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History

The Copper Valley Community Library Association was founded in June 1954 as a non-profit corporation. Initially the library began as a book exchange program for people working at the camps scattered throughout the region. A small log cabin, which is still located beside the Copper Valley Community Library, was the first home of the CVCLA. The library was moved into the current building in the 70's. The current building housed the local bank (NBA) and was donated to the association for $1.

Bonnie McLeod's History of the Copper Valley Community Library

1954-1959
1960
1961
The Log Cabin
1962-1966
1966-1972
1972-1973
1974-1976
1977-1982
1982-1983
1984-1986
1986-1987
1987-1989
1990-1992
1993-1994
1995-1996
1997
1998-1999
2000-2001
2002-2003
2004
2005
2006
2006-present

 

1954 TO 1959
Based on a preserved newspaper clipping (Volume 1, Number 41, June 19, 1970) and other notes or memos the Copper Valley Library Association received a charter on June 17 1954, from the Territorial Dept. of Library Service. The library was housed in a Quonset hut. Community legend places the Quonset hut across the highway from the present library site on state owned land somewhere in the area that is now Fish and Game and the old court house complex. Documents found in the library files show the association was operated on a membership fee basis, presumably used for the costs of utilities. Additional documents imply the association received funds from the Territory of Alaska for book purchases. An annual report signed by Gilberta (Marge) Hanson for the period 4/1/56 through 3/31/57 shows the library has 1,719 volumes, is open 4 hrs a week and located in a Quonset hut. No information is found on the Quonset hut itself. A letter signed by Gilberta Hanson dated 12/10/76 refers to the Quonset hut as being hard to heat. The letter also says the library was open 2 days week at that time. It should be considered the annual report to be the most accurate.

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1959 STATEHOOD

1960
Financial records indicate the library is operated based on annual membership fees of $2.50 per person. A memo dated Jan. 4, 1960 written by Florence Clayton says they are in the process of moving. Further correspondence indicates this move is to the old log cabin (now renovated and rented to the Legislative Information Office). Apparently this building sat closer to the highway then it does today. A letter from Florence Clayton dated 3/23/1960 states the building is cared for by (and likely the property of ) the Alaska Dept of Public Works. The letter states the bathroom is not useable-no water-and asks if A.D.P.W. can winterize the building. Based on minimal documents it is quessed the library reopened in the spring of 1960. In 1960 during National Library Week the library was open Monday through Thursday every evening and cookies and coffee was served as refreshments.

Note: In April 1957 correspondence from the Alaska Territorial Library Service advises federal funds are available for libraries serving 10,000 or less providing the library is open to the public and does not charge a membership fee. There is no record of the association considering this change. No documents were found to indicate what year membership fees ceased to be charged.

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1961
During 1961 work was begun in preparation of widening the Glenn Highway. The library trustees were advised that the log cabin would be sitting on highway right of way and must be relinquished. The trustees requested permission to move the library 50ft. back: Nov. 11, 1961 letter signed by Jack Goddard and other correspondence. A November 9, 1961 letter from the Dept. of Public Works discusses disposal of certain buildings including the log cabin prior to the beginning of road construction. A Nov. 11, 1961 letter from the Alaska State Library recommends that the library association place a bid to accept the log building. Jack Goddards’ letter states the log cabin was previously used by the Bureau of Public Roads as a maintenance office. He further states that moving the log cabin 50 ft. back would place it adjacent to the State Highway Patrol office and near the Glennallen School. Through community effort the log cabin was moved to its present location. At that time and continuing into 1970 or 1971 there existed what was known as “highways camp” established on the property behind and across (east) from the present library building. Highways camp included a school, housing for employees with families, bunkhouses, offices and equipment/maintenance buildings.

