HSPLS & FLH Promote Reading at Honolulu Zoo Event

In celebration of National Reading Month, the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) is partnering with the Honolulu Zoo Society, Children's Literature Hawaii and the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl to present "Wild About Reading" on Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Honolulu Zoo.  "Wild About Reading" is a free event with purchase of zoo admission. Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i will also take part with a booth at the event!

The purpose of this event is to stimulate an interest in reading and highlight the importance of literacy.  Gates will open at 9 a.m. and the first 500 families admitted will receive a ticket for a complimentary copy of "Chee-Lin: A Giraffe's Journey" by award-winning children's author James Rumford.  An opening ceremony will be conducted at 10 a.m. and various activities will promote reading children's books about zoo animals throughout the event. 

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Salt Lake-Moanalua Library Adds Saturdays Starting Week of March 10

Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library will add Saturdays to its public service schedule beginning the week of March 10.  The Library has revised its current public service hours, adding Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Library, located at 3325 Salt Lake Boulevard, will be moving from a Monday through Friday to a Monday through Saturday schedule.  

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Republic of Korea Government Donates $45,000 of Korean eBooks to HSPLS

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) and the Korean Library Foundation (KLF) conducted a special check presentation ceremony and a demonstration of new Korean eBooks this morning (December 5) for invited dignitaries including Governor Neil Abercrombie and Consul General Walter K. Paik, who participated in the event at McCully-Moiliili Public Library.   

Governor Abercrombie delivered the opening remarks and Consul General Paik (pronounced "Peck") presented a ceremonial check of $45,228.40 from the Government of the Republic of Korea to State Librarian Richard Burns.  The generous grant provides 2,100 Korean eBooks, including adult fiction, non-fiction, essays, and children's books; 450 paperback books, an estimated 200 DVDs that will be added to the HSPLS Korean language collection, and office equipment and furniture for the Korean Library Foundation.

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Hawaii’s Public Libraries Now Offer Four New Services

In celebration of the Holiday Season and in the Spirit of Giving, as of December 3, the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) now offers free new services to our library patrons to enhance their computer learning experience, use an app to browse the online catalog, download eMagazines, and learn how to speak Hawaiian:   

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Lihue Public Library will Reopen on October 24 -ADA Renovation Completed

A  Blessing Ceremony to celebrate the reopening of Lihue Public Library will be conducted on Thursday, October 24 at 9 a.m. for invited legislators, local officials, and the public following the completion of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Renovation Project.  

Kumu Hula Sabra Kauka from Island School will conduct the blessing and Halau Na Pua o Kamaile will present a hula performance as part of the ceremony. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.  The Library will re-open following the ceremony at about 10 a.m. and resume its regular public service schedule.          

The ADA renovation project for the island's central library included the replacement of an outdated air-conditioning system, replacement of picture windows, installation of new carpeting and upgrades to interior lighting.  An interim Library in the Conference Room offered limited library services and the book drop remained open for the duration of the project.

"We have been looking forward to this renovation project for a long time and are excited to see it completed," said Branch Manager Carolyn Larson.  "The library did not gain additional space, but it will have a more stable environment with improved climate control, which will better protect our collections and make it more comfortable for our patrons.  The upgrades to accessibility will also help us better serve Kauai's general public."

"We would like to thank our legislators for providing funding to renovate our Lihue Public Library to ensure health and safety priorities are met for our patrons and staff," said State Librarian Richard Burns.  "We would also like to thank our patrons for their patience and understanding during the Library's temporary closure."

The present Lihue Public Library building located at 4344 Hardy Street was dedicated 44 years ago on August 23, 1969.  The Library's public service schedule is: Monday, Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday - Closed.  For information about the Library's programs and services, please call 241-3222 when it reopens.   

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