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Rotary benefit for library exceeds goal, raises $5,000

By Staff | Aug 5, 2010

Lahaina Public Library Branch Librarian Madeleine Buchanan (center) receives the funds raised for the library by Lahaina Rotary Club with Maui Friends of the Library representatives Sara Foley (left) and Sharon Woodall.

LAHAINA — Lahaina Rotary Club announced that the “Savor the Sunset” benefit for Lahaina Public Library raised $5,000, topping their goal of $3,000.

“The community really turned out for this event and we couldn’t be more pleased,” said Carmen Karady, club president.

Karady presented the check to representatives of Maui Friends of the Library, who will use the funds to purchase much-needed furniture for Lahaina Public Library and work with Rotary on a multiyear plan for other improvements.

“As a resort community and one of the top tourist destinations in the world, we want our library to be physically more inviting,” said Karady.

She noted that the library built almost 60 years ago needs refurbishing. Lahaina Rotary Club, with the guidance of the Maui Friends of the Library and Lahaina Library staff, are making this a multiyear undertaking with a 2011 benefit in planning.

Karady explained that the funds from this year’s benefit will first go to immediate needs for furniture, to replace what is no longer usable due to age and some termite damage. Beyond these needs, Karady reported that Rotary members are working to develop a total facelift plan, including new paint and ways to configure the space to take better advantage of the large expanse of windows and the architectural details of the building.

Madeleine Buchanan, branch librarian, said she was amazed at the amount that had been raised and very gratified for the help and goodwill of the community. Maui Friends of the Library Treasurer Sharon Woodall and Board Member Sara Foley were delighted as well.

Foley said, “As a library patron, I am so proud that our Lahaina Rotary has taken up this cause. Public libraries are a vital resource for people rich and poor, and we’re so lucky in Lahaina to have such a dedicated staff working to serve us. It’s clear the community values our library and wants to make it the best it can be.”

Like Rotary, Maui Friends of the Library is a nonprofit and all-volunteer organization. It was established in 1912 to help fund materials and programs that fall outside the budgets of the libraries. All funds raised by Lahaina Rotary will benefit Lahaina Public Library.