14 Nov

Amazing Book Store thanks Alaska Marine Lines and World Wide Movers

This article originally appeared in the Juneau Empire, October 22, 2016

The volunteers of the Amazing Bookstore would like to thank Alaska Marine Lines and World Wide Movers for the important role they play in keeping the bookstore running smoothly.

The Amazing Bookstore is a used bookstore operated entirely by Friends of the Library volunteers. Books and other materials are donated to the bookstore by community members. All sales benefit the Juneau public libraries and library programs. In addition to supporting the literacy and educational mission of the library, the store also contributes to reducing waste in Juneau by reusing and recycling used books. One of the biggest issues the bookstore faces is having more books donated than we can stock and sell in Juneau. We have solved this problem by working with a used book business in Seattle, Thrift Books. We ship our excess books to them. Not only does this open space on our shelves for new books, but it also gives these books another chance to be read. Thrift Books pays us for the books they can resell and recycles the ones they cannot sell. The money we receive also goes back into the Juneau public library.

This process is only possible because Alaska Marine Lines and World Wide Movers have donated their services. Twice each year, World Wide Movers picks up our boxed books, loads them on pallets, wraps them for shipping and delivers them to Alaska Marine Lines. Alaska Marine Lines then ships them south.

I’d like to especially thank Gil Aerni, Richard Talia and Ken Willard at Worldwide Movers and Ray Thibodeau with Alaska Marine Lines for their efforts to make it all happen.


Peggy Wertheimer,

Amazing Bookstore Volunteer

20 Sep

2019 Annual Membership Meeting and Board Meeting Dates Set

The 2019 Annual Membership Meeting will be held Saturday, November 16th from 3-5pm at the Valley Library in the Conference Room.  All members are invited.  The meeting will include an annual budget report, a year in review report from the director of the Juneau Public Libraries, discussion of goals and objectives for the coming year and election of board members.  Refreshments will be provided.  A slate of board candidates will follow shortly.   Any member interested in serving on the board is invited to send their name and a brief bio to juneauplfriends@gmail.com by November 1st.  

In 2019, the board will have meetings at the Valley Library at 5 pm on the following dates:
  • May 16
  • August 15
  • November 21
22 Jan

Board Meeting 1/23/16

The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries Board of Directors will meet Saturday January 23rd 2016 from 1-3pm at the Valley Library in the Conference Room (seating is limited).  Members of the public are welcome.

Tentative Agenda:

Saturday 1/23/16, 1pm
Valley Library Conference Room

I. Adopt agenda

II. Reports:

  • Minutes of 2 previous meetings­ (Brandi)
  • Bookstore update (Heidi)
  • Valley Library update (Robert)
  • General library update (Robert | programming, CBJ budget)
  • Alaska Air foundation request denied, encouraged to reapply (Robert)

III. Old Business

  • Ameritrade Signature Authority Forms (Brandy, John, Jonas)
  • Discussion and potential resolution to add signature authority for Robert for purpose of writing checks/use of debit card/drawing funds from petty cash/checking account.

IV. New Business

  • JDCM request to sell greeting cards @ bookstore (ROBERT, Scott, Heidi).
  • Bookstore Insurance Policy Review (John)
  • Review quote for increasing liability/loss coverage for bookstore inventory.
  • Review quote for Directors & Officers Liability Coverage.
  • Suggestion to pursue coverage to include worker’s comp for bookstore vols.
  • Discussion and potential resolution to add official signature authority for Robert for purpose of writing checks/use of debit card/drawing funds from petty cash/checking account.
  • Donation Request: Read Across America event March 5th @ Valley Library. In the past Friends of the Library has donated approximately 200 books and 100 $1.00 bookstore gift certificates. Do we want to support at same level again this year?

V. Adjourn