01 Jun

Friends Voice Opposition to Library Cuts

Thanks to everyone who contacted the Assembly to voice your opposition to potential cuts to the library’s Youth & Outreach Programs.   We were excited to hear that the Finance Committee meeting scheduled to discuss these cuts was cancelled due to lack of a quorum.  I personally received favorable responses from Assembly members, many of whom expressed that these proposed cuts did not have strong support among the membership.

I plan to attend the Assembly meeting on Monday June 5th at 7pm just in case approval of the annual budget is pulled from the consent agenda for discussion rather than approved without discussion.

The story received some press attention this week, check out the stories by KTOO and the Juneau Empire.

–Jonas Lamb, President

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