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THE LOG CABIN
Some of the information regarding the history of the log cabin is found in an envelope addressed to Florence Clayton marked “Re Log Building”. The sender on the envelope is D. (Diane) Scribner but the handwriting in the letter does not appear to be the same as the sender. The letter is postmarked March 24, 1977. The letter is not dated or signed. Possibly a second page is missing. The letter states the known history of the log cabin as being built in 1937 and was the first building on the highway between Glennallen and Palmer. The logs were hand hewn by Harry Heinz. The building served as the Alaska Road Commission headquarters, then as a doctors’ office followed by the library. The letter states additional information may be obtained from the University of Alaska archives as authored by Florence Clayton. From 1961 through 1962 the library operated on state grants and membership fees. Records are now kept on a fiscal basis coinciding with the State of Alaska fiscal year ending June 30.

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1962 to 1966
There are no records found from the middle of 1962 to mid 1966.

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1966 to 1972
During these years the library association dealt with the always present problem of funding for the costs of daily operation such as heat and electricity. During 1970 with the State of Alaska’s plans to close the highway camp the association was informed they might have to move. Under the impression they had a 99 year lease the association questioned this only to learn the lease could be terminated with 30 days notice. A preserved newspaper clipping dated June 19 1970, Volume 1 Number 41 recounts this problem. Based on this article termination of the lease and the sale of state property was postpone pending further investigation. During this period the library contained 6,000 books. No records were found to indicate whether membership fees were collected. During the winter Jack Goddard (Service Oil) donated fuel oil for heating. Local children helped at the library during the summer months. Correspondence dated 1971 investigates receiving the library collection from the Copper Valley School (Jesuits) on its’ closure. There is some confusion in documents. The newspaper article from 1970 says the books had been received, and refers to the Copper Center Library. At any rate, CVCLA received one half of the books from the Copper Valley School and Glennallen High School received the other half.

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1972 and 1973
In 1972 discussions began around the idea of a Community School Library Resource Center. The intent was to use the Glennallen High School library, augmented by books from the community library, during winter months. The resource center would be open to students and community members providing both with a greater source of library material. This would also help the Copper Valley Library Association as heating and maintaining the old log cabin building was becoming increasingly difficult. A letter dated Sept. 5, 1972 from Vera Roberson, President, indicates much community support for this idea. A letter dated Aug. 31, 1972 from the Alaska State Operated School System extends an invitation to several members of the community to attend a meeting to discuss the development of this idea. A letter dated October 10, 1974 announces new hours and location for the winter months as the Glennallen High School Resource Center room. During this time records indicate the log cabin building and land was leased from the Glennallen Volunteer Fire Department.

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1974, 1975, 1976
Efforts to acquire a new library building began in 1974 during the nations Bicentennial Year when grant funds were available for qualifying projects. Correspondence for the years 1974 and 1975 show much time and effort was spent requesting information on state and federal grant funds. The board also investigated; remodeling of an existing building, requirements for public restrooms, land acquisition and reviewing the libraries legal status amongst many things. A letter dated June 20 1975, signed by Bonnie McLeod, President and addressed to Mr. Ed Rasmusson, President of the National Bank of Alaska requests the donation of the then existing bank building scheduled to be replaced with a new facility. At this time $10,000.00 for capital projects had been made available for the community library through the State of Alaska. A June 27, 1975 letter signed by Linda Hook Secretary, states that the Copper Valley Community Library Association has been donated this building providing they can acquire the funds to move it. The rest of 1975 and early 1976 was spent in acquiring additional funding and cost estimates to prepare the building to be moved (separating the building from the vault and shoring to protect that portion of the building left open, construction of a foundation, transporting the building, enclosing the open vault section, and redoing plumbing, electrical and heating). It was necessary to wait until the new bank facility was constructed and operating before moving the old bank building. In April of 1976 preliminary work to move the building was begun. A letter dated July 1, 1976 to Lyle Von Bargan, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. from Peggy Richcreek Vice President, states’ the building is in place with heat, water and electricity operating. Considerable work followed: removal of teller cages, construction of book shelves, etc. In late summer community members volunteered their time to transfer books from the log cabin to the new library facility. This building, 36’x 36’ was half the size of the present building, consisting of the front section of today’s library facility.

