“This is so much fun to give away a million dollars,” said Paul Berans, president of the friends of the libraries board of directors.
The group raised most of the money by selling used books at its Amazing Bookstore.
“Can you imagine how many books at a nickel, a dime, a quarter and a dollar it takes?” Berans asked.
He gave credit to the dozens of volunteers who donate their time at the store and library events.
Planning and design are nearly complete for the new Mendenhall Valley library.
With the $1 million from the friends group, the city will pay for less than half of the nearly $14 million project. In 2012, Juneau voters approved a sales tax measure to provide some of the financing. The rest will come from a $7 million state grant.
The new library will be built at Dimond Park and replace the current branch located in the Mendenhall Mall.
- Gov. Bill Walker put a hold on an administrative order he issued in February, saying he needed more stakeholder feedback.
- Hundreds of people gathered Thursday at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to celebrate the opening of a newly completed Huna Tribal House and the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. But not everyone could make it. Tribal members and elected officials were stuck at the Juneau International Airport.
- "We’re all expecting to see this fiscal contraction and a reduction in economic indicators. But the reality is that what’s going on at the state level hasn’t hit the communities yet. It hasn’t hit Juneau yet," local analyst Meilani Schijvens says.
- Scattered throughout Alaska are hundreds of pieces of land that have been transferred to Alaska Native Corporations by the federal government.Some came with contamination. Getting them cleaned up has been a decades long process, and a new report catalogs those contaminated sites, but leaves some questions about who will orchestrate cleanup – and when.