Library News and Much More!

November 6, 2017
by An Hollowell

Discovery Fair 2017

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The library staff hosted a free book fair, make and take craft tables, and story time in the Kapunawai at the Discovery Fair this past weekend.  Children (& adults!) made Pikachu and monster bookmarks and yarn wreath Christmas ornaments.

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This year, Pikachu was a hit!

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Many thanks to all who volunteered!

September 24, 2017
by An Hollowell

Banned Books Week (September 24-30)

Photo of Banned Books Week Display

Library Staff:  What would you do if I told you that you could not read your favorite book because it is banned?

Student:  I will fight you!

This week is Banned Books Week!  Each year, libraries across the country celebrate Banned Books Week to promote awareness on our freedom to read which is protected by the 1st Amendment of our U.S. Constitution.

The circulation staff created book displays and a Library Learning Series:  Banned Books session (hosted by Natalie Wahl, Instruction Librarian) was held in the Kapunawai last week.

Books selected for the displays were labeled with quotes of reasons why the books were challenged.  A few passersby who briefly glanced at the displays were compelled to walk to the circulation counter to ask why their favorite books were banned.  The staff explained that the books were not banned and asked, “what if they were?”.  It was amazing to hear their passionate responses!

Come by and check out our displays!  The circulation desk staff will be prepared for any comments and discussions!

For more information about Banned Books Week and viewing lists of frequently challenged titles, go to

June 29, 2015
by junie

Free Textbooks from OpenStax!


Want to learn about free textbooks and resources developed and peer-reviewed by educators? Join us for a special webinar and discussion on Open Educational Resources (OER) presented by the Faculty Mentoring Program at Outreach College and OpenStax College.

OpenStax College is a leader in developing no-cost quality, peer-reviewed learning materials for higher education.   The presenter will be Nicole Finkbeiner, Associate Director, Institutional Relations at OpenStax College, Rice University.  Sara Rutter, Open Educational Resources Librarian, Outreach College will host a discussion following the presentation. The library and EMC staff will also be on hand to answer your questions about getting started with OER for your classes.

  • Date and Time: Friday, July 10, 2015, 12 noon until 1:15 pm
  • Location: Leeward Community College, LC 108A (located on the first floor of the Learning Commons Building in EMC)
  • Registration: Please email or call 455-0680 to reserve a space

Watch a short video about OpenStax

Explore OpenStax College algebra, biology, chemistry, economics, physics, sociology, statistics textbooks

April 27, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro

Countdown to Finals starts Wed at 1 PM


What is the Finals Countdown?

  • Two days of sessions and workshops in the Library and Learning Commons to help prepare students for end of semester deadlines and finals. 
  • Exam review sessions in subjects such as biology, chemistry, English, history, ICS, Japanese, math, religion, and Spanish.   Full schedule here
  • Writing Center workshops to help students put the final touches on their final papers and to prepare for essay exams.  Seats still available!   Full schedule here
  • Are your students stressed out?  Staff from Mental Health America of Hawaii will be on hand to offer tips for handling stress.  Free stress balls while supplies last.
  • 1-5 PM:  Fully stocked snack bar on the 2nd floor.
  • 5-8 PM:  Games, prizes, and survival kits on the 2nd floor provided by the Student Activities Board.

When is the Finals Countdown?

  • April 29-30 starting at 1 PM
  • Games and prize drawings begin at 5 PM
  • Learning Commons open until 9 PM

How can my students participate?

  • Tell your students to visit the Library and Learning Commons on Wednesday and Thursday from 1 PM until closing.  
  • Remind them to bring their valid Leeward CC student I.D. card* as it is required to partake in snacks and to participate in the games and prize drawings.

The Finals Countdown is organized by the Library, Learning Resource Center, and Writing Center in partnership with the Student Activities Board. Funded by the student government Budget & Finance Committee and the Library.

*Food and prizes are restricted to current Leeward CC students with valid student ID.

Click here or call x378 for more info.

April 21, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Earth Week at Leeward CC Library

IMG_5668Join us as we honor Mother Earth. In addition to this bright and beautiful display, we will be showing a different earth-themed movie each day at noon!

