|A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty,
because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.
Th’ first thing to have in a libry is a shelf.
Fr’m time to time this can be decorated with lithrachure.
But th’ shelf is th’ main thing.
~Finley Peter Dunne
The library is not a shrine for the worship of books. It is not a temple where literary incense must be burned or where one’s devotion to the bound book is expressed in ritual. A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas – a place where history comes to life.
As part of our capital campaign, you can help the library by dedicating a bookshelf to someone you love and/or admire. For $50, a name plate will be engraved and placed on a bookshelf in the area of your choice, and a notification slip sent to the recipient, if you wish (please include their address). Checks should be made to JTEL. Donations to the library are tax deductible, as the JTEL is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
The Ester library has 16 bookcases ready for installation in the new building. Each bookplate dedicated can help buy the materials needed to build the library to house the bookcases in! Please help us raise funds for construction and honor those you care about in perpetuity. We have a total of 256 shelves to dedicate!
Shelves have been dedicated so far for:
- Chris Barefoot (Alaska geography or river travel)
- Nancy Burnham & Don Cameron (art)
- April Evalyn Crosby (environmental policy)
- April Evalyn Crosby (philosophy)
- Louis Thomas Day (woodworking)
- The Ester Republic
- Fá Ir (Islamic studies)
- Rebecca Finner (science fiction)
- David Guttenberg (TBA)
- Carla Anne Ostergren Helfferich (mystery)
- Merritt Helfferich & April Crosby (any section)
- Merritt Randolph Helfferich (Alaska nonfiction)
- in memory of Alice Virginia Merritt (literature)
- in memory of Jean & Harry Crosby (reference)
- in memory of Steven Sean Miller (poetry)
- Caghin Micah McCoy (any section)
- C. Peter McRoy (marine science)
- Hans Mölders (German language or history)
- Roger Moore (TBA)
- Musical Rumors (music)
- the Musick family (Alaska)
- Music Mart & Studios (music)
- Amber Musselman (biology or wildlife biology)
- Barack Obama (any section)
- Carly Rose Patton (any section)
- Persimmon (gardening, grieving, land, or pets)
- Megan Phillips (children’s)
- John David “JD” Ragan (history)
- Rugged Rose Repair (home repairs)
- Sharik (food)
- Mike & Margaret Simmons (the smart one)
- Nancy Smoyer (history or nonfiction)
- Toklas (gardening, grieving, land, or pets)
- Alpha O. Trigg (gardening)
- Erin & Marwan Wartes of Water Wagon (any section)
- Richard & Carol Wells (travel)
$100 (two shelves)
- Ansgar & Ida Lane Clausen (mining, local history, art, or Damn Nice People section)
- Kimberly Cornwall (poetry)
- Diane R. Smith (literature)
$200 (four shelves)