Shelves and shelves of books, movies, and audiobooks each wearing a red and white sticker that proudly proclaims “NEW.” What counts as a new item? When does a library book or movie stop being new? Follow us on this behind-the-scenes peek at the workings of the Palmer Public Library, as we go on the hunt for NEW!

New items come to the Palmer Library several different ways. The staff are constantly checking the New York Times Bestseller list, choosing the most popular current titles to purchase for the library. Patrons are welcome to suggest movies, books, or audiobooks via our “Suggested Purchase Form” at and we’ll consider adding it to our collection. Other items that will find their way to our “New” sections include popular classics that aren’t in the collection, older titles that being made into movies, movies & TV series, donations of recently published titles, and any items uniquely relevant to Palmer Library patrons, such as Alaskana and books by local authors.

Each new book, movie, or audiobook is marked with a NEW sticker and the month/year the title was added to the library collection. The item is shelved in one of the New sections until the same month the following year. For example, if we added the item in September 2016, we will move it to the regular collection in September 2017.

Why doesn’t an item coming in to the library make it to the New shelf? If we receive a replacement for a lost or damaged item that is not currently popular or recently published, it will either go straight to our regular collection, or Friends of the Library book sale. If we already own the title and are simply adding another copy to the system, it may bypass the New section as well.

New books will have a shorter checkout period, (2 weeks,) than older books (4 weeks), since the new items will be in higher demand. Movies are always a 1 week checkout, regardless of their New status. While an item is listed as New in the system, Alaska Library Catalog network libraries outside the Mat-Su Borough won’t be able to place a hold on it, giving Palmer patrons increased access to the new material.

If you’ve never noticed the New sections at the Palmer Public Library, check it out next time you come in! Our staff are happy to direct you to one of several places New items are kept, including Adult Fiction/Nonfiction, Young Adult Fiction, Manga, Anime, & Graphic Novels, Large Print, Audiobooks, Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Nonfiction, Easy Readers, and Movies. Stop in and see what’s NEW today!

Here are a few of the books Palmer Library staff members are enjoying as our all too short of a summer continues in Alaska!
Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate

The Foss children's lives are changed forever when their parents leave them alone on a stormy night in Memphis, TN in 1936 when twelve-year old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings are wrenched from their home and thrown into the care of  the Tennessee Children's Home Society. Many years later they search for and rediscover each other.

" A great read if you like historical fiction!" - Teresa

Wolf Rampant Trilogy
by Aimee Easterling

Easterling's Wolf Rampant series takes readers to a unique werewolf world that has been described as a "good choice for Patricia Briggs fans." 

The trilogy begins with Shiftless, continues the journey with Pack Princess, and concludes with Alpha Ascendant.

" A different take on werewolves and a great read!" - Beth

By the Light of the Moon
by Dean Koontz

A novel of heart-stopping suspense that eerily and beautifully illustrates how evil can destroy us and love can redeem us.

"Really interesting fantasy science-fiction story." - Kaitlin

Sink Reflections
by Marla Cilley

With her special blend of housecleaning tips, humor, and musings about daily life, Marla Cilley, a.k.a. The FlyLady, shows you how to manage clutter and chaos and get your home—and your life—in order.

"The Fly Lady's method for a clean and tidy home." - Heidi

A Thousand Mornings
by Mary Oliver

Oliver's observations offer valuable lessons found in the smallest moments of daily life.

"The poem For I Will Consider My Dog Percy is a must read for anyone who has ever loved and lost their faithful four-legged companion." - Kate


Oh the beauty of placing a hold on an item you can’t wait to read, watch, or listen to! You may have placed the hold at home, or called and asked one of our fine staff, or maybe even come in and placed it in person.

Now the wait begins. Where is my item coming from? Do you know how long it will take to get here? Or ‘IT’S BEEN 3 WEEKS! WHERE IS IT?!?!"

Take a deep breath…ahh! Perhaps the item is checked out to somebody else, or maybe there are 35 people ahead of you! (After all, if you can’t wait to read it maybe there are others that can’t wait either)

Sometimes, if the item is only available at say, Haines Public Library, and it’s checked out to another person, it can take time! Sometimes, as you know, shipping even in-state can take a precious amount of time.

So that being said, please bear with us. We'll let you know AS SOON AS YOUR ITEM IS AVAILABLE!

If we have your email address you'll be notified instantly when your coveted item arrives!!

**You can talk to any of our amazing staff members to add email to your account. 
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It's summer in Alaska and many of us are out planting and weeding our gardens. Just as those of us who garden, staff at the Palmer Public Library have been "weeding" the nonfiction collection making room for new books.

