The entrance to Soldotna Public Library is seen on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

The entrance to Soldotna Public Library is seen on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Libraries prepare for summer programming

Once COVID-19 becomes less of a concern, the Soldotna library will try to bring back more in-person events.

Both the Soldotna and Kenai public libraries are gearing up for a summer full of reading.

The Soldotna Public Library will have its monthly used book and art sale in a few weeks.

The proceeds from the sale are used to support the library’s programming initiatives.

Assistant City Librarian at the Soldotna Public Library, Ryanna Thurman, said once COVID-19 becomes less of a concern, the library will try to bring back some more in-person events.

Some of the funds raised through past events went toward buying a kitchen kit with a stove top, which Thurman and her team plan to use for offering cooking and do-it-yourself classes.

Proceeds also pay for the library’s Beanstack app subscription, which allows kids to input and measure their reading goals during the library’s summer reading program.

Thurman hopes to offer a hybrid in-person and virtual summer reading program this year. Last year, the entirety of the program was conducted online.

At the Kenai Public Library, a shelf of used books for sale currently serves as its primary fundraiser.

Library Director at the Kenai Public Library, Katja Wolfe, said there’s a lot going on in terms of programming.

Wolfe said the library is launching a virtual summer reading program on May 19; the theme is “Reading Colors Your World.” As of now, Wolfe said nearly all the Kenai Public Library events are online because of the pandemic.

Additionally, Wolfe said the Kenai Public Library is also in the midst of a short story writing contest for kids 18 and younger. The winners will be determined by a panel and their short stories will be displayed at the library.

The deadline for the contest is April 30.

This month’s used book and art sale will be at the Soldotna Public Library on April 29 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Face masks are required at the Soldotna Public Library.

Reach reporter Camille Botello at camille.botello@peninsulaclarion.com.

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