The proposed Mendenhall Valley library has its first funding toward planning, permitting and design.
The Friends of Juneau Public Libraries have raised a million dollars toward construction of the new library. The Assembly Monday night approved the initial $225,000 installment.
The Friends group operates the Amazing Bookstore in the Airport Shopping Center and uses proceeds from book sales to enhance library programs and services.
Paul Berans is president of the Friends of the Library Board of Directors.
“How many books does it take to make a million dollars when you sell them at 10 cents a book? Or, with inflation now, 25 cents a book,” he said.
In an executive proclamation, Mayor Merrill Sanford recognized the Friends of Public Libraries for exceptional volunteer effort and dedication. Berans says about 50 volunteers a week work at the Friends’ bookstore, for anywhere between two and a half hours to 20 hours a week.
Former CBJ Deputy Manager Donna Pierce has been hired to manage the new library project, to be built at Dimond Park next year.
Juneau voters in October approved the use of sales tax revenue for library construction. The total cost of the project is estimated at $14 million and includes state funds.