Mile 1314 Alaska Highway

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Special Covid-19 policies

The library will be closed and no volunteers or patrons allowed in on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays in order to allow the virus to deactivate naturally.

All people in the library must wear a cloth face covering or better.

To allow for physical distancing, there may be no more than 6 people, including the volunteer, in the library at one time.

You must use hand sanitizer prior to handling any library materials.

All items returned will be quarantined for at least 72 hours prior to reshelving.

Third Quarterly Regular Meeting

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 5:00 p.m. at the library

Members of the community are invited to attend.

Open Hours

Sunday: 12 noon - 4 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 12 noon - 6 pm
Friday: 12 noon - 4 pm
Saturday: 12 noon - 6 pm

Library closure temperature is -35 F; if it is -35 or colder, call to see if the library is open before you come in. The volunteer might or might not have opened the library.

We will be closed New Years Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and probably the day of the superbowl. Other major holidays will depend on whether the scheduled volunteer is able to come in.

Alaska Digital Library

To access ebooks and audio books from the Alaska Digital Library (formerly ListenAlaska) on your device, download the free Libby app from your app store. Using the app, create an account and then sign in using your library card. See the librarian for your PIN or to have your PIN changed.

Donations

We rely on donations of cash and donations of books that we can sell to help pay the costs of operating the library - and we do hope eventually to build a new, larger building.

You can also help us out by donating money on line, by mail, or in person:

We are located at Mile 1314 Alaska Highway, or you can mail a donation to the library at Box 227, Tok, AK 99780-0227

Online Catalog:

All items of the collection that can be checked out are now entered into an online catalog (see link at left). If you're looking for a particular book or subject, search the catalog. If there's something you need and we don't have it, we can probably get it through an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) or maybe even buy a copy for our library.

General information about Tok and the library:

The Tok Community Library is 100% volunteer operated; there are no paid employees to open the library. We always need more volunteers, so if you have a couple of hours a week that you can donate on a regular schedule, we would love to train you so that you can open the library during those hours. Call Kathy (listed in the contacts information) to schedule training and volunteer hours.

We serve the communities of Tok and Tanacross, and there are about 1254 year-round residents in the two communities. The climate is subarctic desert at an elevation of 1635 feet. There is no local government, so the Tok Community Library Association was formed in 1955 as a volunteer nonprofit organization to provide library services for the community. The library is currently located in the big log building at the interesection of the Tok Cutoff and Alaska Highway.

Additional details about Tok and other communities are available on the State of Alaska web pages, at community information.

Books for sale:

One of the ways we raise money to pay operating expenses is by selling donated books. If you have books you no longer wish to keep, please consider donating them to the library. If they fit our collection policy, they will be placed on the shelves for people to borrow. Duplicates of volumes we already have and books that don't fit the collection policy are offered for sale.

Come check out our selection of used books for sale!

Patron computers and Internet Access:

Thanks to the OWL project and the donation of computers from the State Department of Labor, we now have four desktop and two laptop computers for patron use and Internet access, and we also now have WiFi access for those who prefer to use their own devices.

All of them run Windows 7 and all are networked to printers. (Due to spacing requirements because of Covid-19, only 3 computers are currently available for patron use.) The newest printer also supports printing directly from your smart phone or other device, either via USB or WiFi.

Imagination Library

Tok Headstart and Tok School are coordinating their resources to make the Imagination Library available to children of the area.

This program sends a book each month to each enrolled child from birth to five years old. For more details on the program and to enroll your child, see the Upper Tanana Imagination Library Web site.

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