Holiday Observance
In observance of Memorial Day, all public libraries will be closed Saturday through Monday, May 23 to 25
The following libraries will be open with special hours on these days:
May 21 (Thursday) – Kealakekua
May 22 (Friday) – Aiea, Hawaii Kai, Liliha, and Makawao (Maui)
For more information, contact your local public library or view the statewide holiday schedule.   







Hawaii's New State Librarian


Aloha! My name is Stacey Aldrich, and I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Education to join the Hawaii State Public Library System as the new State Librarian. How lucky am I to join one of the most amazing public library systems in the country!


I believe our libraries are powerful spaces that enhance the life of the mind in each of our communities. We support self-sufficiency and the success of each person who walks through the physical or virtual doors. The health of our communities is enhanced when we have strong libraries that provide opportunities for learning 21st Century skills and literacies, connecting people to the world of information and ideas, and creating spaces for community engagement.


I look forward to dreaming big and continuing to build the future of the Hawaii State Public Library System with you!


Learn more about State Librarian Aldrich



Be a Reading Hero!

Join the Summer Reading Program


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. Some libraries may extend their programs beyond the July 18 date; contact your local library for dates and other guidelines. The 2015 theme for children is "Every Hero Has a Story" and for teens is "Unmask!" Adults will also be encouraged to read and "Escape the Ordinary."


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 in the June issue of the Holo I Mua newsletter as well as on the HSPLS website.


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No Passport Service at Hawaii State Library on June 6

Passport acceptance service at the Hawaii State Library-Federal Documents Section will not be available on Saturday, June 6 due to the Hawaii State Public Library System’s 2015 Summer Reading Programs’ Kick-off Event. This popular Passport service at the Library will resume on Monday, June 8 at 10 a.m. 

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In celebration of the 2015 HSPLS Summer Reading Programs, 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 the event.


Everyone is invited to wear a kimono, hapi 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.


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"The Journey Home" Puppet Show & Informational Display


In partnership with the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Environmental Services (Storm Water Quality Division), HSPLS will host puppet shows at four selected Oahu branches and informational displays in all 24 Oahu branches.


The puppet show features Apoha, the o‘opu fish, as he struggles to return to his home stream. Watch as he makes friends and teaches everyone how to be clean water heroes along the way! This 45-minute keiki performance was developed under the direction of Mark Branner from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Theatre for Young Audiences program. Based on the story booklet developed and printed by the City & County of Honolulu and paid for by the taxpayers of the City & County of Honolulu. The City's Storm Water Quality Branch will also provide Oahu public libraries throughout the summer with an informational display to promote environmental awareness and clean water.


See Puppet Show Schedule

See Display Schedule





 “Wonder” Selected as 2015 Nene Award Winner


“Wonder” by R. J. Palacio, a #1 New York Times bestseller, has been chosen by the children of Hawaii as the winner of the 2015 Nene Award.  The announcement was made on April 9th by special guest Darth Vader (Justin Cruz) of the Pacific Outpost of the 501st Legion accompanied by Storm Troopers and other Star Wars characters before an audience of more than 400 invited dignitaries, students, teachers, and other guests at the 51st Annual Nene Award Presentation Ceremony at Sacred Hearts Academy Auditorium.  The Nene Honor Book Award (runner-up) is “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate.  


The annual Nene Award is presented to the favorite fiction book based on a vote by the children of Hawaii in grades 4 through 6.  This year, a total of 5,497 students from 66 public libraries and private and public schools statewide voted.


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