Library News and Much More!

October 7, 2019
by Eileen Sakamoto

Oc-THRILL-ber Library Displays

Stephen King: King of Horror

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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
 -Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King is a prolific writer of many short stories and books such as The Shining, IT, Carrie, Misery, The Green Mile, and Shawshank Redemption. His stories have enthralled us with mystery, horror, imagination and magic! Many have been turned into films and television series, including the forthcoming The Stand.

Leeward Library’s OverDrive Collection [New Window] offers two new e-books, The Institute and The Stand, that you can read via your mobile device. 

Gothic Horror Fiction Reads

Gothic Horror Fiction: Classic and Contemporary Novels

Located near the Reference Desk on the Library’s upper level is a display of print and e-book titles, including QR (quick response) codes to access these titles through their Hawaiʻi Voyager records.

From Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto published in 1764 to Richard Matheson’s 1954 classic I am Legend to Emily Carroll’s 2014 graphic novel Through the Woods, readers have appreciated a little scare, shock, and suspense for centuries.

Come visit our Oc-THRILL-ber displays that will be up through the month of October.  


Oc-THRILL-ber on OverDrive

October 7, 2019 by Jason Yamashita | 0 comments

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Your mobile NIGHTMARE begins on OverDrive!

In October, visit OverDrive’s [New Window] Oc-THRILL-ber special collection of thrillers, mysteries, horror, and a few zombies.

Did you hear? Coming soon to OverDrive…

Audiobooks on OverDrive

Your audiobook suggestions are appreciated. Please fill out our Best Sellers & OverDrive Suggestion Form [New Window].

New OverDrive Titles

Click on the book’s image to access the e-book’s Hawaiʻi Voyager catalog record. In the record’s “Holdings Information,” the provided link will direct you to borrowing the e-book in OverDrive.

The Institute book cover The Stand book cover Facing the Spears of Change book cover


New Flipster Magazines

September 30, 2019 by Cheryl Urasaki | 1 Comment

Need a break from your hectic schedule?  Relax your body and rejuvenate your mind with a good (digital) magazine!

Did you know that Leeward CC students, faculty and staff have access to nearly 40 digital magazines via Flipster?  Enjoy your favorite titles from desktop or mobile, whether you’re on campus or on the go.  And the best part: no more back issues collecting dust in your house!

Check out our fresh batch of Flipster titles for fall.  If you are off campus, you may be prompted to log in with your UH username and password.

Real Simple cover imageArt Newspaper cover imageSimply Gluten Free cover imageNew York Review of Books cover imageSimply Vegan cover imageFlipster logo

Other popular titles include Consumer Reports, The New Yorker, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.  Visit Flipster to view all titles available.

Banned Books Week: Keep the Light On – September 22-28!

September 16, 2019 by Eileen Sakamoto | 0 comments

Banned Books Week – Keep the Light On – September 22 – 28

Ray Bradbury once commented, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture; just get people to stop reading them.” 

Leeward CC Library’s display “Keep the Light On” showcases books that have been banned or challenged.  These books will NOT be circulated during Banned Books Week. This is to reflect what it feels like to live in a society that has limited what we can or cannot read. The books will be available to borrow from September 30th.

As Salman Rushdie said, “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.” Please come visit our banned books display which will be unveiled on September 22nd. For more information on Banned/Challenged books please visit this site: Banned Books Week LibGuide [New Window].


NEW BOOKS: Best Sellers and OverDrive Collections – September 2019

September 9, 2019 by Jason Yamashita | 0 comments

RELAX with a Best Seller!

The Best Sellers Collection [New Window] is on the library’s main level and features a rotating selection of bestselling fiction and non-fiction print books from popular authors on a three-week borrowing period.

New Best Seller Titles

Click on the book’s image to place a hold on it in our Voyager catalog. For instructions on placing a hold on a library item, click here [New Window].

The Poet X book cover The Lost Girls of Paris The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls book cover The Silence of the Girls book cover Time's Convert book cover Lost Children Archive book cover Unsheltered book cover The Ruin of Kings book cover My Sister, the Serial Killer book cover Evvie Drake Starts Over book cover

Your mobile ADVENTURE begins on OverDrive!

The OverDrive Collection [New Window] contains digital general interest non-fiction and fiction titles along with titles supporting Leeward classes. Use the “New Additions” sub-collection [New Window] to review all titles available.  These e-books have a two-week loan period.

New OverDrive Titles

Click on the book’s image to access the e-book’s Voyager catalog record. In the record’s “Holdings Information,” the provided link will direct you to borrowing the e-book in OverDrive.

The Testaments book cover The Uninhabitable Earth book cover Finding Meaning: Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature book cover Hoʻi Hou Ka Mauli Ola book cover Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story book cover Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance book cover Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion book cover Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat book cover 21 Lessons for the 21st Century book cover Undo It! book cover Ducks, Newburyport book cover When - The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing book cover One of Us is Lying book cover Shortest Way Home Digital Minimalism book cover The Yellow House book cover Boys Will Be Boys book cover An American Summer book cover

Is there a book you’d like us to get?

