Homer Public Library


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.

Claudia Haines, Homer Public Library

There has been plenty of initiatives in recent years to get young women and girls in science and technology jobs. But in general, tech and science programs have been few and far between in rural communities. The Homer Public Library is working to solve that problem. The library expanded its computer coding program this month to target young girls in the community and wants to set them up for success in the tech business.

Homer library shrinks the digital divide

Nov 3, 2017
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The digital divide, the gap between those who have access to internet and technology and those who don’t, is more present in Alaska than most of the country. Along with that divide comes a lack of computer education, but some in Homer are trying to fill that gap. The Homer Public Library was one of 28 libraries across the U.S. to receive a grant from Google and the American Library Association aimed at teaching kids computer code, to build apps and learn more about computer science.

The Coffee Table - October 25, 2017

Oct 27, 2017

Get some recommendations for your winter reading list on this week's Coffee Table with special guest Dana Stabenow and host, Terry Rensel.

You can find a list of all the books that we talked about at Dana's web site, https://stabenow.com/2017/10/25/coffee-table-books/.


While students are on summer vacation and away from their school libraries, The Friends of the Homer Library is bringing the books to the kids. Ride the bookmobile with KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson.

Friends Gift Homer Library Bookmobile

Sep 19, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh

Dozens attended a 10-year celebration of the Homer Public Library’s building on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The Friends of the Homer Library threw the party that included a musical performance, refreshments and the introduction of a new bookmobile.

The Friends bought the bookmobile this spring from the community of Glennallen. They then refurbished the outside of it and marked it with their new logo.

Homer Library Wins Rasmuson Grant

Feb 25, 2016
Photo by KBBI.

The Rasmuson Foundation has awarded the Homer Public Library a $23,691 grant to buy books and materials. Library Director, Ann Dixon, who wrote the grant, says it was good news.

“It was very good news because otherwise it was going to be looking very grim. There would be subscriptions to magazines and databases that we would have had to cancel and just a whole lot of books that we wouldn’t be able to buy,” said Dixon.

Homer Librarian Contributes to Digital Education

Oct 19, 2015
Photo by KBBI.

Claudia Haines is the Youth Services Librarian at the Homer Public Library and she is also a media mentor. Media mentors help families understand the best ways to incorporate digital media in children’s education and in library services. She is co-authoring a book that will teach more people the essentials of media mentorship. Haines spoke with KBBI’s Quinton Chandler to discuss the book and what it means to be a media mentor.