Library News and Much More!

September 11, 2017
by An Hollowell
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Student Wish List for the Library

Student Library Wish List

Last week, the circulation staff put out an interactive white board asking patrons to write suggestions to improve the library.  We have received some interesting–but useful–suggestions!  Currently, the top 3 needs are:

  1. More study spaces/tables
  2. More computers
  3. More food options

We appreciate the patrons’ enthusiasm in participating and will consider their suggestions.  The board is still on display waiting to be filled with more comments!

September 27, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

Banned Books Week 2016: Defend Your Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is upon us! Censorship affects all of us and is an issue that continues to exist today. Educate yourself on the issues and remain aware.

In honor of Banned Books Week, the Library will be hosting short readings from challenged/banned books every day this week at 1 pm in the Learning Commons general seating area. We hope to see you there.

In America, the top ten most challenged books of 2015 include:

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
    *Read it as an e-book via Overdrive.
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  6. The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
    *Borrow it from the Library today!
  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
    *Borrow it from the Library today!
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).


April 19, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

Jayne Bopp Featured in Monday’s issue of the Star-Advertiser!

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Leeward CC’s own Jayne Bopp was featured in an article by Lee Cataluna for the Star-Advertiser’s “Possessed” series.

“Possessed is an occasional series featuring Hawaii residents and their unique or fascinating collections.”

Cataluna noticed Bopp’s unique collection when she walked into the Library and saw a March display for  Women’s History Month.  Very cool!

The article can be accessed online if you have a subscription.

March 3, 2016
by junie

Celebrate Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. Celebrate the women in your life! We’ve put together a sample of books and videos celebrating important women and women’s issues throughout history. This display will be available for viewing throughout the month of March. Special thanks to Jayne Bopp, Instructor, Social Sciences for sharing her personal collection of vintage Marwal Industries, Inc. chalkware busts, micro-enterprise project doll from Kenya, and burka from Afghanistan.



June 2, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Summer Reading Suggestions

Drop by to see the new library display, which highlights “favorite” books selected by library staff.


Staff selections (stop by to read why these books were chosen!):

Wayde – Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking
Junie – Dragon Rider and The Fault in Our Stars
Jue – Thirty Years in a Red House: a memoir of childhood and youth in Communist China and Waiting
Keahiahi – A Discovery of Witches, ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings, and The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia
Natalie – Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, and Cook’s Illustrated
Eileen – Cannery Row
Carina – Missoula: rape and the justice system in a college town, Zen Shorts, and These Broken Stars

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
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