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Newsletter March 2020

Celebration of Lifelong Learning

Celebration of Lifelong Learning is an annual fundraiser for Friends of the Homer Library which honors members of our community who prioritize learning and have a passion for sharing their knowledge with others.
 
The 2020 Lifelong Learner Award goes to Janet Klein, a celebrated historian who has documented the history of Kachemak Bay. Ruth Dickerson, who was among a team of six who nominated her, writes “Janet Klein has been a source of continuing inspiration to our community with her unrelenting curiosity and scholarship on all things historical and cultural regarding Kachemak Bay. Her work is based on both experiential fieldwork and excellent and thorough academic research.  She provides us with the most thorough documentation of the Kachemak Tradition native culture available.” Janet Klein has written seven books, numerous professional papers, and countless magazine articles. In addition to her publications, she has shared her wealth of knowledge with local institutions such as the Pratt Museum, Kachemak Bay State Advisory Council, and as an advisor to the Kachemak Bay Water Trail Committee, among others. Because of Janet Klein, we have a clearer understanding of the history of our region, and how we came to be here.
 
New this year, we are announcing the Sue Gibson Community Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have invested in, and/or created an institution that empowers learning, reflection, and creativity. It is named in remembrance of the dedication Sue Gibson gave to the library. This is not an annual award but given only in cases of exceptional achievement. Our first recipient of the award is Dana Stabenow (pictured below), for her vision and drive in establishing Storyknife Writers Retreat. Women’s lives are enriched by being given the space and time to attend to their creative lives, and moreover Storyknife reinforces to our whole community the importance of leading a life where reading and writing are primary values.

The Youth Learner Award goes to Anthony Melkomukov, a senior at Homer High School. He is a member of the Drama, Debate, and Forensics team, served as a lab technician for the chemistry teacher Matt Stineff, and has participated in the high school swim team. Stineff writes of Melkomukov, “everything he does in school he does for his love of education and personal understanding, not because someone else guided him towards reaching these goals. His amazing wonder and need for knowledge truly sets him apart from almost all others.”
 

Celebration of Lifelong Learning will be held on Saturday, March 21, 7:00 pm at Homer Public Library. The evening will include appetizers by Chef Maura Brenin, desserts by Red Bird Kitchen, live music by Eric Fenger, sponsorships for youth participants of Summer@HPL, and of course, the Trivia Tree! New this year, the National Center on Women in Technology will honor recipients of the Girls Get IT! Youth Aspiration Awards. 

   Tickets are available at Homer Public Library.

Buy a Paper Flower…and Help Kids & Teens Dig Deeper into a Summer of Reading and Learning!

From March 9-April 18 we’ll be selling “flowers” to support Summer@HPL. Each paper flower costs $25 and represents one child’s or teen’s participation in Summer@HPL. Our goal is to sell 300 flowers, the number of kids we anticipate will officially register for the Summer Reading & Learning Program. A long list of learning events will be offered over the summer, including  ASL classes for kids, Tech Camps, Storytimes, and much more. All programs are free for kids and families to participate in, and encourage the love of reading and learning.

Paper flowers will be available at Celebration of Lifelong Learning, the Spring Book & Plant Sale, or any time you stop by the  library.
 
HPL Book Club
Unquiet: A Novel by Linn Ulmann
Tuesday, Mar. 24, 4:30 pm
Kids play chess as part of a Friends of the Homer Library and Alaska Chess Club tournament at West Homer Elementary School. Winners were:

K through 2nd- Che Lorentz
 
3rd through 4th-Haven Geysbeek
 
5th though 8th-Ellis Lorentz

 
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