When the library moves into its new building on borough hill, much of
its collection will go with it. However, one thing will be left behind –
its name. Thursday night the Kodiak City Council unanimously voted in
favor of renaming the A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library the Kodiak
Public Library once it moves into the new facility.
For about 45 years the library’s name has memorialized a local physician
and outspoken advocate of public libraries. Kaia Converse is the
chairman of the Kodiak Public Library Association and said the dropping
of the memorial title does not mean the contributions of that individual
will be forgotten
-- (Library Name 1 :03 “I
did want to let you know that KPLA has been working with Dr. Bob and Marion
Johnson to develop a historical exhibit for the new library that will honor A.
Holmes and Frosty Johnson and the Johnson family’s contribution to the
libraries of Kodiak, as well as highlight the history of libraries in Kodiak.
This exhibit will also incorporate the existing plaques at the current library.”)
Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said the push to rename the library was actually
citizen-driven, and she feels comfortable with the name change.
-- (Library Name 2 :20 “This
was a grassroots, it was generated by the community came forward. It was
approved by the family, the Johnson family. And the process I do believe
reflects the intent of the city’s naming policy and it is certainly the city’s
intent to very respectfully honor the Johnson family and the things they have
done for this new library.”)
newly named Kodiak Public Library is set to open its doors sometime this fall.