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50 Acts of Service: Halloween Spooky Fun House

October 3, 2018 by An | 0 comments

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Have you heard about Leeward Community College’s 50 Acts of Service project? In honor of our 50th anniversary, we aim to complete 50 acts of service during the 2018-2019 academic year! Please consider volunteering for an event to support this project and most importantly, our community!

Upcoming service opportunity: The City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting Halloween Spooky Fun House at Kalākaua District Park Thursday, October 25th. This event is geared towards children ages 12 and under. We are looking for volunteers to help with:

  • Costume contest
  • Make and take crafts
  • Passing out candy
  • Event breakdown

While this event is open for anyone to volunteer, event organizers strongly encourage student volunteers! Please pass this along to anyone you think would be interested!

Date: Thursday, October 25
Location: Kalākaua District Park
720 McNeill St
Honolulu, HI 96817
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (volunteer orientation at 4:00 p.m.)
RSVP: An Hollowell (x301 or
by Wednesday, October 17


Banned Books Week Continues on OverDrive

October 1, 2018 by Jason Yamashita | 0 comments

Last week was the national Banned Books Week [New Window]. There’s still time to FREE a banned book from our library displays of books featuring titles that have been challenged for withdrawal in libraries across the country. Or, for your convenience, below are challenged titles available as e-books through the OverDrive database [New Window].

Book cover of 1984 Book cover of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book cover of Annie on My Mind Cover of The Color Purple Book cover of The Handmaid's Tale Book cover of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book cover of The Lord of the Rings Book cover of The Namesake Book cover of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Book cover of An Abundance of Katherines Book cover of Paper Towns

Please note: Clicking on an image above will take you to 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].

Resources for Banned Books Week

September 25, 2018 by Cheryl Urasaki | 0 comments

Cartoon of Mark Twain complaining about censorship of Huck Finn

Source: “Editing the Classics: Censoring ‘Huck Finn’.” Issues & Controversies, Infobase Learning, Accessed 25 Sept. 2018.

Happy Banned Books Week!  If you’re looking for resources related to book banning/censorship, the library’s current events databases are a great place to start.  Here’s a sampling of what you can find!

Editing the Classics: Should classic works of literature be edited to make them less offensive? [New Window]

Screenshot of Issues & Controversies topic page

Book Banning topic page [New Window]

Screenshot of Opposing Viewpoints in Context topic page

Banning Books: An Overview [New Window]

Screenshot of Points of View Reference Center topic

Can’t get enough?  See our list of databases related to current events [New Window].  If you need assistance, please contact the Reference Desk at or (808) 455-0379.  We are always happy to help!

FREE a Banned Book: September 24-28!

September 18, 2018 by Jason Yamashita | 0 comments

Leeward Library Banned Books Week 2018 Logo

What is Banned Books Week? [New Window]

Libraries are not immune from the pervasiveness of censorship.

In 1976, Steven Pico was one of five high school students who sued their school district for banning 11 books in their schools. The students claimed this violated their 1st Amendment rights. After six years, the Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982) Supreme Court case ruled that a school board should not be able to remove books because they did not approve of the books’ contents.

Inspired by this court ruling, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) displayed about 500 challenged books in padlocked metal cages at the 1982 BookExpo America trade show in Anaheim, California.

After the success of this display, ABA, the Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the National Association of College Stores launched The Banned Books Week initiative to promote awareness and engagement. The initiative took off and here we are today, celebrating Banned Books Week during the last week of September!

Learning Commons Banned Books Display

Join the many libraries across the country honoring intellectual freedom and your constitutional right to the written word. Please visit the Leeward Library’s displays on the lower and upper levels to bear witness to a selection of books that people around the world have requested removal from libraries. These books have been bound and labeled with a word, phrase, or quote showcasing reasons why they were challenged.

Have you read any of these books?

What do you think about the reasons why they were challenged?

How would you feel if your library banned a particular title?

We welcome you to explore your freedom to read and “FREE” a banned book by borrowing any of these titles. Books on display may be taken to the Circulation Desk and freed from their binding. Please see the Circulation Desk if interested in freeing a book from the enclosed display case at the library’s main entrance.

If you would like more information about Banned Books Week, protecting your freedom to read, and censorship, go to [New Window] and [New Window].

We DARE you to read a banned book!

 ~  Banned Books Week, September 24-28  ~


Annual School Supply Drive for Homeless Keiki – Mahalo!

