Library events and book review winners for the week of July 14

Today at 3 p.m., there is a Family Movie Afternoon at the Douglas Library


The library will take you on a dazzling fantasy adventure with Jim Henson’s cult classic film starring Davis Bowie and Jennifer Connolly. Call 364-2378 for the title of the film. All ages are welcome and snacks provided by Friends of the Juneau Public Library.

On July 18 at 5:30 p.m., there is the third Thursday Family Time at the Valley Library.

Join special guest storyteller Lily Hudson Hope. A light supper will be served and craft activity will be provided.

On July 20, from 1-3 p.m. there will be a presentation on Chocolate: From Treasure to Treat at the Douglas Library.

Learn about the life cycle of the Cacao tree, then journey through history to get the complete story behind the tasty treat that we call chocolate. From the time of the Mayans and Aztecs, to pre-industrial Europe and finally to the present, explore how humans have used and processed these bitter-tasting seeds. During the video conference, test your knowledge of chocolate while learning about this amazing plant and its history. During the second hour, games and activities celebrating chocolate and treats from Pie in the Sky.

On July 25, 6 p.m. there is a TEDx Talk on the theme Success at the Downtown Library.

We find ourselves living in a society often obsessed with the idea of success: Success in business, success in relationships, success in finances, success overall. The concept of success has changed over the years. Our video presenters will be: Philosopher Alain De Botton and Daniel Pink, former speechwriter for Al Gore and David Logan and business professor at USC. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Juneau Public Library. While all ages are welcome, but this program is most appropriate for teens and adults.

This week’s book review winners are:

Valley Library (40 entries)

Bradley Spotts, 3, gift certificate to Friends of the Library Amazing bookstore

Roasted Peanuts by Tim Egan

One fascinating part of this book is: Jackson helped Sam even though he was sad.

Andrew Smith, 9, gift certificate from Nugget Alaska Outfitter

Curious Demise of a Contrary Cat by Lynne Berry

One fascinating part of this book is: We like the cat getting turned into a toad and used in the potion!

Gretchen Neal, 12, movie passes from Gross Alaska

Civil Rights Movement in America by Elaine Landau

One fascinating part of this book is: The stories are just amazing, and pretty eye-opening for how blacks were treated.

Downtown Library (14 Entries)

Nolan Campbell, 11, pass to Mt. Roberts Tramway

The Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

One fascinating part of this book is: “when Harry and Hermione get Sirius Black out of the prison.”

Caden Haygood, 6, gift certificate to the Alaska Shirt Company

The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl

One fascinating part of this book is: *spoiler alert* “when the enormous crocodile is trying to eat the kids. He doesn’t eat the kids. The animals tells the kids to stay away.”

Sahil Bathija, 12, Papa Murphy’s pizza

Milo Xyloto #1: Color is crime by Coldplay and Mark Osborne

One fascinating part of this book is: *spoiler alert* “I really liked the illustrations in this comic book but a fascinating part was the ending when they found out that fly is a girl.”

Douglas Library (24 entries)

Margot Oliver, 9, gift certificate to Trove

Dork Diaries: Tales from a not so happy heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell

It is exciting and dramatic because you never know what will happen to the main character. The mean character is a girl who is having trouble making friends at her new school.

Ella Goldstein, 9, gift certificate to Peer Amid Beads

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blacker

One fascinating part of this book is: The girls try to break their legs so they don’t go onstage, but... they end up going on stage after all.

Lydia Heidemann, 5, purse from Invisible World

I Love my New Toy by Mo Willems

One fascinating part of this book is: Piggie says “here try it” to share toy with elephant and it breaks.


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