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Wailuku neighborhood debuts Little Free Library

Maui’s newest Little Free Library was unveiled last month in Wailuku’s Villas at Kehalani neighborhood by the Haleakala Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Little Free Library is a book-sharing movement that aims to build community, inspire readers and expand book access for all. There are currently 10 chartered Little Free Libraries on Maui.

“We’re thrilled to promote literacy in our own Wailuku community and hope this act encourages others to install Free Little Libraries in their neighborhoods,” said Rosetta Hiranaga, literacy promotion chair of the Haleakala Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. “My dream is for Little Free Libraries to continue to spread around the island, so everyone has access to the transportive magic of books.”

Villas at Kehalani neighbors and Haleakala Chapter members contributed new and used books to fill the library, which was unveiled during a community event organized and presided over by Wailuku Public Library and Holoholo Bookmobile Librarian Jessica Gleason and State Rep. Troy Hashimoto.

Quoting Rudine Sims Bishop, professor emerita of education at The Ohio State University, Gleason said, “Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation and readers often seek their mirrors in books.”

To learn more about Little Free Libraries, visit LittleFreeLibrary.org.

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