Did you know? The Maui Friends of the Library are bringing their books to you. They are having a book sale in front of Whole Foods at Maui Mall from 9 am to 2 pm.
One of the greatest gifts my parents gave me was teaching me to read and supporting my love of reading. I wasn’t home schooled but two teachers raised me and they started me down my love of reading path well before we began the alphabet in school. Each Wednesday, my mother would take my sister and I to the Wailuku library. We could borrow any books we chose; I don’t recall her ever censoring our choices even if I chose something well above my reading level or adult in topic. Each Friday we’d also go to the bookstore (I can’t recall the name but it was located right near Sears in Kaahumanu Shopping Center). I got to choose either four comic books or one book to take home. After the bookstore, we’d eat dinner out (usually Ma-Chans) and then it was off to Farrell’s to pick one treat from their awesome candy store.
Books, periodicals and writing are such an integral part of my life. I have my reading and writing skills to thank for not only my college degree and career but also for the person I am today. With social media, my love of reading and writing can also now connect me to others and gives me the tools to support my passions and members of my community and beyond.
In Honolulu, one of my favorite lunch break activities included a trip to the historic Hawaii State Library, near the Palace. The amazing architecture, garden courtyard and thousands of books always made me feel calm, no matter how hectic my day. (This library is also the center of the only statewide library system in the United States.) On the weekends, I’d spend time at the Kaimuki library reading magazines and selecting fiction, business and biographies to take home to read.
I support Friends of the Library organizations both on Oahu and Maui by donating and purchasing from their book sales. Here on Maui, MFOL has a store, located behind the old Puunene school (all proceeds benefit the libraries in Maui County). On a recent visit, I bought two books, an O Mag and a Cooking Mag for a dollar. The photography book is over ten years old but contains many of the basic explanation and theory I need that are lacking in more recently published guides I’ve bought.
The bookstore is a wonderful option to reuse and also to support your child’s and your own love of reading for an affordable price. There are some vintage gems within their stacks as well, a treasure hunt for the bibliophile. In the front of the store, there are even books and mags for free.
If you can’t make the book sale at Maui Mall today, visit the MFOL store. They also have a website where you can learn more about how to support our libraries, their newsletter and upcoming events.
Our libraries in Hawaii are in danger due to inadequate funding. Reading is so important and books should be available to everyone, regardless of financial means. You can also support your public library by speaking your pieceto our Senators and Hawaii Representatives.