Used book sale makes summer splash in Lihu‘e

LIHU‘E — A wide variety of items and free coffee greeted book-lovers who were at the door when the Friends of the Lihu‘e Public Library started its used book sale Friday morning at the Lihu‘e Library.

Prices were already reasonable at $1 each, and shoppers got a free book for every five purchased.

Themed “The Endless Summer,” the sale made a big splash with shoppers with a lot of books and media to select from.

But it didn’t end there as the selections overflowed the conference room, spilling onto the sidewalks leading to the library, a veteran shopper noting this is the first time she has seen so many books at the sale.

“You see that table?” asked Joy Kouchi, one of the Friends volunteers. “Those are all free! Just go and choose. Inside, there’s a table where shoppers can make an offer of anything over a dollar, or even ‘nuts or what!’”

Carolyn Larson, the Lihu‘e Library branch manager, said the used book sale is a fundraiser put on three times a year by the Friends of the Lihu‘e Public Library to raise funds to support the programs and services at the library.

To this end, there was a fishbowl at the checkout where shoppers could contribute to the Friends.

“This is so crazy,” said Ann Akama, another Friends volunteer. “We need to make sure people know about the silent heroes — the firemen from Lihu‘e. They come to help us old people get everything ready so shoppers can enjoy. We really couldn’t do it without their help.”

The sale continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

For more information, call the library at 241-3222.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@



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