Each book is looked at, examined, and researched before removing it from the collection. Is the book old? Does it have yellowed pages, stains, a broken binding and is falling apart? Has it not been checked out in five or more years? Certainly those are big factors to look at but not the only reason to consider removing a book from the collection.

Medical books, law books, and technology books, for example, become dated very quickly. Replacing those with newer, up-to-date volumes that contain valid and helpful information seems a good solution rather than keeping those books on the shelves for 30 years. Our hope is that you will be able to browse these collections more easily without having to sift through old/outdated materials to find what you want.

What happens to a book that is not repairable and is in really poor condition, but gets checked out frequently many times a year and is relevant to the needs and interests of our community? Replacement becomes a priority at that time. For example, a small section on gold panning/mining had several books in extremely poor condition and many were checked out and never returned. High interest dictates that we try and replace those discarded and lost volumes.

Most of the books removed from the collection were given to The Friends for the annual book sale. Proceeds from that sale are turned right back to the Palmer Public Library - a "win-win" for those that frequent the library!

During this process (as we do at any time) we welcome book suggestions. If you have any questions, or would like to make a book suggestion please speak to any one of us at the desk, or use our online Suggest A Purchase form HERE.

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If you're like us, you are probably busy enjoying the outdoors and trying to cram a lot of living into the short Alaska summer. Whether you are on a plane, on a train or somewhere on the water waiting for the big one to bite, here are a few fun and easy reads recommended by our staff members.

Feel free to share with us what you're reading, watching or listening to or make a recommendation of your own in the comments section.

Oil and marble : a novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo
By Stephanie Storey

Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his youth and lack of sophistication. Michelangelo both loathes and worships Leonardo’s genius. Oil and Marble is the story of their nearly forgotten rivalry. Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, and has entered with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters. The book is an art history thriller.

"A great story about da Vinci and Michelangelo." - Crystal

In search of Cleo : how I found my pussy and lost my mind
By Gina Gershon
A founding member of the New York City theater group Naked Angels traces her life-long relationship with cats while recounting the loss of and search for a beloved feline companion, a quest through the back streets of Los Angeles that led to encounters with numerous personalities.

"Funny! True story about a famous actress." - Jessie

The Road Home
by Eliza Thomas
In her forties, author Eliza Thomas suddenly realizes it's time to find a new alternative to her drafty Boston apartment. She sets off to slowly rebuild her life and home in an old Boy Scout camp in Vermont.

" Thomas discovers creating a home is as much about creating a life." -  Alisha

Dad is Fat
by Jim Gaffigan
Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan expresses the joys and horrors of life with five young children. A sharply observed and explosively funny cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

"An amusing, light read." - Katie

The Apartment
by Danielle Steel
Four young women come together by chance in the heart of New York City at turning points in their lives. A spacious walk-up loft in Hell's Kitchen becomes home as they embark on new, exhilarating adventures.
"Quick, easy summer read." - Deborah

Turbo Twenty-Three
by Janet Evanovich
In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts. Larry Virgil skips out on a court date and flees a crime scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with ice cream and a frozen body covered in chocolate and chopped pecans. For bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, a girl with  "virtually no marketable skills," this is the kind of sweet assignment she does best.

"Funny and refreshing read. It's my annual trip down to the Jersey shore." - Kate

The Palmer Library has teamed up with community volunteers, and the Meals on Wheels program, to encourage senior citizens in our area.  Library patrons write cheerful messages to recipients, and drop them in the collection box at the library.  Volunteers pick up the cards and deliver them to the Meals on Wheels facility where they’re paired with a meal.  Meals on Wheels distributes over 200 meals each month in the valley. 

One sweet lady, who has Alzheimer’s, was elated to receive a young child’s scribble drawing.  She thought her granddaughter had sent her the picture. 

Cards may be homemade or store bought, and are reviewed for inappropriate content before delivery.  Envelopes are not required. Place cards in the Meals on Wheels box near the circulation desk inside the library. Palmer library patrons generously donated over 600 cards in the first 3 months of the program that started in December 2016, and continue to bless our senior population with words of encouragement today.  

This is the new blog for the Palmer Public Library in Palmer, Alaska. Stop in often for rare glimpses into the bustling daily life of a library.  Our amazing staff is always working to make your experience better, run operations more efficiently, and spend our budget wisely.  We'd love to hear from you!  Leave us a comment, question, or suggestion for a post.