Alaska: A New $12 Million Public Library Opens in Ketchikan
Along with 16,250 square feet of space, the new, single-story site has more com mon-area seating with a propane fireplace, a teen room, a partitioned children’s library and free WiFi in hour increments.
A fabric, kaleidoscopic tree dominates the children’s library, and is a product of Ketchikan arists Deb Turnbull, Sherry Henrickson, Jackie Keizer and Anne Carlson.
Lisa Pearson, adult technical services librarian, said the new library is more of a “community living room” than its predecessor.
“The old building was so small and so stacked with shelves that it was almost like a drive-up restaurant,” Pearson s aid. “People would come in, grab their books and leave.”
The new library is “a community center where people can come in and spend some time relaxing and seeing all the things we have to offer,” she said.
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