Queen Ka’ahumanu Center has been without a bookstore since the demise of Borders brick and mortars in 2011. Maui Friends of the Library has stepped up to fill that gap by opening their third location in the mall, between Sears and Radio Shack.
I visited the store yesterday and found a wonderful space. Open and airy, the store is furnished with some wonderful vintage pieces including old school library ladders and rolling book racks that any library lover and reader will appreciate. There is also a seating area in the center to browse the books you’s selected.
Racks and racks of used books line the walls and fill rolling racks throughout the space. Fiction, cooking, keikis, writing and Hawaiiana are just a few of the categories available. They’ve even got magazines like O, People and Town and Country. In the mood for a little music or cinema instead? Check out their selection of music CDs and DVDS.
I walked out with a novel intended for a different demographic than myself (teens). I’ve always wanted to read “the boyfriend list” by e. lockhart because of the author’s unique writing style. I also snagged a January 2012 issue of O. My out of pocket was…get ready…drum roll…$1.
Maui Friends of the Library, a 501C3 charitable organization, is fully staffed by volunteers and they need some additional book lovers to staff their new space. If you are interested in volunteering your time to a great cause, contact Machele at 280-9379 or leave a message at 572-7985.
If you’d like to donate, you can bring small quantities to the front entrance during their operating hours of Mon to Sat (9:30 am to 7 pm) or on Sun (10 am to 5 pm). Large donations can be dropped off at the loading dock in the rear (past Sears) or if you have a large quantity donation that needs to be picked up, you can contact Tom at 280-9374 or Machele at 280-9379 or leave a message at 572-7985 . All proceeds go to support the libraries of Maui.
I also wrote a post earlier this year on the important role the Maui public library system played in my life growing up and about the Maui Friends of the Library Puunene location. A love of reading is integral to every area of my life. I would not be the same person today without the services and resources offered by our libraries here in Hawaii.