Juneau Library Director Cathernine Melville

The new leader of Juneau Public Libraries is kicking off her first official week as director by hosting a drag queen story hour and dance party for children.

On July 31, the City & Borough of Juneau announced that Catherine Melville will serve as the next library director. She is a deeply entrenched, 20-year library employee who has overseen book purchasing, collection development, technical services and the supervising of library staff. She’s been serving as the acting director since February.

It appears Melville is intent on continuing the divisive and highly controversial practice of using the publicly funded library system to push radical LGBTQ themes, including drag performances for children.

On Aug. 5, the library system is hosting drag queens and kings for an event at Mendenhall Valley Public Library that includes stories, songs and a LGBTQ-themed dance party for young children.

This is part of a series of recent controversial events hosted by the library. Since serving as acting director, Melville has overseen LGBTQ poetry events and competitions, critical race theory-themed book readings and a youth Pride party to celebrate and promote LGBTQ identities among children.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to work with my fantastic colleagues to connect Juneau residents of all ages to the wide variety of free resources our libraries have to offer, from physical and digital materials to educational and entertaining programs and story-times, to community meeting spaces,” Melville said upon taking over as full-time director.

Melville earned a Master of Library & Information Science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of British Columbia. She was born and raised in Juneau and is a 1997 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School.


— To contact Juneau Library Director Catherine Melville, call (907) 586-5249 or email

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Juneau’s new library director launching first official week with drag queen party for kids

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Johnny says:

    Why are these queer events geared towards children controversial? Because the adults generated the idea, do children suddenly jump up and state they want a queer children’s event? No, of course not! We have groomers masquerading behind a title and a degree.

  • Bob says:

    Just another in a long line of twisted individuals that’s pushing an unwanted and unnecessary agenda onto children. These people should be locked up for child abuse.

    • Jen says:

      If they don’t sincerely repent asking forgiveness through the Cross, then they all will one day be locked up for all eternity -The children of the God Never will have to see these type of people again. Life is a short one and our time to endure wickedness is short. We can handle it. God is good that on this side of Heaven we aren’t here for eternity where the righteous must forever live among the unrighteous.

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      Amen, Yes lock them up

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    When we take back this country and our beloved state from this evil that has installed itself, it is going to be time to move that dang state capitol into mainland Alaska. If Juneau dries up, so be it! They can make their living like all the other fishing towns do!

  • Diana Graf says:

    I agree with Friend of Humanity. It has been years since the move of the capitol has been approved and there’s been no action because of private interests not because the state of Alaska was being considered. The libs took it as a stronghold and now we have a rupture in government at its core.
    Alaska is a true American stronghold but the sewage is leaking in at many places.

    • James says:

      State capitols always turn into liberal cesspools, no matter where they are. Just move it around every year – set up a tent city in some random place on the road system and tear it down at the end of the term.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Off topic: A video from two years ago discussing the formation of the militia in Ukraine. Wow!

  • V says:

    There are absolutely no libraries in Alaska right now who are hiring conservatives. None. I challenge you to apply if you are a conservative and “qualified” and see it for yourself.

    • Richard K CORBeil says:

      Aside from tranny gathering public libraries have no purpose. They should be closed.

  • Steve Peterson says:

    Sounds like it’s time for a tax revolt.

  • Tara Martha Barno says:

    It us time to BOYCOTT PUBLIC AND SCHOOL LIBRARIES. Sadly, this insanity does not show stopping anytime soon. have a library in your home. Discover other families the have home libraries and share. Let the kids check pit books and be accountable to return them. Have a ‘Story Time’ too with crafts and shared snacks. Sounds fun to me and a great way to avoid the insanity.
    LET the ‘THEM’ think there are winning. When in reality you see them for their insanity and you do control the narrative being given to your children.

  • ohmer says:

    Juneau went down he moralless tube a long time ago

  • Ray Haruzi says:

    Their grooming the children for their perverted agenda. SMH.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Who’s our leader?

  • Eleanor says:


  • Richard K CORBeil says:

    Com’on Juneau, What are you doing?

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    What is with these people and their obsession with sordid sex? Promotion of autogynephilia, sexual deviancy, to children, condoned by our government.

    • Lucinda says:

      Christians seem quite obsessed with other people’s sexuality. Why is that ? Why must you meddle?

      • B says:

        Lucinda the narcissist.

      • With eyes to hear says:

        There is only one group of people “Coming Out” to reveal their sexuality to the public, and it is not Christians who have been doing so.

        I don’t see any Christians marching the street or having parades revealing who they sleep with. That is another group entirely, and from what I understand about them, they are not Christians.

  • David says:

    Parents who take their children to these events should be considered guilty of child abuse and should be treated as such.

  • John K Powers says:

    Another pervert! Not surprised

  • Mark Bartlett says:

    You must be kidding me! Drag Queen BS in Alaska? Go to the Lower Forty-Eight if you want this kind of crap. Move now!!!

    • Lucinda says:

      Mark. Why do you care? Ten bucks says you’ve never been to a drag show (I haven’t either). I’m only tepidly interested in the spectacle. But so what? Don’t like drag, don’t go to the show.

      • Pissed off Tax Payer says:

        The point Lucinda is keep it AWAY from children!
        What part of “Children” don’t you understand! No drag shows, story hours or twinkle toes dances! KEEP AWAY FROM THE CHILDREN!! Just say no to all the Pedos!