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1977 to 1982
Records for this period indicate difficulty in finding adequate funding to operate the library due to increased costs for fuel and electricity. During these years space was rented out to increase revenues. That space being today’s children’s room. For a period of time in 1979 library staff was increased through the courtesy of Copper River Native Assoc. providing funding for a 20 hour a week librarian.

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1980 and 1981
This seems to be a period with an inactive board. Florence Clayton was primarily responsible for keeping the library going. This situation continues until 6-22-82 (minutes) when a new board was elected.

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1982 through 1983
In 1982 a vigorous board of directors began seeking funding for an addition to the existing library building and promoted expanded use of the bookmobile. The bookmobile, then belonging to Kenny Lake Community Library, was to be jointly sponsored by the KLCL and CVCLA, making it possible to serve a greater area of the Copper River Valley. A letter dated May 9, 1983 to KCAM Radio from Ruth Taylor President, the CVCLA places a job opening for a bookmobile driver 3 days a week from June 1st. to October 15th. Records indicate the board proposed a 1500 sq. ft. addition to the existing building at a cost of $150,000. Included in this addition was office space to be rented out to the Legislative Information Office for the Copper River Valley as provided for in SB 162 (1983). Correspondence implies there was a conflict at the state legislative level regarding the location of the LIO. That was resolved and a commitment made to the Copper Valley Library Association. A September 28, 1982 Budget under SB 168 is in the amount of $195,000.00 and includes $150,000.00 for construction of an addition to the library. A second budget of the same date is in the amount of $40,000.00 and does not include books or the addition. This budget is further reduced to $20,000.00 in a January 21, 1983 in a letter signed by Ruth Taylor President, at the request of Sheldon Sprecker Magistrate, due to the possibility of budget cuts. A September 27, 1982 letter from Copper Valley Construction signed by Jerry Tollman recommends no rehab work be done to the log cabin as the cost would be prohibitive. This letter provides costs for library improvements including roof, foundation work, outside painting, etc. An October 19, 1982 letter to Community and Regional Affairs applies for $25,000.00 in revenue sharing funds. The board meeting of October 11, 1982 is adjourned to Glennallen High School P.T.A meeting for the purpose of discussing the proposed addition and acquiring community support as necessary under the Revenue Sharing Grants. A December 1, 1982 letter from DCRA determines the community is eligible for the 1983 funding. During 1983 the board continues its efforts to find adequate funding for the addition. Based on the minutes for this period, the year 1983 was busy. Much time was given to land lease requirements, LIO needs, amending Articles of Incorporation and seeking funding for the addition. A September 22, 1983 letter to DCRA signed by Jeanette Stevens Acting President, enclosed a grant application for 1984 Revenue Sharing funds. The budget narrative discusses costs of joint operation of the bookmobile, construction costs to enclose the entrance porch to provide a safer entrance free of ice and equipment that will be needed when the building is enlarged. Apparently, unspent revenue sharing funds could be carried over and where intended to be used as a source for the addition. A May 1, 1983 letter from the State of Alaska appears to be an agreement to fund $90,000.00 for a 28 x 36 addition with the balance of funds coming from other sources. These documents are attached to a July 5, 1984 memo from Joann Budka, LIO. A May 31, 1983 proposal to RDA applies for the funds for the library addition. This application also contains a letter from Division of Lands regarding the Land Use Permit for the land the library sits on. During the fiscal year 1983/1984 CVCLA had a grant from the Older Alaskans Commission (OAC) that funded the position of librarian. Frances Pease was the librarian under this grant. Library activities during 1982 and 1983 included story hour for preschoolers, junior reading program and Home Work Hotline. Home Work Hotline was a pilot project providing a teacher in the library 2 hours a week to help students with home work. This program did not succeed due to distance traveled by students and available study hour at school.

NOTE: A memo dated May 6, 1983 says the library was chartered June 17, 1954.

