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Big Island library reopens after 2 years of renovations

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The Hawaiʻi State Public Library System reopened Nāʻālehu Public Library last week after closing for two years for expansion and renovation projects.

What used to be a 775 sq. ft. portable has doubled in size to nearly 1,700 square feet.

Amenities include a children’s reading area, free Wi-Fi, and public computers. The bathroom, signage, and parking lot have been updated as well.

"We are grateful to everyone who worked on this project to make our smallest library and the southernmost library in the USA a bigger and brighter place for the community," said State Librarian Stacey Aldrich.

A small ceremony was held to open the new library. Former HSPLS employee Pastor Debbie Wong Yuen presided over the blessing of the library and opening remarks were shared by state Rep. Jeanne Kapela, Branch Manager Sara Kamibayashi, and Aldrich.

Nāʻālehu Public Library is located at 95-5669 Mamalahoa Hwy. It is open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Zoe Dym was a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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