Hundreds Attend Grand Opening of New Aiea Public Library

Approximately 700 library lovers and supporters attended the Grand Opening Ceremony and program for the new environmentally-friendly Aiea Public Library on Saturday, July 19, and the Library officially opened after the ceremony.


Governor Neil Abercrombie, State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, State Senator David Ige, State Representative K. Mark Takai, State Representative Gregg Takayama, City Council Member Carol Fukunaga, Aiea Community Association President Claire Tamamoto, CDS International Architect Glenn Miura, and State Librarian Richard Burns participated in the Ceremony attended by invited State Legislators, other dignitaries, and the general public.




State Librarian Retires This Year

Praises HSPLS Milestones 

Richard Burns, who has served with distinction as the State Librarian of the Hawaii State Public Library System since January 2008, has informed the Board of Education of his retirement at the end of the year, completing more than 30 years of dedicated service, the last seven as Hawaii’s State Librarian.


Working through a severe economic downturn that resulted in limited resources, hiring freezes and furlough days, the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) achieved many notable milestones over the past 6 1/2 years. Under Burns’ leadership, HSPLS expanded public service days and hours, improved and enlarged collections, increased the number of free public programs and services, further developed traditional and print collections while moving forward into the wireless, e-book and digital arenas, and heightened the value the library system provides for users across the state. HSPLS has laid the foundation for future development and success, and is well-positioned to provide patrons with the resources they will need to achieve academically, build their futures in the world of technology, prepare themselves for employment in the modern workplace and lead engaged, fulfilling lives.





Eleven Foreign Languages Added


Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) has added 11 foreign languages to its Mango Languages electronic resource. Mango Languages, an online language-learning software system, debuted its Hawaiian language resource for library patrons on our HSPLS website in December 2013.


HSPLS patrons can learn the Hawaiian language anytime, anywhere, free via the Mango Languages resource. The Mango Languages system offers a unique learning environment that allows patrons to take lessons at their own pace. Memory-building exercises are embedded into each unit to ensure that patrons retain what they learn.


The foreign languages added are: Cantonese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, Indonesian, Thai, Portuguese (Brazilian), Swahili, Greek (modern), Hebrew (modern), and Arabic (modern standard).


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