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1984 through 1986
A Dept of Labor contribution report dated 6/30/85 shows Frances Pease and Karen Hovermales employed by the association through 1985. Whether this is through an OAC grant or Revenue Sharing is not clear. Other budget reports show the librarian position as funded through Revenue Sharing. In a letter dated June 26, 1984 Amendment #1 from DCRA a warrant is issued for costs to survey the plat of land used for the library. Amendment #3 extends the project period (library addition) to be June 26, 1984 to June 30, 1986. A new bookmobile is purchased during this time period (1986) using Revenue Sharing funds. A letter from Gilberta Hanson, Librarian to Dept. of Community and Regional Affairs discusses more Revenue Sharing Funds saved than previously reported. That letter shows normal library use for some of the funds but requests setting the rest aside to purchase the new bookmobile next year (1986). Minutes from a May 13, 1986 meeting discuss purchasing a Tandy 1000, 512K, 10mg HD Computer. A November 26, 1984 letter from Dept. of Labor to Georgia Strunk references RDA 17-04-02 grant for construction of the addition and shows award date of July 26, 1984. This award is in the amount of $88,500.00. The minutes of September 10th describes the addition as 36 x 28’ with 18 x 28’ for library use and the rest for the LIO office. A recap of monies awarded under SB 168 for the period 1983-1986 is attached to a June 301986, letter signed by Gilberta Hanson, Librarian and addressed to Sheldon Sprecker, Magistrate and includes costs for porch, ramp, children’s room and preparation for LIO office. The application for State Revenue Sharing for July 1, 1986 to June 30, 1987 includes a budget showing paid librarian, computer purchase and software. The narrative states a bookmobile was purchased. The library is used for voting, AA meetings and exercise class. A letter dated February 12, 1986 from Georgia Strunk to Representative Dick Schultz discusses a penalty of $12,607.50 charged CVCLA by Copper Valley Construction for delays incurred during the construction period. Apparently the agreement between CVCLA and Copper Valley construction was signed to soon. Construction was delayed by questions regarding the land lease, fire marshal approval and time of year. During 1985 problems the board dealt with were, the cost of land survey, which was twice as much as estimated and the interest charged by Copper Valley Construction. The minutes for March 11, 1985 state that $3,315.00 of the original amount charged had been paid to Copper Valley Construction. The minutes of August 12 1985, discuss paving the parking lot. The minutes of December 1, 1985 indicate a 1986 Chevy Van was purchased to be used as a bookmobile. Discussion was held on the repairs and modifications needed for the van to be used as a bookmobile. The Jan. 13 1986 minutes refer to two pieces of baleen purchased from Dora Buchea for 125.00 each. The March 10, 1986 minutes record purchase of Moose Skin Beaded Vest, slippers, necklace medallions and (3) carvings from Eileen Ewan. The May 13, 1986 minutes record purchase of model fish wheel made by Albert Craig, Eskimo Drum by Eileen Ewan and moose hide beaded purse by Deana Tritt. Games of chance and raffles were held by the library as fund raisers. The Dept. of Public Service proposed new regulations in 1986 to which Frances Pease wrote a long letter of objection. The file is unclear as to whether these proposed regulations took effect. There is a 1989 letter from the Div. of Occupational Liscensing discussing new emergency regulations. In a letter to the Alaska Dept. of Revenue reference is made to the library association having received gaming permits in1981, 1982 and possibly 1983. The files indicate periodic paperwork compliance problem.

NOTE: A copy of the Metes and Bounds Measurement (1975 or 1976) land description for ADL74170 and a letter from Dept. of Natural Resources dated August 9, l984 re ADL74170 lease application is attached to a August 22, 1984 letter addressed to Georgia Strunk regarding the RDA 17-04-02 grant. This same file contains a September 17, 1984 letter to Jack Hughs regarding survey instructions for ASLS 84-123. In the file box marked 1985-1986, the file labeled Copper Valley Community Center contains a copy of the proposal and letter of funding for the proposed community/activity center. This project was co-sponsored by the Copper Valley Community Library to help the local based YMCA community group. Ultimately the proposal was revised with monies being used at the ball park.

