The Kodiak Public Library Association elected four new members to its board of directors during its annual meeting, Wednesday at the library.

The new board members are Barbara Anthony, Jan Chatto, Michelle Griffin and Chastity Starrett. They take the places of departing board members Sara Harrington, Patty Holmes, Astrid Rose and Erin Harrington.

In her report to the association, library director Katie Baxter highlighted increased use since the new building opened in December.

"The community has just been curious and eager to be in this place," she said.

Baxter reported issuing some 500 new library cards in the first month the building was open, or about 10 times more than in January 2013, and she noted the new patrons are a diverse group.

"More and more families are realizing we are here to be accessible to everyone," Baxter said.

She said groups have used the multipurpose room 35 times, and a Wednesday test of audiovisual connections to Kodiak village sites went well.

Among highlights of 2013, KPLA president Kaia Hendrickson listed completion of the capital campaign that began in November 2011 and raised $778, 970.45, including $32,666 in in-kind contributions such as construction labor and original artwork.

Hendrickson said two popular new events, the book swaps and the altered book art show would continue. The second altered book show is being held today in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium foyer.

Hendrickson said the book swap may take place in the library this year, rather than off-site.

"Boy, was that popular," she said.

Board members reminded attendees that KPLA is a choice for Pick Click Give donations through the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend.

KPLA's next regular meeting will be Wednesday, April 2.

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