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Whole Foods customers can help new bookmobile

By Staff | Mar 31, 2016

A new Bookmobile named Holoholo is coming to Maui this summer and seeks funds to buy books and materials.

KAHULUI – The Maui Friends of the Library (MFOL) in cooperation with Whole Foods Market has started offering shoppers the chance to contribute dollars to purchase library materials for a new bookmobile the nonprofit is donating to the Hawaii State Library System.

Named Holoholo (meaning “go for a ride” in Hawaiian), the “Library on Wheels” is being gifted to the state by MFOL.

The colorful 30-foot-long vehicle with a custom-designed interior will have capacity for 3,000 books, audio books, DVDs and periodicals. It also will give the community access to e-books and research materials.

Holoholo is set to roll into Maui in June.

“We’re doing our part having raised $300,000 from used book sales at our three stores. Through our new ‘Dollars for Holoholo’ campaign, we hope Whole Foods Market shoppers and others will help us raise sufficient funds to stock the bookmobile with new books, magazines and other materials,” said Dorothy Tolliver, MFOL past president and Bookmobile Committee chair.

Whole Foods Market has been supporting MFOL for some months through periodic used book sales events at its Kahului store.

“Our bookstores have been able to generate significant sales with the help of some 80 unpaid volunteers,” Tolliver said. “Whole Foods Market is a great partner. The store itself volunteered to participate in raising funds for bookmobile materials before they were even asked,” she pointed out.

“The bookmobile is a way for all of the community to participate in making sure that library services, including a full-time librarian, will be accessible to everyone, not just those who live close to a brick-and-mortar library building.” Tolliver added.

Facilities wanting to be on the new bookmobile’s route should contact Wailuku Public Library, where the new vehicle will be housed. In addition, funds are being collected at the three MFOL used bookstores and by checks made to MFOL Bookmobile, P.O. Box 1017, Wailuku, HI 96793.