We welcome your suggestions…Please fill out our Best Sellers & OverDrive Suggestion Form [New Window].


August 26, 2019
by Wayde Oshiro

Welcome to Fall 2019 from the Library!

The Library was very busy over the summer working on several projects with the aim of improving our physical collections, electronic resources, spaces, and services for our students, faculty, and staff. The most notable changes this semester are:

  • Hawaiian-Pacific Collections, 2nd & 3rd-floors – The collections are now split between a reference (library-use only) collection and a circulating collection. The H-P Reference collection is housed in the Library’s Kapunawai Room, Learning Commons, 2nd-floor, main level, while the H-P (circulating) collection is upstairs. This change was prompted by confusion about the locations of books available for loan and those that are for library use only.
  • Juvenile Collection, 2nd-floor – The Juvenile collection was moved to the 2nd-floor, main level, adjacent to the Best Sellers and ESL collections.
  • Reference Collection, 3rd-floor – The Reference collection was downsized. Outdated titles were removed while some titles were relocated to the General collection.
  • Current Periodicals Collection, 3rd-floor & online – New titles were added to the Flipster online magazine collection and some print and electronic titles were canceled due to low usage.
    • Canceled (print)
      • Cooks’ Illustrated
      • Fine Cooking
      • Journal of College Science Teaching
      • Make: Technology on Your Time (suspended by publisher)
      • National Wildlife
      • Sky & Telescope
      • Teaching English in the Two Year College
      • Utne Reader
    • Canceled (Flipster)
      • Astronomy
      • Mac Life
      • Vanity Fair
      • W Magazine
      • Writer’s Digest
    • New titles (Flipster)
      • The Art Newspaper
      • New York Review of Books (available 10/1/19)
      • Real Simple (available 10/1/19)
      • Simply Gluten Free (available 10/1/19)
      • Simply Vegan (available 10/1/19)
  • Microfilm Collection, 3rd-floor – The Microfilm collection (yes, we still have one) was downsized to focus on local publications such as the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. See our Periodicals List  for titles and date coverage. Gaps in coverage are due to a persistent problem with “vinegar syndrome” which affects acetate-based film. If you want to find local newspaper articles before the mid-’90s or early ’00s, microfilm is still the way to go since the newspapers haven’t been digitized. We also have a new digital microfilm scanner to assist you in your historical research.
  • Online Databases – We monitor usage stats for our electronic resources and use this information in our renewal decisions. Due to low usage, the following databases were discontinued.
  • New Space for Students, 3rd-floor – Yes, we made more space for students upstairs! How did we do this? The collection changes that I described above along with the continued growth of our e-book and e-journal collections and online research databases results in fewer print books being purchased each year. As time progresses, some existing print titles become outdated and are weeded during our annual reviews. This summer, with the assistance of O&M, we removed a range of shelving near the Reference Desk, 3rd-floor. We’ve rearranged the furniture just a bit for now, but we are exploring ways to make the best use of the additional space we’ve created.  Let us know if you have any ideas!
  • New Online Appointment Scheduler  – We are piloting a new online booking system to make an appointment with a librarian. You or your students can book appointments with a librarian from our calendar at  The link can also be found by going to and clicking Ask A Librarian. Online booking availability is limited during this testing phase. You can also book an appointment with a librarian the traditional way in-person, by phone, or by email. The innovation with our new online appointment scheduler is to offer students a way to book appointments in advance with a librarian.

I welcome your comments and questions on any of the changes I’ve outlined above. More changes are coming to the Library in the near future, but I’ll save that for another post. Until then, have a wonderful Fall semester. The Library is ready to serve Leeward’s students, faculty, and staff in 2019-20!

Let the Fall E-Book Reading Begin!

August 25, 2019 by Jason Yamashita | 0 comments

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New electronic book titles have been added to the OverDrive database [New Window].

Just a few reasons to try an e-book on OverDrive:

  • Downloadable ebooks for viewing on tablets, smartphones, e-readers, and desktops
  • Online and offline viewing modes
  • Supported formats include Kindle Books, OverDrive Read, and EPUB eBook
  • Two-week loan period. No late returns, no overdue fines, ever!

If you are interested in a title below, click on the book cover image to access the e-book’s Hawaiʻi Voyager catalog record. In the record’s “Holdings Information,” the provided link will direct you to borrowing the e-book in OverDrive [New Window].

Three Women book cover Ironopolis book cover The Five book cover
The Source of Self-Regard book cover Thirteen Reasons Why book cover Nā Wāhine Koa book cover
Existentialism From Dostoevsky To Sartre book cover Kokoro book cover The Stranger book cover


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