In 2021, we salvaged and distributed 4.5 tons of books from Valley Community for Recycling Solutions, which is about 20,000 books. Through our partnership with VCRS, we are able to keep these books in our community.
The Mat-Su Health Foundation provided us with our first grant for bookcases and office supplies.
The Palmer Community Foundation provided us with a grant to purchase lumber and materials for bookcases, which will be built by students in the woodshop class at the Mat-Su Career and Technical High School.
The Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union provided us with a grant for general operating and promotional material, and recently gave us a second grant to purchase lumber and materials for bookcases, which will be built by students in the woodshop class at the Mat-Su Career and Technical High School. This will be our second batch of bookcases built by the Mat-Su Career and Technical High School shop class.
Saltchuk owns Northern Air Cargo and TOTE Maritime a provided us with a monetary donation.
Northern Air Cargo has provided multiple shipments of books to Bethel and surrounding villages.
Ravn Alaska provided shipment of books to Homer. From there, Smokey Bay Air took the books to Nanwalek.
Grant Air provided shipment of books to villages in the Bethel region.
Janet Kincaid: Janet, who is a local business owner, paid for the cost of bookcases and donated bookcase space in both Vagabond Blues and the Valley Hotel. These two bookcases were the first BLBP bookcases, which started our mission of putting free books into the hands of appreciative readers.
Alex Papasavas: Alexis the owner of Turkey Red Restaurant. She hosted the festival of the books, by allowing us to use the Turkey Red Banquet Room and hosts a very nice custom bookcase built by Bill Schmidtkunz.
Fireside Books: Maryanne owns Fireside Books in Palmer. Maryanne recently read excerpts from Helene Hanff’s 84 Charing Cross Road, a compilation of twenty years of correspondence between a discriminating bookstore reader and a bookstore owner, at the recent Palmer Festival of the Books.
U-Haul: The U-Haul Company donated free storage space for books that were donated to the project by the Mat-Su School District Warehouse.
Sarah Welton: Sarah is is a member of the BLBP Board and the Pastor of the Church of the Covenant/Meeting House. Sarah has also served for many years as a Mat-Su Borough School Board and the VCRS board. Sarah has been instrumental in this project, having donated Meeting House space, which has enabled us to continue to clean, sort, and distribute books on a near-daily basis.
Head Start CCS: Head Start teachers have been instrumental in getting the word out to homeschool families about this project,
Valley Center for Recycling Solutions (VCRS)
Friends of the Homer Library
Friends of the Wasilla Library
The Willow Point Senior Apartments
Mat-Su School District Warehouse
School District Warehouse
Numerous local readers
Mike Chmielewski, Big Cabbage Radio
Jacob Mann, The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman Newspaper
Barbara Hunt, Palmer Buzz Feed
Josh Fryfogle, The People’s Paper/Make a Scene/Hatcher Pass Radio