Downloadables @ the Library

Take some time to explore the Alaska Digital Library and I guarantee you’ll be amazed at the offerings you can access.

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Book Review: Denali Ranger, by Lew Freedman

Denali Ranger is an inspiring biography about a man who dedicated most of his life to North America’s highest peak, Denali, and the land surrounding it. In many ways, it is a love story. As a national park ranger on 20310-foot Denali for nearly 40 years, Roger Robinson became a major figure in the mountain’s history by pioneering a new environmental ethos in climbing management: removing waste from the slopes, or “cleaning” the mountain.

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Summer Discovery @ the Library

Did you know that school-age kids who continue reading during summer break lose less academic achievement when they return to school in the fall than kids who do not? The Anchorage Public Library can help with that. In addition, APL offers fun reading and learning opportunities for the entire family, or cradle-to-grave, as it were.

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Quitter’s Cliff: How to stay off the edge

In my line of work, a specific confession is routinely offered up when someone finds out I’m a music teacher: “When I was a kid I didn’t practice.” I can see the guilty party getting ready to wince, almost expecting me to whip out a ruler at this admission. Without fail, what immediately follows is, “But I wish I would have stuck with it so that now I could really play!” That last part is usually said in total earnest and (I’m pretty sure) not just to escape the whack of the ruler. The specter of the missed opportunity to become a good player haunts many “ex”-music students. Those who gave up their instrument will readily admit not having the discipline to have kept up on practice, yet seem to honestly regret the fateful--and maybe premature--decision to quit altogether.

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Being A Beginner—or—The Path To Rock God Status—or—Are We There Yet?

Every soul with a pulse at some point in life has sung along to that one… ok, maybe not with KISS. But who hasn't been inspired when they hear their favorite tunes on the radio or when they see a musician dazzle an audience? Humans are universally mesmerized by the power of music and by performers who catch our ear. Once bitten by the bug, some are ready to launch their own musical pursuits, having dreams of the day they too can begin “dazzling” audiences! You become inspired, and inspiration is key to lighting the fire! You can no longer deny the groove in your soul; you have the determination and desire to be the next Adele, Slash, or Lindsey Sterling!

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If photographing the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, is on your bucket list of things to accomplish, Alaska is the right place to be, and Eagle River, especially during optimal viewing conditions, can be the place to watch some of the most spectacular displays - rivaling any seen across the circumpolar north.

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Constitutional Protections for your PFD

Some newer Alaskans may not understand why they will be receiving a check from the Permanent Fund after only one year of living here. They might wonder why the government is handing out money instead of forcibly taking it with an income tax. For the benefit of new and old Alaskans, let’s look at the evolution of this bounty distributed annually to those who have lived here at least one year.

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School Board Member Elisa Snelling Urges Parents to be a Part of the Process

Discussions about closing any Eagle River/Chugiak Schools are no longer being conducted in the Anchorage School District although local parents may need to be active in consideration of ASD boundary changes, according to Elisa Snelling, School Board Treasurer. “We can take a look at our enrollment out here and see that we are not getting smaller as a community,” explained Snelling. “All the reductions are in Anchorage. We’re about 95.4 percent of our anticipated enrollment, which is about where we were last year.”

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Affinity Films: Fourteen Follows the lives of Six Alaskan Children

October 2, 2017, at the Beartooth Theatrepub, documentary filmmaker Mary Katzke brings us a new treasure, Fourteen. In her new film, Katzke has brought to life a beautiful, visual moving portrait of

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The State of Higher Education Part 2

Earning a high school diploma or GED is the first step in creating a solid foundation for the future. Finding a job that doesn’t require a diploma or GED is near impossible, and universities, colleges, and trade or vocational schools require one or the other to attend. What’s next? By the time young Alaskans graduate high school, they are ready for something different. Living under their parent’s roof has gone on long enough, and they are ready for a job, a car, and freedom to make their own decisions.

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