Collection drive for ‘Aloha Libraries’ kicks off

  • Photo courtesy County of Kauai

    County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program participants and RSVP Advisory Council members flank materials for an Aloha Library. From left are Wilma Chandler, George Mukai, Vernon Paler, Shirley Akita, Jim Jung, Avis Hirahara and Gladys Fujiuchi.

LIHUE — As part of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s special initiative for the Martin Luther King Day of Service, senior corps members of the Kauai Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, RSVP Advisory Council, and members of Kauai Veterans Council, kicked off a collection drive starting yesterday, with monetary donations to be used to construct Aloha Libraries.

Aloha Libraries will be placed islandwide in hopes of inspiring keiki to read, encouraging literacy in families, and fostering a sense of community.

Installation of the first library is tentatively set for Saturday, Jan. 26.

There is a collection day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at both Kukui Grove Center’s Times Supermarket and Safeway in Puhi’s Hokulei Village.

Monetary donations may be dropped off or mailed to Kauai RSVP – Agency on Elderly Affairs, during normal business hours, at 4444 Rice Street, Suite 330, in the Lihue Civic Center’s Piikoi Building.

Aloha Libraries will be constructed through efforts of volunteers from the Kauai Veterans Council.

Materials for the very first library were donated and constructed by RSVP volunteer and veteran Jim Jung.

Kauai RSVP is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service and civic engagement, and is sponsored by the County of Kauai AEA.

For more information, contact Donna Olivas-Kaohi, RSVP director, at 241-4483.

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