many boxes in Gustavus that they said we needed a library here."

It took 10 years to raise the money to build a new library, and money came from the federal government, state funding, Chatham School District and local donations, Jensen said.

The building was designed by local Charlie Rice, who strived to use local material to construct an environmentally-sound building.

To keep the library going and to make improvements, the library is selling personalized bricks, which will be installed in the library's entryway. A 10-year anniversary community cookbook of local recipes also will be for sale soon.

The celebration will take place, Saturday, May 26, in Gustavus. An open house of the library will be held at 2 p.m. with a ceremony and reception at 3 p.m. From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the Gustavus Farmers Market will return for its second year. Organic produce, locally made crafts and baked goods will be sold. There also will be farm animals, including new born lambs, and a petting zoo. The event will be held at Salmon River Park.

For information about the celebration, send e-mail to the library at librarian@gustavus.lib.ak.us.


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