Web posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Homer Public Library an oasis of calm

Homer Public Library can be a refuge for those seeking a break from the many things to see and do in Homer. Visitors are welcome to browse current newspapers, magazines and books. The library also provides free access to the Internet, with a 30-minute daily limit per person, and has a photocopier, Aladdin low-vision magnifier, microform reader and an electric typewriter for public use. Print copies are 15 cents each.

The library has many books written by Alaskans about Alaska, from the pioneer era through modern times. Homer has its own share of writers, and you can find their works on the library's shelves, including the works of those who have contributed to the library's " Top Drawer" collection.

A children's preschool story hour is offered every Wednesday at 10 a.m. The Summer Reading Program runs from June through August and is open to all. Children are always welcome to browse the library's collection of children's books year-round.

Visitors and summer residents can obtain a six-month library card for a non-refundable fee of $10. Temporary cardholders can check out two items at a time.

Circulating items include books, audio books and books on tape for the hearing impaired. Videos are also available. The library loans 16mm and Super 8 movie projectors, slide and overhead projectors and screens, a Polaroid camera and a cassette recorder.

Located at 141 W. Pioneer Ave., the library is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Contact the library at 235-3180, or visit the library Web site at http://library.ci.homer.ak.us.