Waimea’s present public library opened its doors on Oct. 26, 1978, 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.
Events throughout October will commemorate this milestone.
The following events are scheduled:
— Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 5 p.m.: Opening and welcoming remarks by Akao. Musician Roy “Dutchie” Jensen will entertain from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Anniversary cake and balloons will add to the festive time.
— Oct. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m.: Local author Darien Gee will talk about her career.
— Oct. 12, at 2 p.m.: Taiko drumming in the parking lot by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko from Kohala/Waimea. Also, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., origami with Bonnie Chermi.
— Oct. 16, from 6 to 7 p.m.: Tutu’s House Writers Support Group members will be reading their works.
— Saturday, Oct. 19: from 6 to 8 p.m.: Amazing Race, a treasure/scavenger hunt race using the Dewey Decimal System in the library, for pairs or individuals. Prizes offered.
— Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.: Potluck pupu party with local musicians providing entertainment.