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About KPLA

Since 1953, the Kodiak Public Library Association has supported the mission, programs, facilities and collections of the Kodiak Public Library, through advocacy, fundraising, and public outreach.

KPLA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contributions are tax deductible.


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Our Story 

Over the past five decades, the Kodiak Public Library Association has worked behind the scenes to build and support two library buildings.

While our library is operated by the City of Kodiak, KPLA is a vital partner that is heavily involved in fundraising and public outreach.

 

Timeline

 

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1953: Formation

KPLA was formed to build a local library for the growing community of Kodiak and to move the library’s collection from skid shack to a permanent building.

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1956-1964: The Move Downtown

The library moved into a small shop building on the downtown school grounds for eight years until the 1964 tsunami eroded its log foundation and the building was condemned.

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1968: The First Library Building

December 8, the new A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library was dedicated and named for a local physician who had long been a champion of library service in Kodiak, who had also been active with Rotary. The original building cost $245,000.

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1977-1993: Expansions

  • 1977: Audiovisual wing added
  • 1984: Children’s wing added
  • 1993: Alaska reference room added
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2013: Today's Library

After three years of fundraising and support from the City of Kodiak, State of Alaska, and Rasmuson Foundation, Kodiak has a new library facility at 612 Egan Way. 

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Meet the Board

Marti Sager

Marti Sager

Chairperson

I have been on the KPLA board since November 2019. I have been one of the officers since 2020 and is currently the chairperson. I am a lifelong reader (currently favoring audio books) and enjoys being a part of an organization that celebrates and support the public library. I am an elementary teacher, and I do my best to instill reading in the lives of fourth and fifth graders.
Marylynn McFarland

Marylynn McFarland

Vice Chairperson

I have been a board member for approximately two years. I am happy being a part of the KPLA team and working on ways to support our local Kodiak library and making books available to the community. In my experience with thrift shops, local school libraries, and bookstores, I have seen the plethora of books that are looking for readers and homes. KPLA is able to recycle these books into the little libraries, book sales, and interest groups in the community. I like that!

Mike Sirofchuk

Mike Sirofchuk

Secretary

I got my first library card when I was six years old and I have been checking out books ever since. I joined the board because I believe in the mission and benefits of the Kodiak Public Library and I want to actively support them.
Patricia Ossowski

Patricia Ossowski

Treasurer

I am an avid reader. Can’t think of a better way to spread this joy than to be part of the Kodiak Public Library Association!

Crystal Thomas

Board Member

Biography and photo coming soon!
Melissa Haffeman

Melissa Haffeman

Board Member

Over time, I have seen more and more the deep meaning of Kodiak’s library and the role that KPLA plays in our community. I’m happy and honored to be a part of this organization which seeks to provide such enrichment to Kodiak and supports a celebration of literacy.  I’m a graduate of Kodiak High School and am the founder and co-owner of The Islander Bookshop.

Brian Himmelbloom

Brian Himmelbloom

Board Member

After 30 years of employment as a collector of microorganisms while conducting applied research in seafood quality and safety, Brian retired from the University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate faculty in mid-2017.  He is in his second term on this board and already has served as vice-chair and chair. Brian has found his niche in occasionally gathering boxes of donated used books for storing in the KPLA conex and awaiting future book resales.
Rachel Jermann

Rachel Jermann

Board Member

I was raised by a librarian and a book binder, so my early childhood was spent “helping” in the college library or eating snacks in the university book bindery in my hometown. Libraries are an amazing resource—I joined the board because I love books and I love spreading the joy of reading! I am the Physical Therapy Director at KANA during the day. 

Roberta Austring

Board Member

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I help KPLA with its mission to support the Kodiak Public Library?

You can help us by becoming a member. We are always looking for volunteers to help with our various fund raising activities. Watch this page for volunteer opportunities.

How do I become a member of KPLA?

Any donation of $10 or above automatically enrolls you as a member. Membership is good for one year from the date of your donation. 

How can I join the KPLA Board of Directors?

If you are interested in joining our board and are a current member of KPLA, simply send us an email expressing your interest and why you would like to join the board.