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Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at 16 Selected Statewide Libraries on May 4

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at 16 Selected Statewide Libraries on May 4

Mark your calendars!  Sixteen libraries will offer readers free comic books on Saturday, May 4 in celebration of the 12th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day.  Library patrons showing their valid Hawaii State Public Library System card will receive a special free comic book, while supplies last.  Participating libraries’ local Friends groups, Jelly’s the Original, and Collector Maniacs are sponsoring this year’s event.

See Lei-making, Tongan style at Hawaii State Library on Saturday, April 27

See Lei-making, Tongan style at Hawaii State Library on Saturday, April 27

In celebration of the Hawaii State Library’s Centennial Anniversary, “Lei-making, Tongan style,” a free lecture-demonstration program, will be presented on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. in the First Floor Reading Room.   

Aita Tonga, a self-taught lei maker who has been creating lei for more than 10 years, will demonstrate how she makes Tongan lei and discuss lei customs.  There will be a photo display featuring various lei styles, and the audience will have the opportunity to examine fresh lei made by Tonga.    

This two-hour presentation is suitable for ages 5 and older.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  A question-and-answer session will be included in the program.

Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed. 

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.