In 1983, library supporters lobbied hard for and voters approved a temporary sales tax increase, part of which was designated for the purchase of a library site in the Valley. Those three acres have been taken over by the new Dimond High School site. The library is owed a replacement.
For 18 years the Valley library has been in the Mendenhall Mall, a location that was originally intended as an interim solution. It is time to move ahead with this land for a permanent library facility for the majority of Juneau's population that lives beyond Lemon Creek.
The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries support this purchase for equitable facilities for all residents of Juneau.
Bridget Smith, President
Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries