An Insiders Look at the Friends Booksale by Wanda Adams

Each hot and muggy June, Friends of the Library of Hawaii becomes a loose-knit but fervent ‘ohana with hundreds of volunteers focused on one goal: to sell donated books, recorded works and even artworks to raise money for the state’s 50 libraries. 

Over the course of two weeks (set-up time followed by the hectic sale and then the breakdown), the volunteers talk story, discover common bonds, share books (we are our best customers) and revive relationships that, for many, are but a once-a-year-occurrence. Books that are not sold are donated to needy library systems elsewere, or held for later sale online if they have collectible value.

At the core of this impressive operation are year-round volunteers, who put in regular weekly shifts, pricing, sorting and packing books. Each is responsible for a particular subject area and each has a phenomenal memory of our stock and a loving, protective attitude toward their “babies.”


The Polynesian Voyaging Society at Your Library

Friends of the Library of Hawai’i

Opening Your Door To the World-Wide Voyage!

We are pleased to announce Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i (FLH) is partnering with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, as an official host to help bring community awareness to the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage of the Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia to a library near you. The goal of the voyage is to grow a global movement toward a more sustainable world. The voyage will cover 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, and 26 nations (including 12 of UNESCO’s Marine World Heritage sites) through June 2017.

Join us May 20th, from 3:00-7:00 PM at the Waimānalo Public & School Library for the inaugural event. From 3:00-5:00 PM there will be Activity and Education stations to include: the star compass, knot tying, map of the Worldwide Voyage, and peace flags. Stay for the Director’s Screening of the documentary film Papa Mau: The Wayfinder from 5:30-7:00 PM with Q&A with Director Nā‘ālehu Anthony.

Working with selected Public and School Libraries, PVS will provide free educational outreach programs geared to communities throughout the state. Each presentation will include a number of activity and education stations, workshops and movies. In addition, crewmembers and specialists will inspire as they share their expertise and their unique voyaging experiences.

A traveling exhibit of photos and other voyaging materials in addition to books related to subjects presented will be available at the libraries prior to and following the outreach day.  The schedule is not yet confirmed. Please check back soon for more information.

Super Hero Bon Dance Kicks off Oahu Summer Reading Programs

A "Super Hero Bon Dance" 2015 Summer Reading Kick-off Event will be presented on the Great Lawn of the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, June 6 from  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Entertainer Lina Girl will emcee this free special event. The event kicks-off the seven week Summer Reading Programs at the 50 branches of the Hawai‘i State Public Library System. The Summer Reading Programs run from May 31 through July 18 and you may sign up at any time.

Everyone is invited to wear a kimono, happi coat or favorite super hero costume and join costumed super heroes like Batman, Wonder Woman and Star Wars' Storm Troopers at the Bon Dance from 10 a.m. to noon with live music performed by the Aiea Taiheiji Yagura Gumi.  In addition, real-life law enforcement and safety heroes will participate in the event to illustrate some of the various kinds of heroes that will be explored throughout our Summer Reading Programs.  The bon dance event will provide a venue to celebrate our ancestors, who are heroes as well.    


Be a Reading Hero - Join HSPLS Summer Reading Programs

Readers of all ages are invited to participate in the 2015 Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) Summer Reading Programs from May 31 through July 18. Registration for the free seven-week programs at public libraries statewide begins on May 31.  Dates may vary by library; contact your local library for dates and other guidelines. 

Participants who visit their local library and read at least one book per week are eligible to receive a free reading incentive, while supplies last.  In addition to reading, the programs will feature performances by artists from the University of Hawaii's Statewide Cultural Extension Program.  Performance programs will be highlighted on the HSPLS website.

On Oahu, a "Super Hero Bon Dance" Summer Reading Kick-off Event will be presented on the Great Lawn of the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Entertainer Lina Girl will emcee this special event. The bon dance will provide a venue to celebrate our ancestors, who are heroes as well. 

This year, while all of our Summer Reading Programs (SRPs) have an overall theme of "Heroes," each program has their own related theme:


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