Valley Library welcomes award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson July 9

July 5, 2019 – News

Acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson will be visiting the Juneau Public Libraries Mendenhall Valley Library on Tuesday, July 9. A reception will open at 6:30 p.m. followed by a presentation for all ages at 7 p.m.

“I’ve been working for three years to bring Jacqueline Woodson to Juneau and, against all odds, she’s coming to our little town. Her books give messages of resilience. I fell in love with her about 15 years ago, when she shared her family’s tradition to ‘Show Way.’ Using a needle and fabric, she traces the lineage of being a black woman in America from slavery to now,” Juneau Public Libraries Youth Services Librarian M.J. Grande said.

Woodson is the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature through the Library of Congress. She’s written more than two dozen award-winning books for adults, young adults, middle graders and children, including “Brown Girl Dreaming,” which was part of Battle of the Books in Juneau. Her most recent work is “The Day You Begin.”

For anyone interested in reading work by Woodson, all three Juneau Public Libraries branches feature a display of her books.

For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian M.J. Grande at 586-0435 or