Local businesses award young people at the Juneau Public Libraries June 20, 2013

Kids coming into any of the three public libraries this summer may enter a weekly drawing for prizes generously donated by local businesses. To enter the drawing, write a book review on forms available at the library. This program is open to all ages through teens. Reviews are published in the Juneau Empire and read on KTOO’s “We Like Kids” Sunday mornings. All our Summer Reading Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries.


This week at the library, story times plus crafting continue at 11 a.m. Wednesdays downtown, Thursdays in Douglas and Fridays in the Valley. Toddler times are Mondays, 10 a.m. downtown and 11 a.m. in the Valley.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, there will be a presentation with “Paddle Beads” author Ross McIntyre at the Douglas Library.

McIntyre will give a visual presentation featuring rare footage of the Whitehorse Rapids in 1936, before the hydro dam. “Paddle Beads” is a moving memoir chronicling 40 years of paddling the great wilderness rivers of North America

At 7 p.m. Monday at the Valley library, there will be a meeting about the new Valley Library building

Did you know that the Mendenhall Valley Public Library will be moving into a new building in the Dimond Park complex in 2015? At the meeting attendees will review and may provide feedback on the conceptual design for the new facility. Future public meetings will be held in August and October, specific dates to be determined. Visit www.friendsjpl.org for more announcements.

This week book review winners, sharing their favorite parts, are:

Valley Library 81 entries

Adelyn Buss, 5 ½, Gift certificate to Friends of the Library Amazing Bookstore and a McDonalds ice cream

Elephants Cannot Dance by Mo Williams


Martina Worden, 15, Alaska Robotics Gallery gift certificate

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

“When George and Lenny would dream about what their life was gonna be like once they bought a house.”

Victoria Perez, 16, gift certificate to Observatory Books

I am J by Chris Beam

“It touches not only on the LGBT community, but also the hetero-‘sapiens’ which I think is great that it isn’t a one-sided story, though shows the point of view of only one character who happens to be transgendered. I’m fascinated by how real the characters, setting, and plot were, and how the hypocrisy and false understanding of a person were present and ended up being incorrect, but the character understands that they are there for him no matter what.”

Downtown Library - 5 entries

Sosan Monsef, 11, gift certificate from Trove

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

“When Ron, Harry, and Hermione play a lifesize game of wizards chess to get to the sorcerers’ stone.”

Krishna Bathija, 8, gift certificate from the Tee-Shirt Company

Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal by Emily Rodda

“Rowan got the antidote to death sleep.”

Douglas Library- 20 entrees

Kylie Kato, 6, gift card from Heritage Coffee

Biscuit’s Big Friend by Alyssa Capucilli

“A big and little dog, Sam was too big, I like little Biscuit.”

Martha Dwyer, 8, gift certificate to the Alaskan Fudge Company

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

“Sarah said she’ll stay as Caleb and Anna’s mother.”


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