$800k Approved for Puna District Regional Library

The Hawaii State Legislature has appropriated $800,000 in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for the feasibility study, planning, and design components for a new Puna District Regional Library, acknowledging the values of reading, education, and lifelong learning that held in high regard by the residents of Puna. Currently, the Puna District currently has a shared library system that limits the availability of resources to residents of the district.

Senate Ways and Means Committee visits the Pahoa Public Library

Senate Ways and Means Committee visits the Pahoa Public Library

Senator Russell Ruderman identified the Puna Library as one of his top CIP priorities for 2014 stating that, “Libraries are a crucial link to literacy and learning which preserve the diverse cultural heritage here in Hawai‘i. We recognize the vital role that libraries play as cornerstones in our community, and this appropriation of $800,000 for the Puna District Regional Library will establish a welcomed community resource for the Puna District and neighboring areas.

Senate Ways and Means Committee discusses things outside the Pahoa Public Library

Senate Ways and Means Committee discusses things outside the Pahoa Public Library

These services are especially critical for rural and economically challenged areas such as Puna, and will provide pathways to improve educational and economic status. The Puna District Regional Library will be a modern facility that goes way beyond books. It will include digital, A/V, e-book, and computer resources that will directly contribute to the health and wellbeing of children, teens, seniors, while serving the community as a whole.”

 

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