The last week of March is really busy for Anchorage Public Library this year. We are marking the anniversaries of two huge, environmental disasters and hosting a one-of-a-kind art installation starring our resident dragon. In addition, Friends of the Library is hosting a fundraiser; and that “sharing good ideas” event, TEDxAnchorage, is back in town.
Twenty-five years ago, in 1989, shortly after midnight on March 24, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, spilling more than 11 million gallons of crude oil. The spill, the largest in U.S. history at the time, tested the abilities of local, national, and industrial organizations to prepare for, and respond to, a disaster of such magnitude.
A display on the spill and its aftermath is on the third floor at Loussac. Go to http://www.pwsrcac.org/announcements/25-years-exxon-valdez-oil-spill for more information about the oil spill.
Luminescence: A Dragon’s Tale
Don’t miss Loussac Library’s on-site, collaborative art installation featuring a dragon of light playing along the 36th Avenue side of the building through Saturday, March 29. Each night, a different local artist will add another light element to the 9-11 p.m. Then the show moves into the Assembly Chambers filling the space with a “luminescent art installation featuring projection mapping.” The Luminescence installation will be open from 10 am-6 pm.
Good Friday Earthquake
Fifty years ago, at 5:36 p.m. on March 27, the Good Friday Earthquake hit our state.
The violent shaking erupted without warning across South Central Alaska. The 9.2 quake was the most powerful ever in North America. It raged for nearly five minutes. The earthquake and ensuing tsunami took 118 lives; thousands were left in the snow without shelter, food and water. http://ready.alaska.gov/64Quake
This anniversary, the focus is on making sure residents are prepared for the next big earthquake. An exhibit on the ’64 Earthquake, along with numerous books and free information on preparedness, will be on display at Loussac.
Beyond the Stacks
Beyond the Stacks, the Friends of the Library’s premiere fundraiser, is March 28 from 6-9 p.m., in the Downtown Hilton Ballroom. The evening event features silent and live auctions with items like an old fashioned wooden card catalog, a wildlife viewing adventure for two to St. Paul Island and a one-hour flight in a historic WWII war bird.
Donations from the Friends are vital to the programs, events and enhanced services the library provides. Help support the library while having a great time at Beyond the Stacks. Buy tickets and find out more about the event at: www.friendsapl.org .
Spend an afternoon listening to ideas worth spreading. TEDxAnchorage, a spinoff of the nationally-acclaimed TED talks, features 10 speakers giving their version of the theme: “Community Re-imagined: Harnessing the Power of Fun!” Among them is Youth Librarian Linda Klein will explain how dogs are helping kids learn to read at the library.
Two out-of-state guests: Stella Grizont and Drew Dudley, known for their TEDx talks, are also among the speakers. Stella founded WOOPAAH, a company that creates play experiences for companies to improve its employees’ work experience. Drew Dudley’s TEDxToronto talk has over a million views. The live talks will be mixed with videos of popular TED talks from around the world on our theme. The free event in Loussac’s Wilda Marston Theatre runs from 12-7 p.m. March 29.
Proposition 3: the Facilities Capital Improvements bond on the April ballot includes $2.75M to help renovate Loussac’s dangerous, deteriorating entrance. The new entrance will be safer, more welcoming and easier to find. The cost of the bond is only $0.50 a month for the average family. You can help bring the city’s most visited public facility into the 21st century! Please vote on April 1st.
Toni Massari McPherson is Anchorage Public Library’s Community Relations Coordinator. To find out more about what is going on at your libraries, go to www.anchoragelibrary.org.