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“I truly believe in giving back to excel in life,” said Beth DeBlasis, a new volunteer at the Maui Friends of the Library’s Lahaina Bookstore.

LAHAINA — Maui Friends of the Library Lahaina Bookstore added two new volunteers last month to its roster of 16 local residents who spend at least four hours a week serving customers at its now larger store at the Maui Outlets on Front Street.

The new volunteers are Annie Wilson, an accountant and regular customer of the store for many years, and Beth DeBlasis, Clean Energy Ambassador for Sunrun Solar and Off-Premise Concierge. Both enjoy being active in the community.

Store sales provide additional support to Maui County’s eight public libraries and the Holololo Bookmobile, funding everything from new books to furniture to special programs.

“Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization,” noted Friends of Maui Library president Flo Wiger, who also volunteers at the Lahaina store.

“We always need people to step in and help,” she added, noting “It’s also a lot of fun.”

Maui Friends of the Library has three second-hand bookstores on Maui: Puunene near the Sugar Mill; Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului; and the Lahaina Bookstore across from Kate Spade in the Outlets of Maui mall on Papalaua and Front streets.

Those interested in volunteering can apply at any store. Maui Friends of the Library is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Used book donations are welcome and accepted at each store.

Learn more by visiting the Maui Friends of the Library website at mfol.org.