Southeast Alaska boasts several modern-design public libraries, thanks in part to the private, statewide Rasmuson Foundation that has provided generous construction funding since the late 1990s. Another factor may be the region’s long stretches of rainy weather that keep people indoors. Expansion of Sitka’s public library in 2016 included whimsical additions including a life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex, chomping through the roof of the children’s section, and a tunnel entrance. A giant mural depicts characters from children’s stories. Offering a book exchange and Internet service. With atrium windows overlooking Sitka Sound, it’s worth a visit, even when the sun is out.