Book bargains in Lihue

LIHUE — Susan Matsunaga’s prayers were answered Monday.

“I was wondering what we were going to have for the Lihue Public Library used book sale,” said the Friends of the Lihue Public Library volunteer. “I was looking for some good stuff, and even prayed for books.”

A few days later, Matsunaga said the library received about 10 big boxes from a person in Texas.

“They didn’t send it to any other library,” Matsunaga said.

A note in the box stated the items came from a collection of a person who died and contained a number of Hawaiiana items, including more than 40 hardcover books, 20 large hardcover books, more than 80 record albums, and more.

“I prayed, and this came,” Matsunaga said. “Some of the items were put out on the library shelves, but many will be part of the used book sale.”

Doors to the Lihue Public Library used book sale open at 10 a.m. today and will stay open until 4 p.m. The sale continues through Friday and features books, CDs, DVDs and records.

“Some of the people featured on the records have passed away, but their sounds live in the records,” Matsunaga said, discovering vintage titles like “South Pacific,” and “The Sound of Music,” which celebrated its 50th anniversary last week.

Owen Moe, a Friends volunteer from Kekaha, said there are more fiction titles compared with the last sale.

“We’ll even have the free table outside the door,” Matsunaga said. “We don’t know what’s going to be in there, but it’ll be there, and it’s free.”

Proceeds support the library, 4344 Hardy Street in Lihue.

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