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Story Last modified at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2011

February jam-packed with library activities

WIN A SONY E-READER – Anchorage Reads is giving away two Sony E-Readers to participants of the library's fifth annual One Book community read. Share your views about this year's selected book, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," by Sherman Alexie, and you could win.

To enter this online drawing, go on the Anchorage Public Library Web site, Click on the Anchorage Reads icon to link to the Anchorage Reads comment page. Enter your name, phone number, library card and whether you are a youth (12-17) or adult (over 18). Then write your opinion of the book in the comment space. Push "Submit Comments," and your name is entered in the drawing.

Comments are posted after staff makes sure they don't contain rude, crude and otherwise socially unacceptable language. There is only one entry per person.

The drawing winners will be announced after the end of Anchorage Reads, which runs through March 12.

One youth and one adult will be selected randomly to win an E-Reader. Thanks to Target for sponsoring this giveaway.


Friends of the Library's annual Valentine fundraiser for the library is a gala luncheon featuring celebrity waiters, a great meal and an opportunity to bid for some really exciting themed packages.

This year's event is at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10 at the Hilton Anchorage, 500 W. Third Ave. Buy your tickets online at the Friends' Web site:

Thanks to the Friends of the Library's board and volunteers who work so hard to raise money to fund library events like Reading Rendezvous, our summer reading programs, and the Live @ the Library concert series. FOL also makes major donations to our book and media collections, such as its recent $5,000 gift to buy books and media for the new teen center, Teen Underground, which will be located on Loussac's third floor.


Get ready for the seventh annual Tournament of Books, the literary equivalent to college basketball's NCAA Sweet 16. Sixteen of the most celebrated novels of last year face off in competitive brackets vying for the coveted award: The Rooster, Champion Book of the Year. The head-to-head consists of judges – 17 throughout the competition – reading two books and advancing one to the next bracket.

The book list is out and you can start reading the top contenders now so you can cheer on your favorite when the competition gets under way March 7.

The novel competitors for 2010 are: "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake," by Aimee Bender; "Nox," by Anne Carson; "Bad Marie," by Marcy Dermansky; "Room," by Emma Donoghue; "A Visit From the Goon Squad," by Jennifer Egan; "Freedom," by Jonathan Franzen; "Lord of Misrule," by Jaimy Gordon; "Bloodroot," by Amy Greene; "Next," by James Hunes; "The Finkler Question," by Howard Jacobson; "Skippy Dies," by Paul Murray; "Model Home, by Eric Puchner; "So Much for That," by Lionel Shriver; "Super Sad True Love Story," by Gary Shteyngart; "Kapitoil," by Teddy Wayne; and "Savages," by Don Winslow.

Go to to get all the details on the 2011 Tournament of Books. Learn how you can help resurrect two losers and send them to the Zombie Round.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, February 3, 2011.