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Posted: Friday, February 04, 2005

Tips offered at safety event

The 14th Annual Kid Safe Saturday will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 5 at Centennial Hall. Kids will learn safety skills and take home a bag of safety tips. All kids and parents are welcome. The event is a community service of Bartlett Regional Hospital. For more information, call 796-8900.

UAS profs picked for lecture series

Two University of Alaska Southeast professors were selected for the Science for Alaska lectures series, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Centennial Hall, and continues every Monday in February.

Dirk Lummerzheim, professor of aeronomy at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, kicks off the series with "The Sounds of the Aurora and Other Persistent Mysteries." Lummerzheim will discuss the mysterious swishing and crackling sounds that vary with the movement of the aurora.

The lectures are free and intended for all ages. For more information, contact Kevin Myers at 465-6530.

Haines wins best library award

With a community numbering 2,600, the Haines Borough Public Library has been selected by the Library Journal for its first Best Small Library in America award.

Co-sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the award was founded to encourage and showcase exemplary work of libraries serving populations under 25,000. Library Journal selected the library for the inaugural award from nearly 150 nominations. Reasons for the award include its commitment to the community, its services, programs, collections and growth through the past five years.

The Haines library welcomes 67,000 visits by locals and tourists annually and 28,000 user sessions on its free and unfiltered public Internet access.

The library has an ongoing partnership with Chilkoot Indian Association, and together they have created the Dragonfly Project, a program that teaches at-risk youth the skills and patience to become technology experts for the rest of the community.

As the winner, the library will receive a $10,000 cash award, conference costs for two library representatives to attend the next Public Library Association meeting and a gala reception.

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