Amongst the found documents in CVCLA files was an Xerox copy of the Copper River Current, June 29 1967 Vol. 6=1 “The Glennallen Edition”. This edition contains an extensive article entitled “A Early History of Glennallen Alaska”. In a paragraph discussing the communication lines established by the Signal Corps it is stated that a library was started in 1945.

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1987 through 1989
The minutes for 1987 indicate the library association applied for a $25,000.00 grant from Revenue Sharing. They received a $10,000.00 grant from Library Assistance Funds. The association continued to have the debt of interest to Copper Valley Construction. Raffles and bake sales continued as fund raisers. Summer operation of the bookmobile continued. The Nov. 14, 1988 minutes show the library association holding $2500.00 in CD’s, $16,767.23 in savings and $981.74 in checking. In 1989 a new sign for the library was made. Posts were to be dug into the ground to erect it. Alyeska helped with this project. It was discovered that a small cement pad was buried in the ground where the sign was to be erected. The September 11, 1989 minutes carry the first mention of funding cuts.

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1990 through 1992
During 1990 an inspection by the Fire Marshall determined that using the furnace room as an office also was not acceptable. Reference is made to the construction of a wall separating the furnace from the office area. Bids were accepted for a new furnace. Alyeska donated $2000.00 toward the purchase of a furnace. As of the October 8, 1990 minutes the new sign is still not in place. In 1991 a security system was installed to warn when the temperature in the library falls below 50 degrees. The LIO continues to rent space. The library is still seeking additional funding to purchase a new furnace. A January 20 1992, letter to Marge Hanson from Alascom advised approval of a grant of $5,375.00 for purchase of new furnace. On September 1991 a recommendation is made the library apply to the state for the balance of funds needed for a new furnace. Subsequently, the state agrees to approve a grant pending precise cost estimates. A new furnace is installed in 1992 and the balance of work to partition the furnace room from the office area is completed. The March 11, 1991 minutes contain discussion on refurbishing the log cabin as a historical site or museum.

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1993 through 1994
During 1993 the association actively sought funding for library operations including expansion, painting, bookmobile and shelving. Major repairs to the bookmobile cost $2,561.50. The library is still receiving Revenue Sharing and Library Assistance grants. Jon Van Zyle donated two prints to the library which were framed at the Old Post Office Gallery. In 1994 Gilberta (Marge) Hanson, after many years of dedicated service to the library, announces that 1994 would be her last year. Ideas of library expansion are postponed as monies are needed to construct a new roof, furnace repairs and repairs from frozen water pipes. The library received a $10,000.00 grant for Interactive Television Project (Distance Learning). State Revenue Sharing Funds continue to be received. The association adopts Resolution 94-3 which sets forth use of Revenue Sharing monies to be used for building repairs. Copper Valley Construction is asked to submit a bid for roof repairs. It is determined that a new roof should be built. The floor under the furnace and water tank needs to be reinforced.

NOTE: Proposed By-Laws found in the 1994 minutes as adopted in 1983 establish library operations, librarian’s duties, special committees, culling books, etc.

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1995 through 1996
Copper Valley Construction, Chitina River Construction, and Deustchman submit bids for building repairs. A modem is donated to allow the library email access. The library continues to use raffles for fund raising and accepts aluminum cans for recycling as a fund raiser. The association is now placing notices in the paper to advise the community of services available at the library. The Copper Valley Early Education Assoc. donated $500.00 to purchase books for the children’s room. CVCLA offers to swaps the fiche for two computers the school is retiring. Resolution 95-1 as adopted to allow for $40,000.00 in Revenue Sharing funds from the state of Alaska. The July 17, 1995 minutes state that Heike Wilmoth has taken over librarian duties from Frances Pease following Frances’s illness. In 1996 basic operations of the library continues. Heike Wilmoth remains the paid librarian. With Jasper Halls’ help the financial records are converted to Quicken. Linda Flint continues to donate her time to help with bookkeeping. The L.I.O. continues to rent office space. The librarian is providing printed agendas for board meetings. The board members work on a Library Mission and Goals statement identifying future needs. There is discussion on the possible uses of the log cabin. A resolution for $25,000.00 in capital funds is adopted. Frances Pease, having served many years on the library board and as librarian, gives her resignation.

