Holiday Observance

All public libraries will be closed on Friday, April 3 in observance of Good Friday. Four libraries normally closed on Fridays will also be closed on Saturday, April 4: Aiea, Hawaii Kai, Liliha, and Makawao (Maui).


Twenty-three libraries will be open on Saturday, April 4:

• Oahu – Aina Haina, Hawaii State Library, Kailua, Kalihi-Palama, Kapolei, Manoa, McCully-Moiliili, Mililani, Salt Lake-Moanalua, Wahiawa, Waialua, Waianae, Waikiki-Kapahulu, Waimanalo, Waipahu;

• Big Island – Hilo, Kailua-Kona, Thelma Parker;

• Kauai – Hanapepe, Princeville;

• Maui – Kahului, Kihei, and Lahaina.      


All libraries will also be closed on Sunday, April 5. For more information, contact your local library or view the statewide holiday schedule.

















Your Tax Donation Supports Libraries

Hawaii taxpayers are invited to make donations to benefit the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) just by checking a box located on their state tax returns. Taxpayers can designate $2.00 from an individual income tax return or $4.00 from a joint return, for the Hawaii Public Libraries Fund. A total of $65,234 was donated to Hawaii’s public libraries during the first half of 2014, which enabled HSPLS to purchase books and other materials for patrons of all ages statewide.


“All Hawaii taxpayers are encouraged to take advantage of this easy and effortless opportunity to help your public libraries,” said Interim State Librarian Stacie Kanno. “Thank you to everyone who donated last year and we welcome your continuing support of Hawaii’s public libraries this tax season.”


Since January 2005, Hawaii taxpayers have donated $775,038 to the HSPLS Special Fund. Mahalo nui loa for your continuing support!



Celebrate National Library Week!


Starting this week and throughout the month of April, Hawaii’s public libraries will offer free educational and entertaining programs in celebration of National Library Week (April 12-18). Our National Library Week programs are suitable for ages 5 and older unless noted otherwise, and young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


National Library Week is a national observance sponsored each April by the American Library Association and libraries nationwide. It is a time to highlight the important role of libraries, librarians and library workers. “Unlimited possibilities @ your Library” is the theme selected by ALA for this year’s National Library Week. “The library has always been a place of unlimited possibilities,” said Interim State Librarian Stacie Kanno. “Whatever your interest or need, the library and the library staff are here to provide you the resources you need to accomplish your goals and dreams.”



Featured programs include:


Celtic Harp and Story - Award-winning Celtic harp player and highly-acclaimed storyteller Patrick Ball returns to Hawaii featuring his intriguing Celtic tales of Ireland enhanced by the exquisite sounds of his Maplewood harp. Ball, the recipient of numerous national awards in both music and spoken word categories, has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have collectively sold more than one-half million copies worldwide.


Mr. Spelunker’s Adventures and River of Dreams – Popular local storyteller Ben Moffat will offer a unique storytelling performance using puppetry, stilts, magic, music, and movement. These programs are suitable for ages 3 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


Hawaiian Steel Guitar and the Blues – Four-time Grammy Award winner Bobby Ingano, best known for his blues guitar and Hawaiian steel guitar music since 1980, will perform and share his perspective on the music of Hawaii. Ingano will perform at five selected Oahu, Kauai, and Molokai libraries beginning April 8.


National Library Week programs are provided by a grant from the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i, Atherton Family Foundation, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, HEI Charitable Foundation, Meadow Gold Dairies, HMS Host, Hansen Distribution Group, DFS Hawaii, Roberts Hawaii, Toshiba Business Solutions, and Aloha United Way. Additional funding and support is provided by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Outreach College, Statewide Cultural Extension Program; Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


For a complete listing of these and other performances, click here.





Board of Education Appoints New State Librarian


The Board of Education announces the appointment of Stacey A. Aldrich as the new State Librarian.  She will fill the position which was vacated by the retirement of Richard Burns as of December 31, 2014. 


The candidate was a unanimous recommendation of the selection committee.  Ms. Aldrich holds a Master of Library Science and served as the State Librarian of California and the Deputy Secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania. 


“Stacey brings a wealth of experience in library leadership and community engagement.  She is committed to working with our dedicated staff to reposition our libraries to meet the 21st century needs of our individual communities,” said Board of Education Chairperson Don Horner.


Ms. Aldrich was selected by the Library Journal as one of the top fifty-five professionals “who are shaping the future of libraries” and was awarded the LINK AMERICAS Foundation Knowledge Award for vision and leadership in the area of digital literacy.                                                                                                                   




Financial Literacy for Keiki to Kupuna

HSPLS Receives $100,000 Grant


Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA). HSPLS was among 21 recipients who shared $1.8 million in grants as part of the Smart investing @ your library initiative.

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