LAHAINA -- About $300,000 of volunteer work and donations were unveiled today when the Lahaina Public Library reopened its doors after a three-month renovation made possible by community organizations and volunteers.
Povi Larsen, who visited the library with her daughter, admired the library's shiny new green floor. The new flooring replaced the old asbestos tiles that lined the floors, said library Branch Manager Madeleine Buchanan.
"It feels great," Buchanan said of the renovations as well as finally reopening the library's doors.
Buchanan noted the various upgrades, 34 new bookcases that replaced the taller and old "mix and match" cases of wood and steel as well as the new granite-covered circulation desk, new desk for the public computers, new coats of paint and new restroom facilities.
"It really makes you appreciate what the community does," Buchanan said of the volunteer efforts to renovate the 57-year-old library.
Over the last three years, the Rotary Club of Lahaina, with the cooperation of the Maui Friends of the Library, fundraised and solicited donations for the project, said project coordinator Sara Foley, who sits on the boards of both organizations.
Volunteers got the blessing and help of the Hawaii State Public Library System for the project, which didn't cost the state a dime, organizers added.