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1997
Due to continued problems with the furnace and freeze up during winter months the board replaces their previous resolution to use capital improvement monies for expansion and renovation to automation and modernization. A Patron Survey including Mission statement is placed in the Copper River County Journal. The minutes of April 21, 1997 state the library is the beneficiary of Gilberta Hanson’s estate and will receive $6,079.72 and a box of minted coins, after the estate is settled. (The exact amount of the estate is found in minutes of a later date). 50 families returned the Patron Survey. Evening hours were requested. The association pledges $10,000.00 of a proposed $75,000.00 capital improvements grant to a TV project for the school. The board approves the balance to be used for roof extension (icing problems), improvements to handicap ramp, and computer upgrade. Paul Blair who has served on the library board for many years is elected president. Jasper Hall is Vice President. In reading the minutes, both individuals have done a great deal in helping the library solve daily operating problems over the years. The board considers use of Capital Projects monies for other community projects than the library. Playground renovation of $5,000.00 is prioritized. A decision is made to hold the monies over to the following year and increase to $10,000.00. As of November 1997 no bids have been received on the handicap ramp renovation. Tim Willis places a bid for the lighting upgrade. HAARP makes a donation of $500.00. Al Jensen presents a report on library automation systems. Morgan Toal, computer technician for the Copper River School District offers to assist in training and computer selection. 400 books are donated by publishers through the Alaska State Library. Florence Clayton passes away.

NOTE: Paul Blair is appointed keeper of the coin collection. October 12 1998 minutes.

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1998 through 1999
The library is used for elections. The July 13, 1998 minutes are the first mention of the library used for elections. Automation of the library is still underway. The computer proposal as prepared by Morgan Toal is accepted by the board. An internet class is conducted in Glennallen by the Alaska State Library. Plaques, in the memory of Gilberta (Marge) Hanson and Florence Clayton are purchased. Jasper Hall and Ron Beshaw resign from board and new members are elected. The association seeks many grants: Libris Grant, Library Assistance, Basic Library Services (native), Capital Project Matching, Capital Improvements and Revenue Sharing. The library charges $1.00 for mailing expense on ILL’s. Regal Enterprises bid for handicap ramp and roof extension is accepted. The board decides to use Capital Matching Projects grant (next year monies) to purchase new Bookmobile, to assist Glennallen Volunteer Fire Dept. and for Heike Wilmoth’s salary. A Computer Use policy is adopted (FY 98-99 minutes file). By Laws are reviewed for updating. The board considers putting By-Laws on computer disc. The collection of aluminum cans and raffles continue as fund raisers. The minutes of December 14, 1999 report a windfall of $5,000.00 but no further information is given. The library agrees to an additional computer being installed for use by Adult Basic Education students in coordination with PWSCC. Ruth Taylor, who devoted much time and energy to the library resigns.

NOTE: E-Rate: Beginning in 1998-99 the library received a discount on eligible telecommunication and internet access charges of the Universal Service Fund charged on telephone bills. The agreement requires all records to be kept for 5 years as subject to federal audit.

