The Nenana Public Library is one-third of the way toward what it needs to purchase and install a new furnace for the library building.

A special fundraiser Friday offered a silent auction, a delicious home-cooked dinner, and lots of fun games for kids and families.

Some of the support for the library came from outside Nenana: Fairbanks readers who saw my column about the upcoming fundraiser dropped off items to include in the silent auction; a reader from Texas bid online to collect a beautiful quilt, which was donated for the silent auction; and Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office contacted the library director about helping to arrange for some books to be donated to the library through the Library of Congress.

The Nenana Public Library is totally run by volunteers and exists thanks to some grant writing and lots of volunteer effort. But now the building needs a new furnace that will cost about $7,500.

“We were successful in raising about a third of our goal for the furnace — which is pretty amazing for our little town — in one night,” said Esther Smith of the Friends of the Library board.

The board is arranging a Christmas bazaar for its next fundraiser.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.


Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.