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Celebrate National Library Week at Hawaii’s public libraries


    Lori Taniguchi leads a storytelling session at the Kailua Public Library on April 5. Alana Herrera, bottom right, was excited by Taniguchi’s performance.

“Libraries Transform” is the theme of this year’s National Library Week, sponsored by the American Library Association. The Hawaii State Public Library System will be extending the celebration throughout April with a variety of programs designed to inspire, inform and ignite learning and imagination.

The Friends of the Library of Hawaii and the University of Hawaii-Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Culture Extension Program are supporting programming in celebration of National Library Week.

Here is a sampling of the programs available this month:


>> Thursday, 10:30 a.m.: “Story Circus” at Kaneohe Public Library; also 10:30 a.m. April 29 at Hawaii Kai Public Library. Yasu Ishida, an award-winning magician, director and performer, will present circus stories that will amaze, dazzle and bewilder.

>> April 19, 10:30 a.m.: “Moppets and Poppets with Aunty Nyla” at Ewa Beach Public & School Library. Kupuna storyteller Nyla Fujii-Babb will offer interactive stories and songs for preschoolers and their families.

>> April 26, 9:30 a.m.: Galliard String Quartet Concert at Waialua Public Library. A performance of music by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and other favorite composers along with pop and Hawaiian music, and more.


>> April 18, 1 p.m.: “Haunted Hawaii” at Hana Public & School Library. Storyteller Jeff Gere will share supernatural tales of the islands.

>> April 26, 1:30 p.m.: “The River of Dreams” at Lanai Public & School Library. Storyteller Ben Moffat will employ stilts, puppets, music and magic in his unique performance.

>> April 29, 11 a.m.: “Folk Art of Chinese Paper Cutting” at Kahului Public Library. Learn to make a Chinese craft in this hands-on workshop with Barbara Chung Ho.

For other events at public libraries, visit

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