The Bright Lights Book Project is a Palmer, Alaska based organization. Our volunteers salvage, sort, clean, categorize, and distribute books locally and statewide. Books come from Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS) and other sources. We currently stock 15 bookcases in Palmer, Wasilla, and Sutton. We also ship books to villages off the road system. The bookcases are located in places frequented by the general public and by students. The books are free and need not be returned. Recipients include those of all ages, genders, and reading levels, with a focus being on providing books to children and young adults. For a list of all bookcases we stock with free books, see Locations
Bright Lights Book Project volunteers often hear from parents and teachers that the reason why students are less apt to read is because parents can’t afford to purchase books. We are addressing this need by making free books available to children and adults. According to National Assessment of Educational Progress, Alaska currently has the lowest reading proficiency rate in the nation for fourth grade students. We are helping to counter this deficiency by making free books available to area school children. To this end, we partnered with the Mat-Su and Anchorage school districts and accepted a total of 11 pallets (stacked five-feet tall) of discarded books from school libraries. We intend to distribute these books, as well as other books we acquire through other sources, to students in local schools. With funding from the Palmer Community Foundation and through a partnership with the Mat-Su Vocational and Technical High School, students will build bookcases for free book locations at Mat-Su Borough schools.
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.
Carol assisting kids at the Sutton Library painting newspaper boxes for little free libraries donated by the Valley Frontiersman.
Pat reading during the kids' program at the Sutton Library.
BLBP is welcoming volunteers to assist with events, book gathering and book preparations). Contact, Nan Potts: (907)745-8788
BLBP UPCOMING EVENTS April thru September 2022
April 16, Saturday: United Way Volunteers (Meeting House, Palmer)
April 23, Saturday: Talkeetna E-Cycle Event (Talkeetna, 11am - 3pm)
April 30, Saturday: Who Let the Girls Out (Downtown Palmer Bookcases, 10am - 4pm)
May 3 - 29: Illustrating Alaska (Wasilla Museum, Dates & times TBA)
May 5, Thursday: Bookcase Dedication (Colony High School, 3:30pm)
May 13 - August 20, Fridays (May 13, 20, 27): Friday Fling (Every Friday at the Palmer Museum)
May 14, Saturday: Reading Rendezvous (Loussac Library, Anchorage, “With Read On The Fly”)
May 21, Saturday: Block Party (Wasilla Museum, 11am - 4pm)
May 24, Tuesday: United Way Cleanup (Meeting House, Palmer)
June 3, 10, 17, 24 Fridays: Friday Fling (Palmer Museum)
June 11, Saturday: Colony Days Parade/Book Handout (Downtown Palmer/Palmer Museum, Times)
June 25, Saturday: Art On Fire (Museum of Alaska Transportation & Industry, Wasilla, 10am - 5pm)
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Fridays: Friday Fling (Palmer Museum)
July 4, Monday: Wasilla Parade (Downtown Wasilla)
July 9th, Palmer Garden and Art Fair, 11am to 5pm (Downtown Palmer)
August 5, Friday: Friday Fling Nonprofit Booth (Palmer, 10am - 5pm)
August 5, 12, Fridays: Friday Fling (Palmer Museum)
August 13, Saturday: Co-op for a Cause (Anchorage, Sponsored by Kaladi Brothers)
August 19, Friday: Final Friday Fling (Palmer Museum)
September 24, Saturday: Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo (Menard MS Center, 10am - 3pm)