Kona’s Little Libraries promote love of reading

Lisa Folden, Rotary Club of Kona Mauka co-president, stands next to one of the organization’s little library book exchanges in front of Koa Realty in Holualoa. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

“Little Libraries” are freestanding boxes or small structures — typically holding 15 to 30 books — where residents may take a book or leave a book, all without a card or cost. Currently, perhaps a dozen of these little libraries are scattered throughout the community, with more expected to come. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Glenn and Kim Jensen of Kona call their Little Library “A Little Ladybug Library.”. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

While West Hawaii’s two public libraries in Kailua-Kona and Kealakekua are awaiting a full reopening, another kind of library is increasingly being seen on the streets of Kona neighborhoods and in public places.