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Hundreds of visitors pack library opening


Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot

The Kake Keex’ Kwaan Tlingit dancers began their dance in a library conference room, strutted down the aisles and outside to finish their performance under a tent the Public Works Department erected earlier in the week.

The new Petersburg Library grand opening celebration was packed with visitors last Saturday. Senator Burt Stedman and Rasmuson Foundation CEO Diane Kaplin spoke during the event.

Among many remarks and thanks, Kaplin made a point to thank Borough Librarian Tara Alcock for her dedication to Petersburg’s library.

Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot

Borough Librarian Tara Alcock cuts the ribbon commemorating the grand opening of the new Petersburg Library. Hundreds of people walked through the doors packing the facility wall to wall.

“I really want to congratulate Tara. She has worked very, very hard on this,” Kaplin said.“You can tell when you walk into a library if it’s a great library. The second you walk in the door you can see that somebody loves it and she has obviously loved this library for a long time.”

Stedman thanked all those who donated their time and resources to bring the new library into fruition. He also tipped his hat to the first elected library board members who were elected in 1954.

“The ladies sitting here were very instrumental in getting the first library going and they’re probably surprised today, a couple generations later, looking at what we have behind us passing that on to the next generation,” Stedman said.

After visitors toured the new facility they cleared a space and packed themselves tightly against the walls and shelves as Tlingit dancers from Kake chanted and danced through the library and out front where they continued their performances.

Food and drinks were served afterwards in one of the new conference rooms.


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