July 17, 2018 by An | 0 comments

2018 Annual School Supply Drive

Mahalo for your generous donations to the Annual School Supply Drive [New Window] ! The drive ended Monday, July 16th.

Donations will be delivered to the Aloha United Way office where volunteers will pack school supply kits to be distributed by the Department of Education. Click here to volunteer for Hawaii Cares School Supplies Packing Day [New Window], Saturday, July 28th, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

ONE WEEK LEFT: Annual School Supply Drive for Homeless Keiki

July 9, 2018 by An | 0 comments

AUW School Supply Drive

Mahalo to those who have dropped off donations for the Annual School Supply Drive [New Window] for homeless keiki! There’s still time to donate! The drive ends Monday, July 16th.

The top ten school supplies needed are:

  1. Backpacks
  2. Calculators
  3. Crayons
  4. Colored markers
  5. Colored pencils
  6. Pencils
  7. Pens
  8. Pencil kits
  9. Sharpies
  10. Highlighters

View the full list of suggested items here [New Window].

If you have any questions, please contact An Hollowell ( or x301).

Annual School Supply Drive for Homeless Keiki

July 3, 2018 by An | 0 comments

2018 Annual School Supplies Drive

On behalf of Aloha United Way’s Hawaiʻi Cares group, Leeward CC Library will be collecting school supplies for the Annual School Supply Drive [New Window] for homeless keiki until Monday, July 16th. Our donation bin is located at the Learning Commons’ main entrance. There are only two weeks left to collect for the drive so let’s pull together and show everyone how amazing our Leeward CC community is!

The top ten school supplies needed are:

  1. Backpacks
  2. Calculators
  3. Crayons
  4. Colored markers
  5. Colored pencils
  6. Pencils
  7. Pens
  8. Pencil kits
  9. Sharpies
  10. Highlighters

View the full list of suggested items here [New Window].

If you have any questions, please contact An Hollowell ( or x301).

Finals Countdown – Happening Now!

April 24, 2018 by An | 0 comments

Library Services:

  • Extended Hours: April 23 – May 11
Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Activities in the Kapunawai Room
    • Monday – Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
      • Adult Coloring Books
      • Aromatherapy
      • Games & Puzzles
      • Snacks
    • Movie & Popcorn Night
      • Thursday, May 3: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

If you would like to hold a review session or office hours in the library April 23-May 11, please fill out this form [New Window] or contact Natalie Wahl ( or x673).

Services offered by The Writing Center:
Writing Center Flyer

For more information, visit our Finals Countdown page [New Window].

Library Student Focus Group : STUDENTS Lead Our Library!

April 16, 2018 by An | 0 comments

As part of our National Library Week 2018 celebration, the library staff hosted “STUDENTS Lead Our Library” Thursday, April 12th, 12:00 p.m. The purpose of this event was to gather live feedback from students on how to improve library services. Genesee Greco, library student worker, and An Hollowell, public services specialist, had a discussion with 8 student patrons who use the library regularly.


Overall, the students agreed that the library staff are easily approachable, put in their best effort to help, and are festive with the library displays. Library hours, computers, furniture, and study spaces were mentioned frequently during the discussion.

Library Hours

  • The students said they understood that we are a small campus/community college, not a 4-year university, and it was not necessary for us to have longer hours.
  • They were happy when we started extending hours until 8:00 p.m., Fall 2017. They said the 7:00 p.m. closings last year were too early.
  • We currently close at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. A few students suggested we extend our Friday hours until 6:00 p.m. to allow them to use and return our laptops during Friday evening classes.


  • There are not enough PC/Windows computers.
  • One student asked if we could add more Mac computers.
  • The students feel sorry for the seniors who have to stand at our public access stations and suggested that the whole section/wall be designated for public access.
  • All the students agreed we need another computer lab on campus.
  • One student suggested opening up the MathLab as a campus computer lab.

Furniture & Study Spaces

  • The students like the layout of the Learning Commons. The office-style desk space provides them room to spread out.
  • The computer carrels in the 3rd floor library area are too small and do not provide enough work space. They suggested we replace them with desks similar to the office-style computer stations in the Learning Commons.
  • There are not enough tables and work space.
  • We need more bean bag chairs throughout the library!

Participants were offered pizza at the end of the session.

If you would like to provide feedback on our library services, please fill out our library survey. Our survey ends Sunday, April 22nd.


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