“The Library on the Move”
Published in the Knik Arm Courier on Feb. 3, 1965:
A demonstration project, financed by matching Federal and state funds, would place a branch of the Anchorage Library in the Greater Chugiak Area. This project is under the supervision of the Anchorage library and it is designed to place out-stations of the library throughout the Greater Anchorage Area Borough.
At present such a station has been set up at Girdwood, and a team is now at work to find a location for a station in the Greater Chugiak Area. Miss Elsie Lundborg, who has been hired specially to conduct this project, said that the problem at present is to find a building in which the library would be located.
She has met with a team of local residents who are interested in helping with the project. Miss Lundborg said that a location as close to the original Chugiak Public Library is most desirable. The former Chugiak Library was located at Swanee Slopes.
The funds allocated for this project allow for the payment of a limited rental and for the services of a part time librarian. Miss Lundborg is appealing to local residents for suggestions to where the library might be located. She went on to explain that the project would bring approximately 200 to 300 books to the library. She hopes to combined these with books now in storage which were a part of the Chugiak Library.
Miss Lundborg, who is a professional librarian, was imported from Montana to head this project.
A short article in the Courier five years later contains the following notice:
The public library, located in the Eagle River Shopping Center recently underwent remodeling, which has enlarged the facilities by one third, and added room for approximately 5,000 books (pending arrival of the shelves).
The library has moved FIVE times since it opened in 1965. At the present time there are 1850 family cards in circulation.
In addition to adding many new books to the shelves, the collection of phonograph records which may be checked out has been increased.
The library, which started originally under a Federal grant, is now suoported by the taxpayers of the area under the borough area-wide library program. Library cards are issued free to all residents of the Greater Chugiak Area upon request.
** A note from your Chugiak-Eagle River Historcial Society: Our 2013 calendars depicting scenes, people and activities from this area’s past are now available and on sale at Rural Discount Center and the Forget-me-Not Shoppe in Chugiak, as well as at the Chamber of Commerce office and other businesses in Eagle River.