In celebration of National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18), Hawaii’s public libraries will offer free educational and entertaining programs from March 28 through the month of April.
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 changing 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:
* “Celtic Harp and Story” – Award-winning Celtic harp player and highly-acclaimed storyteller Patrick Ball returns to Hawaii featuring his intriguing Celtic tales of Ireland enhanced by the exquisite sounds of his Maplewood harp. Ball, the recipient of numerous national awards in both music and spoken word categories, has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken work albums which have collectively sold more than on-half million copies worldwide.
He will perform at 10 selected Kauai, Big Island, Maui County and Oahu libraries: Kauai – March 28, 1 p.m. at Princeville Public Library (phone: 826-4310); Big Island – March 30, 6:30 p.m. at Mountain View Public & School Library (phone: 968-2322); Oahu – March 31: 1:30 p.m. at Aina Haina Public Library (phone: 377-2456), Kahuku Public & School Library at 6 p.m.; April 4: 10:30 a.m. at Manoa Public Library (988-0459), Hawaii State Library (586-3520) at 12:30 p.m.; Maui County – April 1, 1:30 p.m. at Lanai Public & School Library (phone: 565-7920); April 2: 10 a.m. at Makawao Public Library (phone: 573-8785), Kihei Public Library (phone: 875-6833) at 3 p.m., and Wailuku Public Library (phone: 243-5766) at 6:30 p.m.
* “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.
See Moffat perform at nine selected Big Island, Oahu, and Kauai libraries: “Mr. Spelunker’s Adventures” – Oahu: March 30, 6 p.m. at Mililani Public Library (627-7470), April 8, 10:30 a.m. at Ewa Beach Public & School Library (phone: 689-1204), April 16, 10:30 a.m. at Hawaii Kai Public Library (397-5833); Big Island – April 2: 12:30 p.m. at Laupahoehoe Public & School Library (962-2229), Honokaa Public Library at 5:30 p.m.; April 15, 2:30 p.m. at Pahala Public & School Library (928-2015); Kauai – April 18, 11 a.m. at Princeville Public Library (phone: 826-4310); “River of Dreams”: Oahu – April 22, 10:30 a.m. at Aiea Public Library (483-7333), April 23, 10:30 a.m. at Kaneohe Public Library (233-5676).
* “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, who was born in Lanai City, is internationally regarded as Hawaii’s best steel guitarist since the passing of steel icon Jerry Byrd.
See Ingano perform at five selected Oahu, Kauai, and Molokai libraries: Oahu – April 8, 6:30 p.m. at Waianae Public Library (phone: 697-7868), April 13, 6:30 p.m. at Kaimuki Public Library (733-8422), April 18, 1 p.m. at Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library (phone: 831-6831); Molokai – April 15, 3 p.m. at Molokai Public Library (553-1765); Kauai – April 20, 5 p.m. at Waimea Public Library (338-6848).
* “Okinawan Dance” – Jimpu Kai USA, an Okinawan performing arts group directed by Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone, will bring to life the vibrant culture of Okinawa’s music and dance. Enjoy entertainment ranging from traditional folk dances, to the classical art of kumiwudui, the dance-drama performed for the kings of Ryukyu in old Okinawa, and to colorful, contemporary dances with taiko. Participants can sing-along with music performed on the Okinawan sanshin (snakeskin three-stringed instrument) and learn the freestyle dance of atchame.
See “Okinawan Dance” at four selected Oahu, Big Island, and Kauai libraries: Oahu – April 2, 6 p.m. at Hawaii State Library (586-3520), April 25, 10:30 a.m. at Kapolei Public Library (693-7050); Kauai – April 9, 6 p.m. at Hanapepe Public Library (335-8418); Big Island – April 18, 3 p.m. at Kailua-Kona Public Library (327-4327).
Contact the hosting library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.
National Library Week 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, 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.
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