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 on June 1 at the three public libraries. Continuing in August are: a free movie on the second Sunday of the month, Aug. 12, at 3 p.m., at the Douglas Library; summertime Family Nights on the first Tuesday of the month at the Valley Library, Aug. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Also, we look forward to the second annual performance by the Roustabout Circus at the Douglas Library/Fall Hall at 3 p.m. on Aug. 18. Storytimes and toddler times are now on break and will begin again on Aug. 27 for the fall programming.
Mendenhall Valley Library:
Sarah Wilkenson, age 4, won a gift certificate to Peer Amid Beads
Book read: Arthur Lost and Found by Marc Brown.
Why chosen: Because I liked it. The funny part is Arthur ate so many candies that he used up all his money.
Why finished: Because I loved it so much - that’s my favorite story.
Who else might like it: Bella, Marisa
Katie Guthrie, age 10, won two passes to the Mount Roberts Tram.
Book read: Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul by Jack Canfield.
Why chosen: It talks about real stuff.
Why finished: It gives me an idea.
Who else might like it: Any girl from 10 - 15 would love this book.
Celia Wheeler, age 8, won a gift certificate from the Amazing Book Store in the Airport mall.
Book read: Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng.
Why chosen: It was a book by the same author (of a previous read).
Why finished: I loved it.
Who else might like it: People who like hypnotism.
Krishna Bathija, age 7, won a gift certificate from the Alaska Shirt Company.
Book read: Say What? By Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Why chosen: My sister said it was a good book.
Why finished: the characters were saying the wrong things at the wrong times.
Who else might like it: People who like funny words.
Selma Houck, age 12, won a gift pass from the Gold Town Nickelodeon Theatre.
Book read: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
Why chosen: I love Neil Gaiman.
Why finished: I couldn’t put it down.
Who else might like it: Imaginative kids ages 12 plus.
Annika Schwartz, age 8, won a gift certificate to the Nugget Alaskan Outfitter.
Book read: Dessert First by Hallie Durand.
Why chosen: I chose it because the pictures looked cool, I liked the cover and I needed a book to read.
Why finished: It was so exciting that I could not stop and I had to know what was going on.
Who else might like it: Eva might like it.
Ruby Rivas, age 6, won a gift certificate from the Trove Shop.
Bridget’s Beret by Tom Lichtenheld.
Why chosen: I like the paintings.
Who else might like it: People who like art.