Ward Village Book Sale Benefits Hawaii Public Libraries

The 73rd annual Friends of the Library of Hawaii book sale continues this week in Kakaako, benefiting the state’s 51 public libraries.

The event opened to the general public on Saturday, ending a two-year pandemic hiatus and is scheduled to run until June 19. Participants are required to wear masks.

The sale includes more than 100,000 books and media, including CDs, vinyl records, puzzles, video games, arts and crafts.

It is held at 1142 Auahi St. in the former Pier 1 Imports store in Ward Village. The Auahi Street outlet is open until 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 19, the closing day.

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All books are 50% off the last two days of the event. From Wednesday to Friday, the Friends of the Library offer 10% discounts to teachers, librarians, seniors 65 and over and members of the military.

A second location, Friends of the Library Village Books & Music Bookstore in Ward, will open Tuesday at 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., across from the Auahi Street location. Hours of operation for the Ala Moana site are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 19.

The first annual Friends of the Library book sale was held in 1947. Past sales have attracted as many as 15,000 Hawaii residents and bibliophiles flown in from the mainland.

Typically over 75% of selling stock sells out. The remaining books from this year’s sale will be sent via Reach Out Pacific to support libraries in Micronesia.

The sale is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Friends of the Library, an organization that dates back to 1879.

Friends of the Library will also be hosting their 28th Annual Literacy Links Golf Tournament at Kapolei Golf Club on November 4th.