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September 16, 2014
by Carina Chernisky

Upcoming Event: Banned Books Week 2014!

BBW2014 commences next week (9/21-9/27). If you haven’t heard of BBW, it’s an initiative started in 1982 to celebrate our freedom to read and to raise awareness about the ongoing attempts to censor what is available in libraries.

1239007_552795068091079_1828282218_nMore about Banned/Challenged Books
-A list of banned/challenged “classics” and the reasons for each challenge
BBW @ Leeward CC Library

We’ll be showcasing dozens of books from our collection that have been challenged/banned throughout the world. We hope you’ll stop by to check it out. Here’s a look at our display from last year.

September 12, 2014
by Carina Chernisky

Introducing Manuheleku…

leewardLIBRARYheader-p9gywqPenguins in Hawaii are not as rare as you might think! In addition to the Honolulu Zoo and Sea Life Park, penguins can be found at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Hyatt Maui Regency. Though penguins are not native to Hawaii, they certainly add a special “something” to their surroundings and bring joy to all humans that encounter them.

Now, more about Manuheleku! Raised in Antarctica, Manuheleku left when he was offered a job at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Once he got here, he found the work dull and uninspiring. After calling in late one-too-many times (he loves to surf!), Manuheleku was fired. Hoping to find a new path that stimulated and fulfilled him, Manuheleku enrolled at Leeward CC. He’s learned a lot in these first weeks of the semester, so look for his upcoming “Pearls of Wisdom“.

If you like penguins, you might enjoy some of these books offered at our Library.

September 11, 2014
by waydeo

What’s happening @ your library

Eat & Drink Smart @ your library


Leeward Community College Library has a new food policy to protect our collections, computers and brand-new furniture. Individual-sized dry snacks, as well as covered drinks are welcome in most areas of the library.  The Instruction and Reference Rooms are restricted food and drink zones. For more details, see our Food and Drink Policy.  

New Quiet Study areas availableRRR

Quiet study areas are designated on the Diamond Head side of the General Collection on the 3rd floor and in the Reference Room, 2nd floor.  If your students need a place to focus on studying or completing an assignment these areas would be perfect for them. The library created these Quiet Study areas in response to feedback from our Spring survey.

Got art?  Yes, we do!

Come and see new art from the Art in Public Spaces Program in the Library & Learning Common’s building, 2nd and 3rd floors.  The program “cultivate(s) the public’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of visual arts in all media, styles and techniques” and makes artworks available for display in state public buildings.

Reiko Brandon artwork

We have sculptures from Esther Shimizu and Shigeru Miyamoto; abstract paintings from John Kjargaard, Zoltan Szabo, Glenn Yamanoha, and Barbara Okamoto to name just a few. 

More art from the foundation will be coming to the library soon, including a large 3-D fiber art piece by Reiko Brandon called “Blooming in Shadow” which will be featured on the 3rd floor.  For more information about the new art, please contact Eileen Sakamoto at 455-0678.  

September 10, 2014
by junie

New Collection – Interactive Books

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The Library has added a new collection of Interactive eBooks for ESL and ELI students.  Emergent readers can follow along as the text is read aloud. These Interactive eBooks can be used by multiple students at the same time, and can be accessed 24/7 from internet connected computers and mobile devices, including Android and IOS devices. The free iPad app allows for offline reading. Please check out the demo:

A password is required for use to the full service. Please contact a Librarian for further information.

September 3, 2014
by Ralph Toyama

Education Database Trials

We’re trying out several research databases this month that educators and education students might find useful. Please try them out, and let us know what you think about them. We have a feedback form you can fill out, or you can contact a librarian.

These databases are:

Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson)
Providing full text, indexing and abstracts for hundreds of periodicals, books and yearbooks, this database covers a broad range of subjects pertaining to education and is invaluable for education students, professionals and policy makers. More details.
Education Research Complete
This database provides information for professional development and for educators and administrators. This massive file offers a robust collection of full-text education journals. It is a bibliographic and full-text database covering scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education. More details.
Education Source
Developed from a merger of high-quality databases from EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson, and including many unique sources that were never previously available, this database covers scholarly research and information to meet the needs of education students, professionals and policy makers. More details.

August 27, 2014
by Carina Chernisky

Did You Know…about our Juvenile Collection?

Juvenile CollectionAre you aware that the Leeward CC has a healthy Juvenile Collection? These books are typically used by Leeward CC students that are training to be teachers, but are also available for you to borrow! Spread a love for reading to the keiki in your life!

The collection includes some old classics like “The Giving Tree”, some newer favorites like the “Fly Guy” series, and lots of Hawaiian-themed books. We hope you utilize the offerings!

August 22, 2014
by Carina Chernisky

Student Spotlight: Sonny Sanchez

10320259_572515189529096_5524503656771064363_nMeet Sonny Sanchez, the brilliant designer of our blog’s header. Sonny has been a student at Leeward CC since the Summer of 2012 and will be receiving his Associate’s in Digital Media at the end of the Fall 2014 semester. Following his graduation from Leeward CC, Sonny plans to continue taking Digital Media classes at UHWO. Though he’s sad to leave Leeward CC, which he refers to as “LCC, Life Changing College”, Sonny is excited for the future.

And it looks like Sonny will have quite the future! At his young age, he has already started a clothing line (Bad Accents Clothing) featuring characters he has created. He aspires to have a physical retail location that showcases a more diverse collection of products…and that doubles as a safe place where anyone can come to learn how to draw, free of charge but full of inspiration! Take a look at all that he’s accomplished, and be sure to show your support!


August 21, 2014
by Carina Chernisky


KiMOBEAN DiscountStarting Monday, August 25, 2014, KiMOBEAN will be offering all Leeward CC faculty/staff a 10% discount on all orders. Fac/staff must show their Leeward CC ID card to redeem this offer.

KiMOBEAN Hours — Fall 2014

M-Th = 7:30 am – 7:00 pm
F = 7:30 am – 3:30 pm