The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Library backers hold official grand opening


It's official. Thanks to almost 1,000 volunteer hours from residents, the oldest public library on the Kenai Peninsula now has the newest building.

The Moose Pass Public Library was officially opened for public use in its newly-refurbished building on Sunday during a special ceremony at the 2017 Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival. The new facility gives for locals and visitors a spacious place to read, research and utilize Internet capabilities.

"There was a lot of work put into this," said Bruce Jaffa, who served as the volunteer project manager. "I think this is something our community can benefit from."

The library's new space is the former site of the Moose Pass Fire Company. When the fire department relocated to an Alaska Department of Transportation building recently, residents decided to upgrade and expand the library, which had been "pigeon-holed" in a corner of the building since the 1950s.

The new facility offers considerable more space, including a section with a sofa for lounging, as well as stations for public Internet access and an area for smaller children.

The MPPL was established in 1938 with the assistance of L.V. Ray, a two-term Seward mayor and president of the first territorial senate. Ray also served as Assistant U.S. Attorney and was a prominent private attorney.

According to known records, only Ketchikan has an older public library than Moose Pass.


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