Group hopes to keep Alaska library open
NENANA, Alaska (AP) — A group is working to keep an Alaska library open after the city said it can no longer afford to fund the facility.
A June 26 announcement on the city of Nenana’s Facebook page stated the Nenana City Library would close July 1, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported .
Nenana’s Friends of the Library agreed to a temporary memorandum of understanding on June 28 that has since been submitted to the Nenana City Assembly.
The document asks the city to lease out the library for $1 per year and states that the Friends of the Library will pay all building utilities, maintenance and operational expenses.
The library would remain closed until insurance requirements are met and city approval is granted.
The agreement states that the city would be responsible for winterizing the building if the library is forced to shut down again.
Former librarian Darcia Grace will act as the volunteer director and the library will be staffed by community volunteers who can pass a background check.
Grace said she expects the Nenana Assembly to vote on the memorandum Thursday.
Nenana is about 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) south of Fairbanks and is home to about 400 residents.
Nenana’s library was the only place in the town with public internet access.
Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com