We hope you are keeping healthy during these uncertain times. The global corona virus pandemic is creating a lot of disruption to social gatherings and normal business operations. This momentary pause is now extending to our public libraries and the Friends.
- The FLH BOOKS @ Marks bookstore and the Arts at Marks Garage gallery will be closed Aug. 27 – Sep. 23
- The FLH warehouse will be closed to volunteers Aug. 27 – Sep. 23
- We are not accepting donations during the period of Aug. 27 – Sep. 23
- The 73rd Annual Booksale has been canceled.
- Available now – FLH has books available for sale online!
- All Hawai‘i Public Libraries are still Closed – but they do offer select services
- Library Takeout Book Pickup & Drop Off
- Check out their online resources! Click on the “Browse” or “Learn” tabs.
- All public library Bookstores are closed.
- Any scheduled Friends booksale or other events on library property have been postponed.
- All public libraries have suspended acceptance of donated material.
- All physical programs and events will be cancelled at all 51 locations.
- Virtual Programs are happening now!
- All external meetings scheduled in Library meeting rooms will be cancelled or rescheduled.
- Bookmobile Services will be limited.
- All email notifications are turned off right now. Notifications will resume once they reopen.
- To reduce exposure, HSPLS is following best sanitation practices for workplaces.
- Please visit the HSPLS website for more information.
We have identified a 13,000+ SF facility suitable for our operations. We need your help to reach our goal! Help us continue to support public library programs and continue to provide affordable books to our community!
What do we do?
- More than 75 volunteers give their time year-round to process 750,000+ donations and store 150+ pallets of books & media for our sales in our warehouse.
- Our sales raise 50% of our revenues for Hawai‘iʻs 51 public libraries.
- The 8,000 SF warehouse that we currently rent is bursting at the seams!
- Industrial warehouse space in Honolulu is quickly disappearing and the time is now to secure a location for a stable future.
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Kualapuʻu, Hawaiʻi – Hawai‘i’s first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, together with state and non-profit partners, has launched the ʻOhana Readers program on Molokaʻi on October 19, 2019. ʻOhana Readers is a literacy program that focuses on reading with family.
The program will offer high-quality, age-appropriate Imagination Library books each month to children on Moloka‘i who are four years old and younger. Children who register for the program will receive one book each month via the U.S. Postal Service beginning approximately eight to ten weeks after their registration form has been submitted. The program operates through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and is free of charge.
The program is made possible through a collaborative partnership between the Office of the Governor, the State Department of Human Services (DHS), the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System, Rep. Lynn DeCoite, and nonprofit partners The Dollywood Foundation, Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i, Learning to Grow, and Read to Me International.
Watch the Hawaii News Now interview about Molokai’s Imagination Library Project.
The Hawai‘i State Public Library System is encouraging families to register for the ‘Ohana Readers program. The Moloka‘i Public Library will also offer programs that complement the books the children receive, and will provide other activities to promote literacy and reading.
“Research shows that children are ready to learn in their earliest years, and this program provides no-cost opportunities for learning from birth through age four. ʻOhana Readers encourages family read-aloud time, an activity that increases the vocabulary and language skills of our children and contributes to their growing knowledge of the world,” said Amano-Ige.
“This program encourages the youngest members of our community to develop a love of reading that will be important throughout their entire lives. TheHawai‘i State Public Library System is very excited to partner with theʻOhana Readers program by being a place for families to sign up their little ones for story times at the Molokai Public Library to complement the books being mailed out,” said State Librarian Stacey Aldrich.
“It truly takes an ‘ohana for children to thrive. This collaboration is aligned with our foundational vision; that the people of Hawai‘i are thriving. We know that early literacy builds a strong foundation for life-long learning. Family bonding and the ability to explore new worlds and ideas through literature is something all families should be afforded. DHS is proud to be a partner in this community driven effort,” said DHS Director Pankaj Bhanot.
“Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i is pleased to be part of a program that helps build a life-long love of reading at home with family,” said Nainoa Mau, executive director of Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i.
“Reading with our keiki is one of the best things we can do with them, and it’s something the whole family can be a part of. I am so happy that we are able to bring ‘Ohana Readers to Moloka‘i so our community can showcase this program to the rest of the state,” said Rep. Lynn DeCoite.
Amano-Ige said Molokaʻi serves as the pilot program for ʻOhana Readers and she hopes to further expand this program to other communities throughout the state.
The Molokaʻi program is funded throughWindward Community College’s Learning to Grow (LTG) project in partnership with the Hawai‘i State Department of Human Services through monies from the Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant.
For more information about the ʻOhana Readers program contact Caroline Adolpho, Moloka‘i administrator at (808) 567-9050 during office hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org.