Rakugo Japanese-storytelling performance at Molokai Public Library

| June 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bento Rakugo performers, from left, Yasu Ishida, Josephine Calvo, Serina Dunham, and Benjamin Sota will be coming to Molokai on June 17. Photo courtesy of UH-SCEP.

Bento Rakugo performers, from left, Yasu Ishida, Josephine Calvo, Serina Dunham, and Benjamin Sota will be coming to Molokai on June 17. Photo courtesy of UH-SCEP.


Hawaii State Public Library System News Release

Bento Rakugo will be featured performers for “Dig into Reading,” the 2013 HSPLS Children’s Summer Reading Program, at 11 selected public libraries on the Big Island, Lanai, Molokai, and Oahu from June 5 to July 17. Admission is free.

The performance comes to the Molokai Public Library in Kaunakakai on June 17 at 10 a.m. Call the library at 553-1765 if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations are needed.

Bento Rakugo, a dynamic group led by artistic director Yasu Ishida, will perform in the traditional Rakugo (Japanese translation: “fallen words”) storytelling style with a modern twist to the Japanese comedy.

Rakugo is one of the most popular forms of Japanese theatre, with a tradition spanning more than 300 years. In Rakugo, the performer presents a comic story while sitting on a Japanese cushion throughout the entire performance, speaking all of the voices in both the first person and third person. All stories will be spoken in English.

On Lanai, the Bento Rakugo performance will be June 27, 2 p.m. at the Lanai Public & School Library. Phone 565-7920 for more information.

Summer reading program “Dig into Reading”

“Dig into Reading” is this year’s program theme which will encourage young readers to explore all things underground including dinosaurs, construction vehicles, animals that live underground, Ancient Egypt, caves, and rocks.

The 2013 summer reading programs are sponsored through a generous grant from the Friends of the Library of Hawaii (FLH), Atherton Family Foundation, Kraft Foods Group in Hawaii, Longs Drugs/CVS Caremark, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, HEI Charitable Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation, Meadow Gold Dairies, HMS Host, Hansen Distribution Group, Armstrong Produce, DFS Hawaii, Roberts Hawaii, Toshiba Business Solutions, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, National Football League Charities, Aloha United Way, and local Friends Chapters.

Corporate sponsors include McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii, Hawaii Pizza Hut, Frito-Lay of Hawaii, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, The Islander Group, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Vacations Hawaii, Fukuda Seed Store, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Conservation Council for Hawaii, State Dept. of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, DuPont Pioneer, the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region, Price Busters and GBC Boxes & Packaging. USB Drives were provided by Hawaii’s Access for All Grant through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and leveraged with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunity Online funds; matching funds were provided by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, the Omidyar Ohana Fund through the Hawaii Community Foundation, and Alexander & Baldwin Foundation.

Performances featuring artists from the Statewide Cultural Extension Program are co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii’s Outreach College, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about the Bento Rakugo program, call the hosting library. For further information about the 2013 HSPLS Summer Reading Programs, visit the HSPLS website: www.librarieshawaii.org, like us at www.facebook.com/HSPLSHIgov, follow us on www.twitter.com/HSPLSHIgov, or call your local library.

HSPLS consolidates patron database

The Hawaii State Public Library System’s (HSPLS) patron database underwent a purge of inactive accounts on Monday, June 3. Removing these accounts provides an updated, more accurate database for our business and management uses.

Inactive accounts are accounts with expired library cards and:
* No borrowed library material in the past five years and
* No outstanding items, charges or fees; and/or
* Whose cardholders are former residents who have relocated from Hawaii.

The record of a patron who has not borrowed library material in the past five years or more may be purged. Patrons who visit their local library, present their library card, and discover that their record has been purged can reactivate their card, free-of-charge, by completing a new library card application form and presenting it with their card and valid identification. The database clean-up procedure will not affect currently active library patrons.

Internet computer users who do not borrow materials and only use their library card to access the library system’s Internet stations or subscription databases remotely, may notice that their accounts have been purged. These patrons can reactivate their accounts, free-of-charge, by completing a new application form and presenting it with their card and valid identification at any HSPLS library.

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