The Manoa Public Library, located on Woodlawn Drive, will today shut its doors and lock up for the last time. It will reopen in two years, but by then book lovers can expect to be greeted with "greener" doors.
The building will be under construction for the next couple of years to become an new, larger, and environmentally-friendly community library. After completion of the "green" building, the State will seek Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. A LEED facility must be built with recycled products and material, and have environmentally sustainable design features, including reduced water use, renewable energy and natural lighting.
Library rats don't despair! You will still have access to the crack we story junkies call books. Portables on the Noelani Elementary School campus will serve as a temporary library facility.
The public is invited to the "Manoa Library Book Brigade", a special event with neighbors and community leaders in which participants will take a ceremonial walk carrying a book from the Manoa Public library to the portables across the street. The event is scheduled for August 1, 2009 from 9-10:30 a.m. Representative Isaac Choy, Manoa lawmaker, will participate in the ceremony.
Refreshments will be provided. Contact Christel Collins at 988-0459 for more information.