Juneau’s youth are reading or being read to this summer and local businesses are recognizing the importance of literacy. As kids write book reviews for the libraries, they are entered in a drawing for prizes from local businesses, often gift certificates.
This is part of our Summer Reading Program which kicked off June 1 at the three public libraries. More offerings this summer included a marionette puppet show and an author visit. Continuing in August are the free movies every second Sunday of the month at 3 p.m., at the Douglas Library; a reading game; stories, crafts and summertime family nights on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., at the Valley Library. Also, we look forward to the second annual performance by the Roustabout Circus at the Douglas Library at 3 p.m. on August 18.
Our Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries.
All events at the public libraries are free. For times and places, visit www.juneau.org/libraries.
Mendenhall Valley Library
Johnathan Garrigues, Age 4, won a pass to the Mount Roberts Tram for himself and an adult companion.
Book read: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Why chose: I like it a lot. Sal gets lost and so does baby bear and I like to pick blueberries.
Who else might like it: All kids would like it.
Sarah Graber, Age 13, won a gift certificate to the Trove Shop
Book read: Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie
Why chose: The back sounded interesting and the cover is eye-catching.
Why finished: It’s a very hooking book with great dialogue, plot and characters.
Who else might like it: Anyone who likes adventure and fantasy.
Downtown Public library
Tanis Miller, age 13 and a mail service patron from Yakutat, won a gift from Foggy Mountain Shop
Book read: Salt Water Summer by Roderick Haig-Brown
Why chosen: Sequel to Starbuck Valley Winter
Why finished: It was exciting
Who else might like it: Boys who like the outdoors and fishing
Harris Monsef, age 6, won a gift certificate from the Alaska Shirt Company
Book read: Henry’s Mudge and Careful Cousin by Cynthia Rylant
Why read: I like Henry and Mudge books
Why finished: Because I always want to finish these books
Martha Dwyer, age 7, won a gift certificate to the Amazing Bookstore
Book read: Ghosts! by Alvin Schwartz
Why chosen: I like the ghost stories in it
Why finished: I like to read
Jaime Hort, age 10, won a gift certificate to Peer Amid Beads
Book Read: The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey
Why chosen: My sister did
Why finished: It was good and I had lots of time to read
Who else might like it: My friend who likes funny books