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.
Amazing Bookstore Volunteer