Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Kids borrowing items from the Juneau Public Libraries this summer can enter a contest and be rewarded by local businesses. Each Tuesday a drawing will be held from the names of kids who have participated. Prizes will be given each week.

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This week's winners are: Joshua George, a gift certificate from Imagination Station; Bailey McWhorter, a gift certificate from the Alaska Shirt Company; Morgan Griffith, a gift certificate from the Friends of the Library's Amazing Bookstore; Auri Clark, a gift certificate from Play-It-Again Sports; Toby Minick, two Mount Roberts Tramway passes; and Quinn Zahasky, a gift certificate from Nugget Alaskan Outfitter.


The Juneau-Douglas City Museum awarded its 2007-08 Juneau History Grant to "Running Toward the Fires: The First 100 Years of the Juneau Volunteer Fire Department," submitted by the Juneau Volunteer Firefighters Association; the "Best Cook of the Week Cookbook," submitted by Anne M. Castle; and "Juneau-Douglas High School Basketball History Part 1," submitted by the Basketball History Committee.

Every year the Juneau-Douglas City Museum awards applicants with funds from the Juneau History Grant. Since the fall of 1992, when the grant was reactivated, 15 projects have been awarded.

"Running Toward the Fires" focuses on "fire service, firefighters, and fires, within the overall context of Juneau's first 100 years." The grant committee commented that this topic has not been explored before locally and was excited to help this project move forward.

"Best Cook of the Week Cookbook" is an accumulation of the recipes from the weekly newspaper column, "Best Cook of the Week," printed in the 1950s. In addition to recipes, this book includes write-ups and photos of the cooks featured in the original column. The Committee was extremely excited to have a project that focused on women who lived in Juneau.

The Basketball History Committee plans to use funds from the grant for printing of and associated materials for the "Juneau-Douglas High School Basketball History Part 1." Committee members were impressed with the relevance of the information to Juneau's history. They expressed excitement at seeing how basketball united cultures.

Juneau History Grant applications are accepted and awarded annually. For more information on this program, call the City Museum at 586-3572.


Christopher J. Frank, a 2003 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University on May 26, with a degree in sociology. He won the Leo Meltzer Award for best undergraduate honors thesis in the sociology department at Cornell.

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