Homer Public Library

April's Second Sunday Shakespeare in Context: The Merchant of Venice

Apr 9, 2021

Join Sarah Brewer from Pier One Theatre's Mud Bay Bards and Michael Hawfield, Professor Emeritus at Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, as they discuss this month's featured play in the KPC Second Sunday Shakespeare series. 

You'll hear readings from characters Portia and Shylock from Elenore Sweeney and Ken Landfield.

This month the play is The Merchant of Venice.
Click on the link to hear the synopsis and discussion.


Join Lyn Maslow from Friends of the Homer Public Library in celebrating the 2021 Lifelong Learners, Deb Lowney and Larry Dunn.

You'll hear from the honorees and from guests, Library Director, Dave Berry and Children's Librarian, Claudia Haines, with tributes from Dave Brann, Sean Campbell and Wendy Todd.

Homer Public Library doors now open

Apr 1, 2021

There was big news on Thursday morning’s Covid Brief. The library is now open to walk-ins. It was an announcement from the city that many in Homer have waited a year for.

Coffee Table - Feb. 17, 2021: Black History in Alaska with Skywalker Payne

Feb 17, 2021
Homer Public Library

Coffee Table is celebrating Black History Month with a visit from local storyteller and activist Skywalker Payne.

City of Homer

As the Covid-19 infection rate continues to slow around Homer, the city has reopened some of its facilities to in-person visits, by appointment only. But since September, the Homer Public Library has seen customer use of one particular feature grow dramatically, even though no visitors were allowed inside.
Marcia Kuszmaul gave the Library Advisory Board report at Monday night’s council meeting.


Coffee Table is celebrating Black History Month with a visit from local storyteller and activist Skywalker Payne.


Registration begins today, Tuesday February 2, for the Homer Incident Command Team's COVID-19 vaccination clinics. The clinics are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, February 5 and 6 at the Christian Community Church on Bartlett Street in Homer.

Homer Public Library eliminates late fees

Aug 17, 2020

In an effort to keep books and other materials circulating in the community as much as possible, the Homer Public Library has gone fine-free.
     “Many Homer library book borrowers have been late returning books to the library, nothing to be ashamed about. It happens to many of us. Hear ye hear ye our library has joined the nationwide movement in eliminating all overdue fines,” said Kate Finn, giving the Library Advisory Board report during last week’s Homer City Council meeting.

Kenai Peninsula Votes

This week on Coffee Table, a rebroadcast of the candidate’s forum for House District 31 in the August 18th primary.

The program aired live on KBBI Tuesday, August 11, 2020. It features primary candidates for US Senate, US House, State Senate and State House.
The forum was produced by Kenai Peninsula Votes with technical assistance from the Homer Public Library and moderated by Sean Cambell.


At Monday night's Homer City Council meeting, the Emergency Operations Center's weekly report opened with state public health nurse, Lorne Carroll addressing the question of how COVID-19 deaths are identified and classified.

“ Per national guidance, COVID-19 should be reported on a death certificate for those who have passed, where the disease is assumed to have had a cause, or contributed to a death. So, that's according to the attending physicians’ best judgement,” said Nurse Carroll.

Tela O'Donnell Bacher

In December, Tela O’Donnell Bacher traveled to Pakistan on a State Department sanctioned, sports diplomacy mission representing the national non-profit, Wrestle Like A Girl. Bacher participated in an eight-day cultural exchange, exploring how sport is a tool to address the topic of gender-based violence. 

She  is the National Camps Director for Wrestle Like A Girl, a board member and runs their camps throughout the country. Bacher is a Homer-grown Olympic wrestler, a 2003 U.S. National Champion, a three times Team USA National Team Member and a 2004 Olympian.

Homer Chamber of Commerce

The candidates for Homer City Council met in the Homer Public Library Wednesday, September 25, 2019 for a candidate forum sponsored by the library and the Homer Chamber of Commerce. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Kelly Cooper was the moderator.
Questions were sourced from the audience and from the community at-large. The event was broadcast live on KBBI. Click on the links below to hear a recording of the forum.

The Homer Community Food Pantry has devised a way to give teens in Homer access to healthy food. They coordinate with local students to have bags of non-perishable food sitting by the door at Homer High School, Homer Flex School and West Homer Elementary. Kids who have a need can just pick up a bag on their way out the door, but what happens when school is out?

Courtesy of Homer Public Library

Two Homer teens won awards for their computing-related achievements and interests. Homer High School freshmen Olivia Glasman and Delilah Harris are two of out of five Alaskan high schoolers being honored with a Southern Alaska NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Homer Public Library under new leadership

Apr 19, 2019
City of Homer

The Homer Public Library has a new director. David Berry will be replacing retiring director Ann Dixon on May 1.

According to a press release from the City of Homer, Berry spent the past three years working at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. 

Berry is the former director of Taft College Library in Taft, California and holds a Master of Library and Information Studies degree.