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Sign up for HSPLS Summer Reading Programs @ your Library Starting May 27

Sign up for HSPLS Summer Reading Programs @ your Library Starting May 27

Readers of all ages are invited to participate in the 2014 Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) Summer Reading Programs which will be conducted from Sunday, June 1 through Saturday, July 12.  Registration for the free six-week programs at all 50 public libraries statewide begins on Tuesday, May 27.  Some libraries may extend their programs beyond the July 12 date; contact your local library for dates and other guidelines.

Attend Special Family Storytime at Hawaii State Library on May 17

Attend Special Family Storytime at Hawaii State Library on May 17

In celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month, a special Family Storytime will be presented at the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Edna Allyn Room for Children.

Children ages 3 and older, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are invited to listen to stories read by guest readers from the Hawaii Speech Language Hearing Association and do some coloring activities.  Parents and caregivers will receive free informational brochures about communication disorders. 

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

The Hawaii State Library is located at 478 South King Street.  For more information, please call the Edna Allyn Room for Children at 586-3510.

 

Mayor's Proclamation Ceremony to be Held for Second Annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival

Mayor's Proclamation Ceremony to be Held for Second Annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival

The Honolulu Ekiden Foundation will be recognized in a proclamation ceremony by Mayor Kirk Caldwell for the Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival. Now in its second year, the Honolulu Ekiden and Music event has the distinction of bringing Japan’s Ekiden tradition to Hawaii, and is the first and only marathon-length relay race and music festival event on the island. Hundreds of Japanese runners will travel to Hawaii to join kama`aina runners and share this unique Japanese event, modeled after messengers in ancient Japan who would deliver messages by passing them to another messenger until it reached its final destination. Teams of two to six people, including Hawaii high school teams, will run relay-style to promote the Japanese Ekiden tradition of team unity and spirit.

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe the Memorial Day Holiday

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe the Memorial Day Holiday

In observance of the Memorial Day 2014 Holiday, all public libraries will be closed Saturday through Monday, May 24 – 26. 

The following libraries will be open with special hours on these days: 

  • May 22 (Thursday) – Kealakekua Public Library (telephone: 323-7585)
  • May 23 (Friday) – Aiea Public Library (telephone: 483-7333), Liliha Public Library (telephone: 587-7577), and Makawao Public Library (telephone: 573-8785)

For public service hours, please visit the HSPLS website at www.librarieshawaii.org, like us at www.facebook.com/HSPLSHIgov, follow us on www.twitter.com/HSPLSHIgov, or call your local library.

Commemorate Memorial Day with a local living legend at Hawaii State Library

Commemorate Memorial Day with a local living legend at Hawaii State Library

In commemoration of Memorial Day 2014, meet Pearl Harbor Survivor and author Herb Weatherwax in a free program at the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. in the First Floor Reading Room.

Weatherwax, a Native Hawaiian and first-time author, will read selections from his book “Counting My Blessings,” show photos from his youth, and share stories of mischief, adventure, and travel.  “Uncle Herb” will also share his amazing life story, including anecdotes about what it was like to grow up in Hawaii, his experience in a Honolulu street gang, how he survived the Pearl Harbor attack, his stint disarming bombs in Europe, and eventual transition to business owner, family man, and community leader.  Copies of “Counting My Blessings” will be available for sale from the Friends of the Library of Hawaii after the program.                 

New Microsoft Online Learning Platform Debuts June 2 at Public Libraries

New Microsoft Online Learning Platform Debuts June 2 at Public Libraries

The Hawaii State Public Library System’s Microsoft IT Academy, a free digital literacy and technology training resource, will not be available from Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, June 1 due to the installation of a new Microsoft Online Learning Platform.  The new platform is scheduled to go live on Monday, June 2.

Patrons who are currently taking Microsoft IT Academy courses are advised that partially-completed courses will not be transferred over to the new platform.  Patrons have the option of finishing their course prior to Thursday, May 15 or retaking the course from the beginning after the migration is completed on June 2. 

Ewa Makai Middle School Principal awarded $25,000 in School Leadership Award

Ewa Makai Middle School Principal awarded $25,000 in School Leadership Award

The Island Insurance Foundation presented its tenth annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award of $25,000 to Principal Edward Oshiro of Ewa Makai Middle School at the annual Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner held on May 1st at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom.

The award, named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., is presented to a public school principal who is visionary, community-minded, and has an entrepreneurial spirit – qualities of leadership that Tokioka exemplified in his own company and in the business community.