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Part II: Celebrate National Library Week (April 8-14)


Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to find a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong @ your library.

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) helps level the playing field by making both print and digital information available and accessible to everyone statewide – from keiki to kupuna. Our

Libraries provide a variety of free services such as Internet access with a valid library card, wi-fi, downloadable e-books, audiobooks, and e-music; performances, programs, displays, and exhibits for all ages; Toddler and Preschool Storytimes, 24/7 remote access to online databases and our Public Access Catalog, and much more.

Hawaii’s public libraries will host free programs throughout the month. In addition to featured performers, here are some of the National Library Week highlights:

* “The Folk Art of Chinese Knotting.” Barbara Chung Ho, who studied this ancient Chinese folk art form in Taiwan, will present an interactive and customized workshop at two libraries: April 9, 6 p.m. at Kalihi-Palama Public Library (832-3466), and April 25, 6:30 p.m. at Waimanalo Public & School Library (259-2610). The workshop is limited to 20 teens and adults. Registration is required; please call the hosting libraries to register.

* April 9, 3 p.m. – “American Music.” Molokai musicians Jay Allison, Norman DeCosta, and Douglas Barnd will present a blend of blue grass, blues, folk, and country music at Molokai Public Library.

* April 10, 6:30 p.m. – “Chamber Music Hawaii’s Spring Wind Quintet Concert.” The Spring Wind Quintet, recognized as one of the nation’s leading wind quintets, will perform a selection of classical music and some arrangements of traditional Hawaiian songs at Kihei Public Library. There will also be demonstrations of how each instrument’s sound is made, how the quintet performs together, and a question-and-answer session.

* “Jazz Styles.” Dean Taba, a highly-regarded studio and freelance musician, will demonstrate common Jazz styles and provide an overview of what musicians are doing when improvising a solo or accompaniment in two performances: April 10, 6:30 p.m. at Kailua Public Library, and April 22, 2 p.m. at Kaimuki Public Library.

* “Stories on Stilts and Other Tall Tales.” Storyteller Ben Moffat will present a storytelling experience using stilts, masks, and puppets in three performances: April 11, 5:30 p.m. at Kealakekua Public Library, April 12, 6 p.m. at Keaau Public & School Library, and April 14, 2 p.m. at Kahului Public Library.

* “Stories of the World.” Storyteller Sandra MacLees will use drama and humor to bring to life the folktales, fables, myths, legends, biographies, and history that she has collected over the past 40 years in two performances: April 11, 11 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library, and April 13, 10:30 a.m. at Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library. Program is suitable for ages 5 and older; young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

* April 11, 10:30 a.m. – “Story Time featuring Uncle Wally Amos.” Amos, founder of the Chip & Cookie Read Aloud Foundation, will present a special keiki story time for ages 3 and older at Kailua Public Library. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

* “Slam Poetry.” Internationally-acclaimed poet and storyteller Kealoha will combine poetry, storytelling, movement, music, theatre, and interactive speaking in two performances: April 12, 10 a.m. at Ewa Beach Public & School Library, and April 26, 2 p.m. at Lanai Public & School Library.

* April 14, 10 a.m. – “Tales with Aunty Brenda.” Storyteller Brenda Freitas-Obregon, Children’s Librarian at Kalihi-Palama Public Library, will present various folktales and stories from around the world at Hanapepe Public Library. Program is suitable for ages 3 and older; all children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

* April 14, 10:30 a.m. – “Stories from Around the World.” Storyteller Dave Del Rocco, a former HSPLS librarian, will present folktales from Hawaii and other places such as Africa, Alaska, Italy, Laos, and the Philippines at Hilo Public Library.

* April 18, 4 p.m. – “Mask Making.” Yukie Shiroma will conduct a workshop on how to create a three-dimensional mask at Waipahu Public Library. The workshop is limited to 20 participants (ages 8 and older).
Registration is required; call the Library (675-0358) to register.

The Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Marriott Resorts Hawaii, Ko Olina Hawaii, Meadow Gold Dairies, HMS Host, Hansen Distribution Group, Armstrong Produce, Bowman Connectivity Solutions, Toshiba Business Solutions, Girard’s Dressings, and Roberts Hawaii are sponsoring the National Library Week 2012 programs. Program schedules are subject to change.

Performances featuring artists from the Statewide Cultural Extension Program are co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

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