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The book buying extravaganza has begun!

June 21, 2009

The 62nd Annual Friends of the Library of Hawaii Book Sale if officially underway! HBB was there brght and early on the first day the sale was open to the public. They changed some key things around regarding the layout so check out this article before you head over there.

Honolulu Book Sale: Day 1 Review

You can also follow HBB on Twitter for tweets and updates directly from the sale, all week long!


Summer Programs at your public library!

June 19, 2009

June 21st will mark the official start of summer and already kids are throwing down their bookbags and binders in preparation for the next few coveted weeks of freedom. Some kids will be off to camps, retreats or other similar seasonal programs that can be costly for families with multiple children. And some summer programs only last a few weeks anyway. So, what do you do with the kids hunkering down for the long haul at home? Luckily, your public library has some solutions. Here in Hawaii we are fortunate that our libraries have well managed summer programs. There’s something to do everyday from now until the end of July at your public library. It’s a summer literally packed with fun and free activities sponsored by the Hawaii Public Library System. There will be crafts, art, music, theater, mystery adventures,storytelling, puppets, magic, science, games and prizes given away, and that’s not just for the kids! The Hawaii State Library system has an impressive reading program set up for teens and adults as well with classes being offered in dance, writing, computers, and cooking! Check out the schedule for the Hawaii State Public Libraries summer programs. Who needs an expensive summer program when you’ve got the library!?

And remember, it’s not easy offering these free services to the community so visit the ‘Friends of the Library of Hawaii’ 62nd Annual book sale starting this week June 20th through June 28th! All proceeds go to our public libraries and keeping them open for all to enjoy.


Happy Kamehameha Day!

June 11, 2009


In celebration of Kamehameha Day Native Books: Na Mea Hawaii is selling all books about Kamehameha the Great at 20% off for the entire month of June! Some favorites you might want to look at are Kamehameha the Warrior King of Hawaii by Susan Morrison and Breaking the Blood: Kamehameha Moves the Naha Stone by David Kawika Eyre.

It’s hard to read about Hawaii’s first king as just a man. Stories of his strength and determination have become legends in Hawaii. My favorite is about the Naha Stone, and how Kamehameha, despite being born of different blood, was able to move the giant rock. It’s a hero tale like those of King Arthur, and in fact they’re so strikingly similar that it’s almost eerie. Either way, reading up on Kamehameha the Great is a good experience for people of all ages and interests. Check out this article on examiner.com for more info and links regarding the Naha Stone and legends of Kamehameha the First.


Book deals straight from the publisher!

June 5, 2009

If there’s anything we love more than books here at HBB, it’s books on sale! And you don’t necessarily have to lurke around used book stores or wait for the Friends of the Library of Hawaii annual booksale to get a good deal. No, sometimes you can get brand new books at discounted prices straight from the publishers.  You just gotta check their websites often for overstock or sale announcements. But no worries, HBB is always on the prowl so we can give you the low down on great bargains.

We mentioned earlier that Bess Press is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary with a whole list of it’s popular titles on sale starting at just a dollar!

And now, University of Hawaii Press is having a summer sale with FREE shipping! It’s the perfect opportunity for mainland locals and Hawaiians at heart to purchase books. Bubt it gets even better from now until Jun 8th not only will they ship your books for free but you also get 30% off.  Check it out here!

Want some recommendations? Try, An Offering of Rice by Mavis Hara or The Legend of La’ieikawai by Dietrich Varez. Wanna grab something for the kids? I really like Maui Goes Fishing by Julie Stewart Williams and illus. by Robin Yoko Burningham–beautiful illustrations and a well told story that the keiki will enjoy.

There was also a post on UH Press’s book blog that they will be having a sale 40% off their books in July! But sadly no free shipping….


Save the dates… for Honolulu’s biggest book sale and your chance to help Hawaii’s public libraries!

June 3, 2009

boookscopyWrite it in your calendar now, before you forget!

Block off June 20th through June 28th as “BOOKED” because that’s what you’ll be.  Yep, it’s that time of year again! Time for the annual book sale hosted by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii. Nine whole days of book rummaging, great deals and literary steals, all for a good cause. This annual fundraising event is a must go for any book lover. Check out HBB’s recap from last year here.

This years sale is especially important; with the state budget deficit and impending library closures it is imperitive that funds be raised and circulated into our public library system. Hawaii State Public Libraries host many free programs and events in the community so spread the word folks, let’s keep our libraries open– buy books!

Event Information

Jun 2oth–Jun 28th

McKinley Highschool Cafeteria

Check out their website for a schedule/ hours of operation. You can also make donations or fill out memberiship and volunteer applications.


Hawaii Book & Music Festival is this weekend!

May 11, 2009


One of Hawaii’s biggest book events is happening this weekend! You’d recognize it if you drove by the civic grounds near Honolulu Hale. Dozens of tents, stages, seating and eating areas overwhelm the parkway. It’ll be a star studded event all in celebration of the unique role that books and music play in local and international cultures. Since it’s humble beginning, the festivals purpose was not only to help Hawaii’s authors, publishers and books gain exposure, but to provide a fun environment that encourages reading and sharing ideas. Although it’s only the 4th Annual Festival since it’s inception in 2006, this event gets bigger and bigger every year drawing in more celebrities and bestselling authors along the way. Terry Brooks will be making a keynote appearance, as well as Hawaii native Lois-Ann Yamanaka (we recently blogged about here)  who has garnered critical acclaim for her novels, most of which are inspired by her life and experiences growing up in the islands. There’s something for everyone with live music, storytelling, author interviews and signings—a whole weekend of literary fun. For a complete list and schedule of authors, concerts and stage performances visit the festival website at www.hawaiibookandmusicfestival.org.
No book festival is complete without proper attention to the importance of children’s literature. Local and national companies donate thousands of dollars and employee volunteers to create one of the largest and most interactive keiki fun sections. Stage presentations, play areas, arts and crafts, and reading stations all designed to show kids how great reading can be and give parents some free time to peruse the thousands of books for sale. Not only will there be overstock books at publishers’ displays (like Bess Press) and exhibits, but Bank of Hawaii is also hosting a book swap. The best part is that all proceeds go to non-profit organizations that promote literacy in the community. The festival is set up so that you can walk around, eat, sit down anywhere, read, make connections and talk story. No other event offers such leisurely book browsing and entertainment–this year promises to be even better than the last!

Event Information:

4th Annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival: A Celebration of Story and Song

Sat. & Sun, May 16th & 17th

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Civic Grounds, Downtown Honolulu

FREE event, with free parking!