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HSPLS Continues Internet PC Reservations Upgrade: 8 Oahu and 3 Big Island Libraries Start April 22

HSPLS Continues Internet PC Reservations Upgrade: 8 Oahu and 3 Big Island Libraries Start April 22

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will perform an upgrade to its Smart Access Management (SAM) Internet reservation system in three Big Island and eight Oahu public libraries beginning Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26.  The computers at the following Big Island libraries: Kailua-Kona, Laupahoehoe, and North Kohala, and Oahu libraries: Kahuku, Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, Kailua, Waimanalo, Aiea, Liliha, Kaneohe, and Waianae will be unavailable for reservations beginning today through the completion of the upgrade in each library.  Walk-up sessions may or may not be available, depending on the progress of the upgrade. 

SAM is a computer-based system that allows users to reserve and register for Internet sessions in HSPLS’s 50 public libraries; it helps HSPLS maximize the use of public Internet computers and ensures equal access for our patrons. 

"Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" is Nene Award 2013 Winner

"Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" is Nene Award 2013 Winner

“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts has been chosen by the children of Hawaii as the winner of the 2013 Nene Award.  The Nene Honor Book Award (runner-up) is “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger.  

The annual Nene Award is presented to the favorite fiction book based on a vote by the children of Hawaii in grades 4 through 6.  This year, a total of 5,985 students from 78 public libraries, private and public schools statewide voted.

Award-winning children’s book author Jacqueline Davies, co-winner of the 2012 Nene Award for “The Lemonade War,” the first book in “The Lemonade War” series, was a special guest and made the announcement this morning before an audience of more than 700 invited dignitaries, students, teachers, and other guests at the 48th Annual Nene Award Presentation Ceremony, conducted for the second consecutive year at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. 

Award-winning Author Will Announce 2013 Nene Award Winner on April 18

Award-winning Author Will Announce 2013 Nene Award Winner on April 18

Award-winning children’s book author Jacqueline Davies will announce the winner of the 2013 Nene Award in a ceremony at the Hawaii Okinawan Center on April 18 at 10 a.m.  Invited students, librarians, and teachers will honor Davies and “The Lemonade War,” the co-winner of the 2012 Nene Award.

Last year, Davies shared the Nene Award with Brian Selznick, author of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” which marked the first time there was a tie vote in the history of this annual award.  In addition to the Nene Award, Davies is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 Nutmeg Award (Connecticut), 2011 North Carolina Children’s Book Award, 2009 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award, and 2007 New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.

See Special Family Story Time at Four Oahu Libraries April 20-28

See Special Family Story Time at Four Oahu Libraries April 20-28

A special Family Story Time series will be conducted at four Oahu public libraries in April 2013, in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.  The Child and Family Services and Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii are sponsoring these free story times.

Cheryl Larrua, Mrs. Hawaii Petite 2012/2013, will be featured as a Special Guest Reader at the kick-off event on Saturday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hawaii State Library-Edna Allyn Children’s Room.

Children ages 3 and older, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are invited to listen to a variety of age-appropriate stories at the kick-off event, as well as at other participating public libraries.  Each child will receive a free goody bag filled with a McDonald’s coupon for kids, and informational resource materials for parents, while supplies last.  For more information, please call the Hawaii State Library-Edna Allyn Room for Children at 586-3510.

Mele Lāhui Performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band

Mele Lāhui Performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band

Flyer provided by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities.

Hawaii State Library Offers Centennial Anniversary Events in April

Hawaii State Library Offers Centennial Anniversary Events in April

The Hawaii State Library (HSL), the flagship of the Hawaii State Public Library System, is currently celebrating its Centennial Anniversary through December 2013. The Library, located at 478 South King Street, opened on February 1, 1913.

“Hawaii State Library’s Centennial Scrapbook,” an historical exhibit about the Library, is available for viewing in the First Floor Reading Room when the Library is open throughout the celebration.  In addition to its regular Saturday morning Children’s Storytimes in the Edna Allyn Room, the Library will offer new exhibits and special programs each month during its Centennial year. 

In April, the Library will observe Money Smart Week @ your library (April 20-27),  a public awareness campaign of the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

Upcoming highlights for April include:

Bank of Hawaii OHANA! Series presents HAMLET at Hawaii Theatre

Bank of Hawaii OHANA! Series presents HAMLET at Hawaii Theatre

A rollicking band of Elizabethan roustabouts descends on the Hawaii Theatre to bring William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy of regicide and revenge masterfully to the stage.  The gifted, 21-member Hawaii Theatre Young Actors Ensemble will “hold, as ‘twere the mirror up to nature” to transform their rough-and-ready troupe into the noble characters of Hamlet. Each actor will play two roles – a male player in the itinerant company and his/her character in the play. The challenge will make for a tour-de-force adventure in classical theatre.

There’s a preshow element to the production during which the itinerant players set up their stage, unpack and place the costumes and props they have had with them “on the road,” and improvise in character with their audiences. Who knows what might happen as the Players teach simple Elizabethan pub songs and provoke spontaneous song competitions in the auditorium?