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2000 through 2001
During the year 2000 the library acted as sponsor for a youth art program. While mostly successful, the association realized it needed to prepare quidelines to be followed when sponsoring other grants through the library. The furnace continues to be a problem. 1999 CPM unspent grant monies are considered for use to upgrade heating system, install above ground tank and fill old buried tank with sand in compliance with EPA standards. During the past 5 years $6000.00 has been spent on furnace repairs. E-Rate, telecommunications discount, has been applied for covering the year 1999, 2000. Alyeska present the library with computers and a check. Once the computers are set up the work will began entering records of books, videos and patrons in the Follet database. LIO continues to rent space. Summer reading program is held. Funding for the renovation of the old log cabin is under way. A suggestion is made to contact local people who may have knowledge of the log cabins history. Tim Sine is asked to draw an outline of the Wrangell Mtns. to be used as the librarys logo. Grants for the library are being applied for through the Tolsona Community Corp. with the library prioritizing their needs. There is a burglary and new locks are installed. A new Bookmobile is purchased from Nye Ford with CPMG funds ($22,500.00). The coin collection left to the library by Frances Hooker's estate is stored at the library. (It will later be donated to the Copper River Musem in Copper Center). Durning 2000 large donations were received from Alyeska, Lions Club, and HAARP. Files for the year 2001 have not been located.

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2002 through 2003
Big things are happening. The library association finalizes plans for an art auction at the NPS theatre. Auctioneers have been found, a Master of Ceremonies, donations of art work, musicians, door prizes…..a gala event. There were problems with the design for the new library sign. Changes were made. Work done on the sign was not acceptable as the sign was not 2-sided. That will be corrected and hopefully the signed will be ready by fall. The board decides to go ahead with the sign. A parcel of land is donated to the library by Paul White and a land auction is discussed. Plans are made to sell raffle tickets at the art auction. The board must establish a written policy for the “Child Internet Protection Act.” The July 10, 2002 minutes reflect work being done on the log cabin as a part of the renovation: power wash outside of building, the building is jacked up to its’ permanent position. The ceiling has been stripped down, interior walls are sanded. The existing flooring can be saved with the exception of one section that will have to be replace. The floor is double floored. The board must make decisions about windows, heating systems, lighting fixtures, and wiring of building. As of the minutes of Sept. 11, 2002, $4000.00 of a $10,000.00 grant has been spent on renovation. The library is considering housing a microfiche reader to serve the public for the Chitina Recording District as the state plans on closing that office. A $10,000.00 Interlibrary Cooperation Grant for automation was received. Capital Projects Matching Grant is discussed and resolutions passed: $15,000.00 renovation, $10,000.00 well.

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2004
Commemorative ideas to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Copper Valley Community Library are discussed. The day of celebration is set for June 17th. Music is planned and food will be served. The minutes for 2004 do not give any further information on the event itself. New policy and procedures are needed for the bookmobile operation. The LIO has some concerns about the log cabin: cleaning services, parking, bathroom supplies and etc. The sewer for the log cabin is dug up. A beaver dam has been creating problems for the sewer system. The dam is destroyed. Insulation in the log cabin is not sufficient. Pellets are removed and fiberglass insulation put in.

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2005
In late winter of 2005 the librarian is seriously injured in a snow machine accident. The activities of the library will now be handled through volunteers. Discussion is held on the idea of an “information center”. The board considers many ideas for expansion. A February 22, 2005 letter from Marcie White to Rep. John Harris states the library has accumulated $62,000,00 for building expansion and asks for additional monies. CPMG unspent prior year funds for the libraries are available to pay for capital improvement projects. The association seeks ways to reduce it operating overhead. The October 13, 2005 minutes reflect further restructuring of the board to fill three (3) vacant board positions and the board votes to retain the volunteer library status. Renting the office space located in the library and previously used by the LIO is discussed as a means of additional funds. Marcie White passes away following a long illness.

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2006
Portions of the monthly minutes for 2006 were not located. A grant request to the Rasmusson Foundation for library expansion was tabled. The bookmobile operates during summer months. Discussion on a grant to service Chitna and Chistochina was held. Conoco Phillips provided a grant of $3500.00 for bookmobile operations. Problems continue with the water lines for the log cabin. The library is using the Lions Club Gaming Permit. A new book drop was installed in the entry way. A new hot water heater was purchased for the log cabin/LIO. The association receives a $50,000.00 grant from the state for library expansion. $10,000.00 is used for the library storage addition. Weatherization bids are accepted. The foundation needs to be assessed. The boiler needs maintenance. The library continues to be operated by volunteers.

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2006 - Present (coming soon)

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