Celebrate National Library Week


In celebration of National Library Week 2014 (April 13-19) and in alignment with the Board of Education and Department of Education’s emphasis on student achievement, Hawaii’s public libraries will offer a variety of free educational STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math)-related programs throughout the month of April. Our National Library Week programs are suitable for ages 5 and older unless noted otherwise, and all 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 intended to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. “Lives change @ your library” is the theme selected by ALA for National Library Week 2014.


STEAM-related programs are provided by a grant from the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Atherton Family Foundation, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, HEI Charitable Foundation, Meadow Gold Dairies, HMS Host, Hansen Distribution Group, Armstrong Produce, 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.


See Statewide Program Schedule



New Aiea Library Nearing Completion

A new Aiea Public Library, currently being built on the site of the former Aiea Sugar Mill, is scheduled to be completed in the near future with a Grand Opening to follow.


The 17,200 square foot Library, an environmentally-friendly facility that will seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification, includes features to reduce electricity costs. The Library was designed by CDS International and will replace the existing 10,000 square foot Library at 99-143 Moanalua Road which opened in 1964.


The new building’s design will be reminiscent of the old sugar mill with simple, tall gabled roofs, and exposed structures, mechanical and air-conditioning duct work within the interior space. An announcement will be made when a date for the Grand Opening is confirmed.



Your Tax Donation Helps Libraries

Hawaii taxpayers are invited to make donations to benefit the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) just by checking a box located at the top of 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 $63,998 was donated to Hawaii’s public libraries during the first half of 2013, which enabled HSPLS to purchase books and other materials for patrons of all ages statewide.


“All Hawaii taxpayers can take advantage of this easy and effortless opportunity to help your public libraries” said State Librarian Richard Burns. “We would like to thank everyone who donated last year and welcome your continuing support of Hawaii’s public libraries this tax season.”


Since January 2005, Hawaii taxpayers have donated $702,836 to the HSPLS Special Fund. Mahalo nui loa for your continuing support!




Award Winner Announced


“The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger has been chosen by the children of Hawaii as the winner of the 2014 Nene Award.  The Nene Honor Book Award (runner-up) is “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio.  


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 6,308 students from 73 public libraries, private and public schools statewide voted.



















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