New Name, Same Awesome Summer Program

Summertime is just around the corner! In the spirit of community involvement and enriching children’s lives we're seeking donations for our summer program. Known and loved as the 'Summer Reading Challenge' for many years, it's expanded so far beyond reading that we've decided to give it a brand new name - Summer STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art & math) !

Follow the link below to donate!

Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Open to babies through preschool.

how to participate:

1. Sign up and Start a Reading Log

Decide how you want to track your reading. Here are some ideas:

2. Track Your Reading

Each time you read a book with your child, record the title in your reading log. 

3. Show us Your Reading Log at Milestones

  •  At each 100 books milestone, visit the library during Toddler Time or Open Play for a sticker & photo. 
  • At 500 books receive a new book to take home - and keep!
  • At 1,000 books receive a $25 Gift Certificate for Sing Lee Alley Books.

Storytellers Pole Unveiling May 17

Since opening the doors of the new library in 2013 we've been dreaming of a totem pole in the front of the building made by master Tlingit carver Tommy Joseph. Our dream is taking shape and installation of our 20 foot red cedar 'Storytellers pole' is planned for Thursday May 17 at 4pm.  

The Storytellers Pole is an original, innovative artwork developed and created for the Petersburg Public Library by master Tlingit carver Tommy Joseph. It was inspired by the familiar children’s stories, rhymes and tales most of us grow up with and that connect generations. Libraries are an important community venue for keeping these stories and their creators alive.

The project is made possible with funding from the Rasmuson Foundation, Petersburg Community Foundation, Friends of Petersburg's Libraries and scores of individual donors. Thank you!


Ray Duguqua sits down with Molly Taiber to talk about growing up in the village of Kake in the 1930s. He tells about going to Fish Camp in Saginaw Bay with his grandparents, about Kake Day, and what it was like to leave the village to attend school in Sitka. This is a rare glimpse into a world that now only exists in memory.

In the excerpt Ray tells about going to Fish Camp with his grandparents.


Five Finger Lighthouse Slideshow & Talk

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A special presentation by Fred Sharpe of the Alaska Whale Foundation. 

Fred’s work with bubble-netting humpbacks has been a centerpiece of AWF’s research program since the organization’s inception in 1996. Tenacious in his research, he has spent more time in the field observing social behaviors of humpbacks than most could fathom, and in 2001 he was awarded a doctorate from Simon Fraser University for his efforts.   Fred’s research has attracted some of AWF’s more eclectic collaborators, including the SETI Institute and National Geographic Society’s Crittercam team.  When Fred takes a break from whale research, he can often be found wandering the hills and forests of the Pacific Northwest collecting plant specimens and recording bird calls. Fred's handiwork can be seen in his books Birding in the San Juan Islands and Wild Plants of the San Juan Islands. 

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The Creative Experience: Altered Owl Art

Saturday, March 24, 2018 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Open to adults and teens 16+ | $40 fee, free for teens 16-18

Absolutely no artistic skill is required - just dive into our art supplies (collage, washi tape, watercolor, etc) with instructor Andrea Weathers and emerge with a fun and funky altered art owl.  You'll go home with a piece of mixed media art to hang on your wall or give as a gift.