Tuesday: An Inconvenient Truth
Former V.P. Al Gore explains global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warming have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause.

Wednesday: Planet Earth (Disc 5 – “The Future”)
Rare action, impossible locations, and intimate moments with our planet’s best-loved, wildest, and most elusive creatures.

Thursday: No Impact Man
A writer decides on a grand experiment: to live one year with as little impact on the environment as possible.

IMG_5670Lastly, join us on Wednesday for our first “Seed Share” Social. Organized by Natalie Kahn, Tara Rojas, and Daniela Elliott, there will be a table on the Library concourse from 10-2. Stop by and see what they’ve been working on!

These new collections of FREE SEEDS have been prepared for Leeward CC student, staff, faculty, and community patrons! The seeds, which include heirloom red okra, cilantro, kabocha, Roselle hibiscus (for tea), Pigeon peas, Parda beans, and Hawaiian chili pepper, have all been propagated here on campus, and are ideal for planting in our area this time of year.
Our hope is that the Seed Share collaboration between the library, campus agriculture, and class curriculum will inspire and enable our Leeward Ohana to grow food locally and share seeds and information with others to support a more sustainable food system.
To learn about seed saving, go to

April 14, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

National Library Week


This week!
1. If you currently have any overdue books in your possession, we will forgive $1 of your fine for each canned good you bring in. Canned goods will be donated to the Hawaii Food Bank Drive.
2. Vote! We have a selection of 21 Bestseller books. Vote on your favorite. We will add the top 5 to our collection! The selections can be found near the 2nd floor Circulation Desk.

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April 14, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro

Counting down to the Finals Countdown, April 29 & 30

stop watchThe end of the semester is fast approaching which means it’s time for another Finals Countdown.

Faculty, this is the time to reserve your spot to hold a review session or office hours in the Library and Learning Commons.  This semester we are offering earlier time slots with sessions starting as early as 1 PM and as late as 7:30 PM.

Click here to reserve your space.  Respond early for best locations and times.

As an incentive, faculty providing review sessions or office hours in the Learning Commons will receive a free KiMOBEAN drink voucher courtesy of the Library.

Help prepare your students for finals by signing up for the Finals Countdown today!

Reservation form:

To learn more about the Finals Countdown go to

April 6, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro

Community Libraries Day this Sunday

mall_libraryJoin the Hawaiian-Pacific Chapter of the Special Libraries Association and the Leeward CC Library in kicking off National Library Week (April 12-17) at Community Libraries Day on Sunday, April 12 at McCarthy Mall, UH Manoa campus.  From 10 AM – 3 PM twenty libraries, archives, educational institutions, and professional organizations will showcase their innovative programs, digital initiatives, and outreach services at this event.

Tours of the Law Library, Hamilton Library Preservation Department (Kahili Preservation Project), and the Library & Information Library Program are scheduled.  Activities, games, prize drawings, food, and entertainment will be available.  Check out our children’s book fair and used book/CD/DVD sale, too.  Ono food available from Da Spot and Uahi Island Grill.

Libraries are evolving and thriving in this digital age.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to discover the many contributions libraries and librarians make throughout our community.  This is a chance for you and your students to learn what it takes to become an information professional during the LIS Program info sessions and tours.  It takes more than knowing how to shelve books!

Free admission and parking.  For a complete list of participating organizations and the event program go to

For more info contact Wayde Oshiro, x378.

Community Libraries Day Handout capture

March 27, 2015
by junie

Service: When Women Come Marching Home

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Library and Veterans Resource Center will feature a documentary that portrays the courage of several women veterans as they transition from active duty to their civilian lives. From the deserts of Afghanistan to rural Tennessee, from Iraq to New York City, we watch these women wrestle with prosthetics, homelessness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma.

We will also have a special guest speaker who will share her personal experience as a veteran.

Please come and spend your lunch with us. A light lunch and refreshments will be served!

Date: TUESDAY, March 31, 2015

Time: 12 noon – 2:00 pm

Place: GT-105.

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