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Thelma Parker Library to celebrate 35 years

It was 35 years ago, on Oct. 26, 1978, when Waimea’s present public library opened its doors after replacing the long-standing wooden structure that was torn down. It was named in honor of Thelma Parker, a Parker Ranch heir and the mother of Richard Smart. The library is the public library for Waimea town, surrounding communities and area schools.

The staff, led by Pam Akao, head librarian, as well as the Friends of the Library, are planning events throughout the month of October to commemorate this milestone.Visit the library for a list of events and to pick up a commemorative bookmark.

Scheduled events:

Oct. 2, Wednesday, 4 -5 p.m. Opening and welcoming remarks by Head Librarian Pam Akao. Musician Roy “Dutchie” Jensen will entertain from 4:30-5 p.m. Anniversary cake and balloons will add to the festive time.

Oct. 9, Wednesday, 6-7 p.m. Local published author Darien Gee will talk about her successful career.

Oct. 12, Saturday, 2 p.m. Taiko drumming in the parking lot by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko from Kohala/Waimea.

Also on Saturday from 10-11:30 p.m. Origami with Bonnie Cherni.

Oct. 16, Wednesday, 6-7 p.m. Tutu’s House Writers Support Group will be reading their works and offer writing encouragement.

Oct. 19, Saturday, 6-8 p.m., Amazing Race. A treasure/scavenger hunt race using the Dewey Decimal System in the library, for pairs or individuals. Prizes offered.

Oct. 26, Saturday, 5-7 p.m. Potluck Pupu Party with local musicians providing entertainment.