Thousands of books donated to the Maui Friends of the Library from the recently closed Old Lahaina Book Emporium will go on sale Friday, Oct. 14, at a storefront next to Ah Fook's grocery in the Old Kahului Shopping Center. The sale will continue on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) through Sunday, Oct. 30. Proceeds from the Friends of the Library sale will benefit Maui County's eight public libraries, according to Maui Friends of the Library President Dorothy Tolliver.
Tolliver said the sale will include hard-to-find titles, books signed by famous authors, and a good representation of Hawaiiana subjects and Hawaiian authors. She noted that the books will be value-priced with most being sold for $5 or less.
Maui County librarians and members of the Maui Friends of the Library will get "first pick" at a presale event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, said Tolliver. "We're asking those attending the pre-sale to bring proof of membership. It's not too late to join. Memberships can be purchased at the door during the presale event."
Annual membership dues for Maui Friends of the Library are $10 for adults, $20 for families, and $5 for students, military and seniors. Membership dues are used to support the county's public libraries.
Light pupu, compliments of Whole Foods Market, will be served at the pre-sale event starting at 2 p.m.
The books are a gift from Machele and Tom Stabler. Tom is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maui Friends of the Library.
"As an avid lover of books, I couldn't let this opportunity to help our libraries go by," he said.
Tom believes that the popularity of the digital readers is causing a change in reading and book purchasing. At the same time, libraries are experiencing a surge in popularity across the country.
"Machele and I saw a wonderful opportunity to help our local libraries through this donation and are very proud to be in a position to give these books for that cause," he said.
The Stablers not only donated the books, but also have moved them from the Lahaina bookstore to the sale location and participated with volunteers from the Maui Friends of the Library in pricing the books and organizing them for the special sale.
The Maui Friends of the Library, a volunteer organization founded on Maui in 1912, operates the only used bookstore on the island. It is located in Pu'unene past the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Mill and Museum.
The organization also sells books monthly in front of Whole Foods Market in the Maui Mall. For more information, visit mfol.org.
The Old Lahaina Book Emporium located just off Front Street in Lahaina closed its doors in July 2011. Former proprietor JoAnn Carroll is also helping with the sale to benefit the Maui Friends of the Library cause.