Monthly Archives: August 2015

Baby’s First Book Project

Research has shown that reading aloud to children is the single most important thing you can do to prepare a child for reading and learning, and reading to infants contributes to the development of their growing brains and gives them a good start towards a lifelong love of reading and enjoyment of literature. Children whose parents read to them get a strong head start on the development of language skills and literacy. 

So Friends of the Library – Waikoloa Region (FL-WR) is pleased to announce that we are joining hands with North Hawaii Community Hospital to provide new parents in the birthing center with the baby book On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier. It is in a board book format that is easy for babies to hold and manipulate and stands up well to wear and tear.  We hope that both the parents and the babies enjoy it, and that it is just the start to enjoying children’s books in their homes.

Many thanks go to FL-WR Vice President of Programs and Activities, Amalia Mueller, for her creativity and persistence in organizing and putting this project into motion, as well to all our donors who help to sponsor such worthwhile literacy programs.

WVA Volunteer of the Month is FL-WR President, Ruth Bernstone

My name is Ruth Bernstone and I am currently serving as President of Friends of the Library – Waikoloa Region (FL-WR).  I guess you could call me a “professional” volunteer.  I started volunteering in high school as a candy striper at our local community hospital.  After finishing college and getting married, I continued to volunteer – taking an elderly couple, and the grandchild they were raising, and stand in line for them at the food stamp office, lobbying in the State and Federal legislatures on issues relating to children, and on professional and governmental boards.

After retiring and coming to Waikoloa, the volunteer opportunities were plentiful.  I started in the emergency room of our beautiful new North Hawaii Community Hospital, where I made several good friends and felt useful.  I initiated the Waikoloa Art center group and the Tai Chi practice group – after several moves, both groups are still active at the WVA Community room.  As a retired CPA, I was asked to serve on the WVA Finance Committee.  Helping to balance the budget for 3 years was a challenge, as I’m sure it continues to be.  During those years, a new well had to be built and the first solar panels and electric golf carts were added. 

For the last 5 years, FL-WR and our future library have been the focus of my volunteer efforts.  It’s been a pleasure to work with a wonderful group of volunteers, legislators and the WVA, whose enthusiasm, good cheer and hard work have brought so many benefits to the community – the bookmobile, scholarships, Newbery Quiz Bowl teams, Kindles for the Waikoloa School, a health fair, and progress toward the future library. Our annual Walk/run for Literacy brings together Waikoloa residents of all ages, and many members of our community contributed their thoughts and art to our self-published book “This We Believe – Waikoloa Region”.

Volunteering has so many benefits to both the volunteer and the community – making new friends, building character and confidence by helping others, having fun, building community cohesion, in addition to just plain getting needed things done.  It has been a great source of pleasure to me all my life and I encourage everyone to find their niche and passion too.

When I do have time, I love to cook and entertain our friends, take care of my veggie gardens, do needlepoint, solve crossword and Sudoku puzzles, play the piano and try to play the ukulele.

I am so blessed to live in Waikoloa Village, a town with the most generous, caring people of any place I have ever been.  We love the quiet, rural feel of the village, and its central location to Kailua, Kona, Waimea and Hilo.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt to be near the nicest beaches on the Big Island as well as the best scuba sites in the State of Hawaii!

Give Aloha Program

Please “Give Aloha” at Foodland, Sack N Save

and Foodland Farms

September brings us a great opportunity to help Friends of the Library – Waikoloa Region (FL-WR).  We are participating again this year in Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program, under the code name Bookmobile

How It Works
From September 1-30, customers are invited to make donations up to $249 (per organization, per person) to participating Hawaii non-profit organizations at checkout.  Individuals must use their Maika’i card to make a matching donation.  If you don’t have a Maika’i Card, you can sign up for one at the same time that you donate.  Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of each donation up to $300,000.  Remember to keep the receipt for tax purposes.  Give Aloha donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

How to Donate

At checkout, present your Maika’i card (or give your 10-digit number) and tell the cashier how much you would like to donate to Bookmobile.  Tell the cashier our code number: 78656. Be sure the cashier confirms our organization’s name and the amount that you are donating.

Your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total.  You may donate up to $249 per organization. (Higher amounts will not be matched.)

Any donation must be made payable to Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms. 

The name of our organization and the amount you donate will appear on your receipt. 

How Will My Donation be Matched?
Every year, the matching funds are shared with all participating organizations. The gift percentage varies and the actual matching gifts are calculated at the end of the program. Organizations will receive 100% of all customer donations given to their organization, plus their percentage of Foodland and the Western Union Foundation’s $300,000 matching gift.

Donor names will not be released to our organization.  If you would like us to know of your gift, please contact us directly or request a duplicate receipt from the cashier to provide to us so that we may properly acknowledge your gift.

Please take this opportunity to leverage your donation into more dollars for FLWR! Mahalo for your support! And check out our website at FLWRHI.org to see the activities we fund with your contributions.  We’ve added two new programs this year – Baby’s First Book and Kindles for Kealekehe High School Library.