“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.
- Kenneth Manzanares, 39, is charged by a federal grand jury with one count of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Kristy Manzanares, also 39, aboard the Emerald Princess cruise ship in Southeast Alaska.
- The federal government is moving forward with its review of Hilcorp's proposal to drill offshore for oil in the Arctic.
- A series of promising oil discoveries and a recent move by the Trump administration mean the vast, remote National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska is about to get a lot more controversial.
- Details are emerging slowly on the fire at the Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller. The 100-year-old plant caught fire late Tuesday night, and the blaze continued to burn Wednesday. The full scope of the damage is still unclear, but witnesses say it is extensive.