Waimea Public Library has free books

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Waimea Public Library Branch Manager Michelle Young and Casey Agena show off the books that are available for free now, while supplies last.

WAIMEA — Just in time for the winter break and the holidays, the Waimea Public Library is offering a free choice of books for families, while supplies last.

“We wanted to increase book access to people,” said Michelle Young, the Waimea Public Library branch manager. “These books were made possible through funding from the Friends of the Waimea Public Library.”

Traditionally, the Waimea Public Library and its friends group host events like the free-book giveaway, used-book sale, and other events to coincide with the annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade presented by the West Kaua‘i Business and Professional Association.

This year, however, the COVID-19 pandemic snuffed the practice after the town’s lighting ceremony, and the parade was canceled because of health and safety rules and guidelines.

Book titles are available for keiki up to 10 years old at the rate of one per person, as well as an “Instant and Healthy” cookbook for pressure cookers and Instapots collected by the American Heart Association.

“Disney Frozen: Everyone Loves Olaf!” is a board book for keiki newborn to 3 years old. “Sesame Street: A Sweet Christmas on Sesame Street” is a scratch-and-sniff title for keiki 3 to 6 years old, and “Disney Princess: Storybook Collection: Tales to Finish,” is a coloring and activity book for keiki ages 5 to 9 years old.

“We also have a limited amount of ‘Llama Llama Gives Thanks,’” Young said. “This is a book on giving thanks, and is from the November title listing.”

All books are on a first-come, first-distributed basis, while supplies last. The library temporary hours are Monday and Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. The library is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

  1. I saw a Vampire once December 18, 2020 11:49 am Reply

    Wow. The enjoyment of reading a book. You know, I am not an educator. I wouldn’t care about deciphering if a person likes or dislikes education. And I would not care why a person chose to pick a career as a librarian or a telephone line repairmen or even a bento line cook at Ishihara market. It doesn’t matter to me. But to be able to communicate on an personal level and be there with another person, that I think is personal. I could like him or dislike him based on his educational level, just by talking to him. This is that free will to choose as you may. There is a saying, if you harm none, do as you will. It goes a long ways.

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