In celebration of National Library Week 2013 (April 14-20), Hawaii’s public libraries will offer an array of free culturally-enriching programs featuring noted storytellers and performing artists.
National Library Week is a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. “Communities Matter @ your Library” is this year’s theme chosen by the American Library Association, which reinforces the fact that libraries are trusted places where everyone can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. All National Library Week programs are suitable for ages 5 and older unless noted otherwise. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
One event is planned at Molokai Public Library to help celebrate National Library Week. On April 24, 3:30 p.m., will be “Hawaiian and Jazz Music.” Molokai musicians Norman DeCosta and Douglas Barnd will present a blend of Hawaiian and jazz music at the library (sponsored by Maui Friends of the Library; phone: 553-1765).
Contact the hosting library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.
Other programs around the state will have various featured performers, including award-winning Celtic harp player and highly-acclaimed storyteller Patrick Ball, award-winning slack key guitarists John Keawe and Jeff Peterson, local storyteller Ben Moffat, the dynamic traditional-style Japanese storytelling group Bento Rakugo, and luthier (maker of stringed instruments) Bob Gleason.
Please visit www.librarieshawaii.org for a complete listing of National Library Week 2013 programs or call your local library to find out what programs will be offered.