About the Center

In 2006, the Anchorage Public Library (APL) stepped forward to become a pro-active partner in the statewide push to get children ready to read. The Center was born through a generous grant from the Alaska State Library, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Some of the factors that influenced the creation of the Center:

  • During the first three years of a child's life, when the brain is developing at a phenomenal rate, the foundations for reading are being created.

  • More and more young Alaskans are spending part or all of their day in child care or childhood development programs. Early care and learning professionals play an important role in young children's lives. Children in these early learning environments will greatly benefit from a generous infusion of books.

  • Many rural Alaskan communities have no bookstores. Those that have community libraries may not find adequate collections of books for infants and toddlers. Even within urban areas, book collections are expensive to maintain. The Ready to Read Resource Center encourages communities where print materials are scarce, to fully utilize the Center's resources.


Articles about the Center


Advisory Board

The Ready to Read Resource Center's Advisory Board meets annually to discuss progress of goals and guide future activities. Current board members are:


Staff & Support

  • Samantha Blanquart - Coordinator, Ready to Read Resource Center
  • Elizabeth Nicolai - Youth Services Coordinator, Anchorage Public Library

  • Patience Frederiksen - Director, Head of Library Development, Alaska State Library



This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to
the Alaska State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.