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!




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




HSPLS Salutes Thousands of Library Volunteers


In celebration of National Volunteer Week 2015 (April 12-18), the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) would like to salute our more than 2,000 volunteers who donated their time and efforts in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.


A total of 2,455 volunteers (adults and youth) contributed 117,060 hours to 48 public libraries and two support offices of HSPLS during FY 2014. These totals represent a 48.8 percent increase over the number of hours in 2013 (78,621). If HSPLS paid minimum wage to these volunteers at $7.25 per hour, the 117,060 hours of work donated would equate to an incredible $848,685!


Among the most popular duties that library volunteers perform is summer reading program assistance, book cleaning, book shelving, shelf reading, donation sorting, and donation pricing.


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Celebrate National Library Week!


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:


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.





“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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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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