Local businesses award young readers

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

Douglas Library

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


A big thank you to Bartlett Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation department

Thank you to the staff and patients of Bartlett’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department for their donation of baby food. This much-needed donation is critical for providing healthy food to young family members, who are most in need of nutritious food. We should always remember that “healthy choices fight heart disease.” Bartlett’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department’s special, specific donation reminds us that the health of our children is the first step towards a long and healthy life, and their generosity is overwhelming. This donation will make a difference in the lives of babies and their families in need. Thank you Bartlett’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department!

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