Welcome to the John Trigg Ester Library, a community membership library in Ester, Alaska. Since its founding back in 1999, the library has grown from a collection of Dumpster-dived books and a donated couch into a two-location facility with a children’s library and plans for a soon-to-be super-efficient, passive solar building that burns no fossil fuels (the design is complete but we are still fundraising!)
Services and events
- Internet: community members are welcome to use the JTEL’s internet connection. Contact info at esterlibrary.org for login info and for access to the Clausen Cabin.
- Books, audiobooks, and movies: community members are free to use library items on the premises, but to check out items, you must become a member of the library. Forms are available in the JTEL along with informational brochures; membership is $10 per person.
- Seed library and GEB program: seed exchanges and an agrobiodiversity program are another feature of our library. We hold events in the spring and fall.
- Lecture series: the library holds a fall and spring lecture series on various topics.
- Community events: the library holds several fun community events that double as library fundraisers.
- Monthly Lecture: Food Webs and Fishing Villages — April 29 at Hartung Hall
- Tape & Tarp Ball — May 23 at the Blue Loon
Annual Community Events
The library is an active participant in the Ester community, from Clean-Up Day to Winter Solstice, and hosts its own events, including Seedstock, the Tape & Tarp Ball, the LiBerry Music Festival, Readers on the Run, the Annual Membership Meeting, and more. Come join the fun and catch the bookworms at the library!
The John Trigg Ester Library is a home-grown community library that provides a welcoming and intellectually stimulating environment where local residents can meet and share ideas and information. The library strives to instill a love of reading and learning, to showcase Ester-area history and culture, and to provide resources that enrich the whole community.