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

07 Nov

Slate of Board Candidates


The following members have expressed their interest in running for a seat on the board or continuing for another term.  Members present at the annual meeting on Saturday November 19th from 3-5 at the Valley Library will vote to elect board members.   

  • Brandy Diaz Scott
  • Richard Radford
  • Nancy Barr
  • Scott Macaulay

Candidate Statements/Bios:

Brandy Diaz Scott (continuing)

Brandy has served on the board for 2 years and as secretary for the past year.  She’s been an educator for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Reading, K-12. She now serves as the reading specialist for the Tlingit Culture Language and Literacy Program at Harborview Elementary School in Juneau. Brandy’s interests outside of teaching include reading, cooking, gardening, and hiking with her husband, Eric and their dog, Butch.

Richard Radford (continuing)

My name is Richard Radford, and I have served as a member of The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries board since January 2014. I am committed to improving the quality of our community both professionally and personally. I work at the State of Alaska, and have been a journalist for more than a decade, mostly penning arts and cultural pieces. Another strong passion of mine is Alaska Native language and culture revitalization; I took part in helping to get legislation passed to officially recognize 20 Alaska Native languages, and have been organizing and facilitating a Tlingit Language Learners Group (an official library program) for the past two and a half years. I have enjoyed serving on the FOJPL board, and above all, I believe that we can improve education, literacy, and respect in Juneau by creating vibrant and active venues for the community at large. I ask that you consider my service as a board member for renewal. Gunalchéesh!

Nancy Barr


–  B.A. and  M.A from the University of Illinois

Work history includes

–  technician at the National Marine Fisheries Service Auke Bay Laboratory.

–  participation in Juneau’s elementary school Sea Week program (presented programs in Juneau elementary school classes,  helped develop a written curriculum for the program, and participated in teacher training workshops in other Alaskan communities)

–  author or co-author several publications on marine subjects – including a series of articles that ran in Alaska Magazine and a book describing shallow water marine invertebrates of the state.

–  University of Alaska Southeast library’s  liaison to the NMFS Auke Bay lab library.

–  contract worker and volunteer in collections management and conservation at the Juneau City Museum and the Alaska State Museum.  

I have volunteered at The Amazing Bookstore virtually since its inception and am currently involved  with in-house distribution of all materials donated to the bookstore.

I would like to be part of the Board  of the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries because I believe strongly in the role of the public library in the community.  In Juneau, the Library, the Board, and the Bookstore are three parts of a special whole.  I would bring any skills I have to my service on the Board.   If, working closely with Scott Macaulay, the Board’s representative from the Bookstore, I could help contribute to continued cooperation between the Library and the Bookstore, I would find that especially satisfying.

Scott Macaulay (continuing)

My name is Scott Macaulay, I’m a life-long Alaskan, and I work for Alaska Marine Highways.  I have always been a voracious reader.  I’ve enjoyed working for and being on the Board of Friends of the Library for the past several years.  I have the time to devote to it on my “off” weeks.  I have developed good working relationships over the years with the fine people running the bookstore, which has been invaluable in my position as Liaison between the Board and the volunteers.  I also work as a volunteer in the Book Store three times a week during my “off” weeks from work.   I hope I am re-elected to serve on the Board.

17 Oct

Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries will hold our Annual Meeting on November 11/14/15 at 3 pm at the Valley Library Large Meeting Room. All members and the public are welcome.  At the meeting we will invite ideas for new goals for the next year.  Tentative agenda and proposed board candidate slate and documents up for review are linked below.