Makawao library celebrates 50 years

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Liina Leynes-Ivary, 4, (right) and Nile Malia Murray, 6, work on art projects during Saturday’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Makawao Public Library. Looking on is volunteer Monica Kitashima. The art station was part of a daylong schedule of presentations, speeches, book giveaways, blessings and musical performances. Branch Manager Laurie Barker-Perez said the event was a celebration of community “because the community is such a big part of what we are and we are a big part of the community. We are a very important part. Public libraries are a cornerstone of a democracy.” Murray said she was a fan of reading. “I like the library, and the books, the unicorn tales, fairy tales and mermaid tales.”