KODIAK — Cookies and vegetables were stacked high in the craft room of the A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library on Saturday, but the real food for thought was in the library's stacks, where the Kodiak Public Library Association hosted its annual meeting.

The 59-year-old association is in the midst of its largest project since the 1960s as it runs a fundraising effort for a new Kodiak public library to be built atop Signal Hill.

On Saturday, building committee chairman Paul Converse presented the latest set of architectural drawings and updated the 20 people in attendance on the progress of the building. Land clearing is scheduled to begin this month, he said, in order to avoid interfering with spring eagle nesting.

Before the library is built, KPLA continues to support the existing library, and director Joe D'Elia presented his report on operations.

More than 95,000 books, movies and audiobooks were loaned by the library last year, he said, and the library is continuing to upgrade with new videoconferencing equipment, audiobook libraries and more.

The big step is expected to come later this summer, when the library breaks ground. The entire project could be complete as early as 2014.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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