Library News and Much More!

September 30, 2014

Reading Club

readingclubThe Library is proud to host the Reading Club, which meets every Wednesday from 1:15-2:15 in our Reference, Research, and Reading Room. Led by Tricia Tolentino, of UH Manoa’s Center on Disability Studies, the group is meant to be a safe place where students can discuss each week’s book and learn from one another. There will be no quizzes, fees, or grades. Snacks are offered and the book will be provided to attendees. If you think any of your students may benefit from such a group, please relay this information to them. The first meeting will begin tomorrow, October 1.

Space is limited, so contact Tricia at or (808)358-4858 to reserve your space!

September 29, 2014
by Wayde Oshiro

New Resource: History Video Collection

Nearly 2,600 streaming videos on historical topics are now available in our new Films on Demand Digital Educational Video collection. Producers include American Experience, BBC, Cambridge Educational, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Frontline, History Channel, Ken Burns, National Geographic, NBC News, NOVA, PBS, Empires, and The Open University.

Benefits of using Films on Demand History Collection videos in your courses:

In addition to the History Collection, we have a Careers & Job Search Collection to choose from.  Let us know if you are interested in additional subject collections by contacting your subject area librarian.

History Liaison:  Wayde Oshiro, x378 or

September 28, 2014
by Wayde Oshiro

Fall Finals Countdown, December 3-4

Building on the success of the Spring Finals Countdown, the Library and Learning Commons will hold the Fall version on December 3-4.  Here’s what students had to say about last semester’s event:

  • This is a very good idea and I think we should have it every semester. I definitely took advantage of this opportunity 
  • Pretty much just keep up the good work. 
  • If we could [h]ave more pizza and massages available for us students. Either than that it was great.
  • Share the word in advance
  • Let us know [m]ore in advance. This was a great service. Mahalo nui loa
  • More student participation and emailing students through the UH gmail accounts, but all together, it was good.
  • Thank you so much, it was a great event!
  • Over[all] really appreciated the opportunity to come till 10. Thank you.
  • Overall it was really helpful and i would attend again if my professer was offering it.


What is the Finals Countdown?  A two-day event in the Library and Learning Commons which gives students an opportunity to access academic services, faculty support, and study spaces as they prepare for the end of the semester and finals.  

The Finals Countdown will include:

  • Extended study hours;
  • faculty-led study sessions;
  • mini-workshops;
  • research help;
  • de-stress activities;
  • food and much more…

We’re looking for partners interested in planning the event and organizing activities and workshops for students. Student groups are welcome to participate.  Group study rooms and spaces will be made available to faculty holding study sessions.  Reserving space for study sessions is recommended.

Please help us make this an even better event the second time around.  Contact me at or x378 if you have questions or are ready to lend your support!

September 23, 2014

Banned Books Week 2014 is upon us…

Do your part to defend your freedom to read. Educate yourself on the issues and remain aware. Censorship affects all of us!

Make sure to join us in the Library’s RRR Room at noon every day this week for short readings from the talented members of our Theater Department. Reyn Afaga read an excerpt from “Tropic of Cancer” yesterday, and it was an incredibly lively and engaging performance. You can watch his reading here (part 1) and here (part 2).

-Here’s a short clip of Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants, one of the most challenged books in the past couple years, discussing the topic of book banning.

-If you enjoy comics, read this interesting article about comics and their role in Banned Books Week.

September 16, 2014

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

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 Wayde Oshiro

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.
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