The Kodiak Public Library Association said goodbye to its current chair at its annual meeting last Saturday. Kaia Henrickson finished her second year as chair after an involvement of more than six years with the association.
“I feel really proud and honored to have been a part of this process and while it’s definitely time for me to step down, I do feel kind of sad about it, because it’s been a great journey,” she said. “I’ve learned so much.”
Henrickson was the membership and donations coordinator during the capital campaign, during which the association raised over 750,000 dollars of funding for the new library building. They handed the remaining of the funds to the city last month. That money will go back into the library.
“So now that the librarians have been in the building for a year, there are some needs that they’ve identified. For instance, that the window screens in the multi-purpose rooms aren’t dark enough for them to be able to play a movie during the day,” Henrickson said. “So that money can be used for those kinds of improvements.”
Athenia Large was elected as Henrickson’s successor as association chair.
Barbara Anthony has been a board member for the last year and says that the developments at the library have been exciting.
“Now we have this wonderful children’s room with wonderful art and I just love watching the children in the library enjoying everything here,” Anthony said.
If you want to follow Library Association activity, their website is www.kodiakpubliclibrary.org.