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An Alaskan Fairy Tale mural by William D. Berry and Trina Schart Hyman – an epic mural which covers an entire wall of the Berry Room, featuring a colorful array of animals, people, and scenery.

Cheryl Bidwell Story Garden an outdoor discovery garden/activity area designed to encourage children to explore their surroundings and use their imaginations. The garden can also be used for storytimes, family picnics, and outdoor activities related to literature and learning. The goal is to provide intellectual stimulation using textures, sounds, puzzles, and places to explore.

An Alaskan Birch Grove three local artists (Melinda Mattson, John Bartlett, and Janlee Irving) combined their talents to create this indoor woodland scene, featuring birch trees and fabric birds and creatures, that complements the mural. The four seasons are represented.

Guys and Gals Read, a public library program produced in cooperation with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and the Literacy Council of Alaska to demonstrate to 4th grade boys and girls that books can be fun. Volunteer readers visit local schools at lunchtime for several weeks during the winter to share boy-friendly books to 4th grade boys, the age group with the largest drop in reading scores. The boys receive free books at a follow-up party at the library, and learn about the many services offered there.

Monthly printed schedules of events, as well as a calendar of events posted on the library’s web site.

Several early literacy computers are available in the Berry Room for children to use.

Children’s booklists on a variety of topics

Children’s reference books

Homework help via an online tutor, available from your home computer, Homework Helper

Friendly, knowledgeable staff who love to work with children.

Animals in the Berry Room include a turtle and many fish!

Blocks, puzzles, board games such as checkers and chess, and stuffed animals and puppets to play with and enjoy.


For further information about any aspect of the Youth Services Department, contact Susan Jones, Youth Services Librarian, at (907) 459-1041 , or email: Susan Jones.