‘Boarded-up Borders blues’ cure starts Friday

LIHU‘E — Carolyn Larson, librarian at the Lihu‘e Public Library, has the cure to the “boarded-up Borders blues” — the Lihu‘e Public Library Fall Used Book Sale.

Larson said there are a lot of people who come to the library, describing their ailment as the “boarded up Borders blues” and having the book sale will ease the stress of not having a bookstore to thumb through actual paper books.

Akama said there are a lot of books including readers’ favorite authors, latest mysteries and thrillers, coffee table books, juicy romances, home improvement, health and wellness, computers, classics, cookbooks and some interesting history and biographies.

“You won’t find these anywhere,” one volunteer offered, placing copies of World War II books on the table.

Rick Collins, one of the Friends of the Lihu‘e Public Library said this sale has more copies than previous sales, helped in part by a phone call he received recently.

A lady called to say a gentlemen was admitted to a care facility and all of his books were moved out onto the lawn and covered with a tarp.

“That was a lot of books,” Collins said. “They were in good shape, but the people didn’t know what to do with them so they were just moved out to the lawn. We ended up trucking three pick-up’s full back to the sale.”

Akama said in addition to the book sale, the Friends are taking advantage of the event to announce the launch of its website, www.lihuelibrary.com.

Larson said this website is different from the state library’s website, which has a web address of www.librarieshawaii.org and links to the Lihu‘e Public Library.

“The Friends’ site has pictures, news of upcoming events, a way to join the Friends online and even volunteer for upcoming events online,” Larson said.

Akama added that in addition to the popular titles, the Friends also collected a number of CDs, DVDs, children’s books and Hawaiiana and Pacific Islands books.

“Need a book fix for those ‘boarded up Borders blues?’” she said. “Come on down, browse and shop for the best book bargains while supporting the Lihu‘e Public Library.”

Doors to the Friends of the Lihu‘e Public Library Fall Used Book Sale open at 10 a.m., Friday and Saturday, and the sale runs until 4 p.m.

“There is one change from previous sales,” said Ann Akama, moving a stack of books and waiting tables. “We will not open on Sunday for this sale. It’s just Friday and Saturday.”

For more information, call 245-8010 or email akama_96766@yahoo.com.

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