Programs & Services


SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2022

Summer is here! We're looking forward to a season full of fun activities, reading, and (hopefully) lots of sunshine. 
Summer Reading activities begin the week of June 13, but you can pick up your reading logs and start counting your reading hours beginning June 1. Read 10 hours over the summer (just 20 minutes a day) and win prizes including activity kits, books, gift cards, and more!
Click HERE to register!  



We can't wait to see you at the library this summer!
P.S. The Summer Reading Program is for everyone! Teens and adults can also win prizes for reading. Keep reading for more info on upcoming programs! 


WEEKLY SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Maker Tuesdays
June 14 - August 9| 11:00 - 12:00 | Ages 5-12*
*All ages welcome! 

Explore and learn with engaging, hands-on activities on Tuesday mornings! Dinosaur digs, kite construction, birdhouse building, and nature walks are just a few of the fun topics we'll explore! 

Lego My Library
Every Wednesday | 3:30 - 4:30 | All Ages 

Join us every Wednesday afternoon to participate in LEGO Challenges, build with your friends, and have a chance to have your creations displayed at the library!


ABC123 Storytime 
Every Thursday | 11:15 - 12:00 | Ages 0-3*
*All ages welcome! 

It's never too early to build literacy skills! Bring your littlest readers to the library on Thursdays for stories, songs, and play. Wiggles welcome!

Storytime in the Park
Fridays | June 17 - August 12 | 11:15 - 12:15 | Ages 3-6*
*All ages welcome! 

Head to the pavilion at Treehouse (North Meyring) Park  on Fridays for stories, silly songs, games, and more! Craft kits and free books will be available to take home with you each week. Come for the stories, stay for the playground! 


MONTHLY SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR TWEENS & TEENS

Rainbow Crafts & Snacks
Tuesday, June 21 | 3:30 - 4:30 | Grades 6th-12th

Bring your friends to the library for an afternoon of rainbow-themed crafts and snacks galore! 

Graffiti Art
Tuesday, July 19 | 3:30 - 4:30 | Grades 6th-12th

Try your hand at creating graffiti artwork and see it displayed in the library! Wear painting clothes and get ready to have a blast!

Treasure Hunt
Wednesday, August 3 | 3:30 - 4:30 | Grades 6th-12th

Stop by the library, grab a treasure map, and follow the clues to treasure! (Spoiler Alert: The treasure will probably be snacks.)


MONTHLY SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS

Summer Reading Book Club: Read the Rainbow
Wednesday, June 22 | 6:00 - 7:30 | Ages 18+

Sun's out, books out! Join us at The Fat Mermaid for food, drinks, and book discussions. Each month, you'll read a book of your choice on a certain topic and we'll all chat about what we've been reading. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow readers and get book recommendations from each other. In June we'll be discussing books written by LGBTQIA+ authors!

Summer Reading Book Club: #WeNeedDiverseBooks 
Wednesday, July 20 | 6:00 - 7:30 | Ages 18+

Sun's out, books out! Join us at The PotatoHead for food, drinks, and book discussions. Each month, you'll read a book of your choice on a certain topic and we'll all chat about what we've been reading. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow readers and get book recommendations from each other. In July we'll be discussing books written by BIPOC authors!

Summer Reading Book Club: Alaskan Grown, Alaskan Read  
Wednesday, August 17 | 6:00 - 7:30 | Ages 18+

Sun's out, books out! Join us at the Harbor food trucks (Nat Shack and Aunty Yum Yum's) for food, drinks, and book discussions. Each month, you'll read a book of your choice on a certain topic and we'll all chat about what we've been reading. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow readers and get book recommendations from each other. In August we'll be discussing books written by Alaskan authors!

Check the library calendar to stay in the know about all of our programs happening this summer!

Collection

The following items are available in the Valdez Library collection:

  • Alaskana
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • Books on CDs
  • Children’s section
  • Ebooks / Eaudiobooks
  • Fiction section
  • Large print books
  • Magazines
  • New releases / Bestsellers
  • Newspapers
  • Non-fiction section
  • Reference section
  • Young adult Section


Services

The following services are available at the Valdez Library:

  • Audiovisual room
  • AWE Early Literacy Station & Tablets
  • Book Exchange
  • Conference room
  • Internet Access Workstations
  • Library Catalog
  • Exam Proctoring
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Alaska Digital Library
  • Laptops & iPads
  • Microfilm & Microfiche Reader
  • Photocopier
  • Reader for the visually impaired
  • Printing 
  • Tax forms
  • Typewriter
  • Video Conferencing via Zoom
  • Wireless Internet
  • Study Rooms
  • Projector


Programs

Join the library in one of the programs offered, and check the calendar for other programs throughout the year.

  • Book Basket Auction
  • STEM Programs
  • Story Times
  • Summer Reading Program