All Books for Children, book drive to collect new and gently used childrens books to support local literacy programs, through Aug. 31, Starbucks Coffee stores on all islands (except Barnes & Noble, airport and University of Hawai'i locations).
Book Sale, pocketbooks three for 50 cents, plus other items at discounted prices offered by the Friends of Pearl City Library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Pearl City Public Library; free admission. 453-6566.
Aloha Shorts, weekly show with readings of short stories from local authors, 5 p.m. Mondays, on Hawaii Public Radio station KIPO 89.3 with host Cedric Yamanaka. This week, Jamie Simpson reads Mary Lombard's "Snow Child." www.hawaiipublicradio.org/alohashorts.htm.
Talk Story Radio, weekly show hosted by Jeff Gere, 5:30 p.m. Mondays, on Hawaii Public Radio station KIPO 89.3 FM, 7 p.m. Thursdays on KTUH 90.3 FM. This week, tales about flatulence including "A Whoopie Cushion Tale" and "Secret Weapon." www.talkstoryradio.com.
"Stories in the Circle of Life," Karen Yamamoto-Hackler share tales from around the world for children of all ages, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Kapolei Public Library; free. 693-7050.
Poetry Slam Workshop for Teens, ongoing Youth Speaks Hawai'i workshops in written and spoken word for students ages 13-19, working with members of the HawaiiSlam team, 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, The ARTS at Marks Garage; free. 387-9664.
Children's Book Club forming, students in grades 4-6 are invited to join the Nene Reading Club, which will focus on reading, discussing and voting on the nominated books for the 2007 awards. Informational meeting, 3 p.m. Thursday, Kahului Public Library, Maui. (808) 873-3097.
Alan S.F. Lum discusses feng shui and the five energies of Chinese astrology, and signs copies of his books, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Mililani Public Library. 627-7470.
Christine Yano signs "Crowning the Nice Girl," 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall. 737-3323.
Jane Porter signs "Flirting with Forty," 3 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center. 949-7307.
"Living the Writer's Life," two-day hands-on retreat with author Cristina Salat, with workshops on dealing with discouragement and success, improving writing technique and selling and promoting your completed work, 5 p.m. Friday through 3 p.m. Aug. 27, Volcano Art Center, Big Island; $250 for workshop and meals, $380 includes two nights accommodations. (808) 967-8222, www.volcanoartcenter.org.
Writing Retreat, led by Lillian Cunningham, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Windward Community College Hale Na'auao 146; $5. 235-7433.
Publishing Workshop, Jane Porter shares her experiences in getting published, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center; free. 949-7307.
Toddler Storytime, for ages 2 and 3, 10 a.m. tomorrow, Kapolei Public Library. 693-7050.
Tiny Tales for Tiny Tots, stories, fingerplays, songs and a craft to take home, for 4 and younger, 9-9:45 a.m. and 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Kalihi-Palama Public Library. 832-3466.
Keiki Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Saturdays, Borders, Waikele. 676-6699.
Preschool Craft & Storytime, 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall (737-3323) and Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center (949-7307).
Read Me a Story, books read by volunteer storytellers, 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Keiki Reading Room in Gallery 31 (lower level of Banyan Court); for 12 and younger and their parents; free for children, included with admission price of $7 for parents. 532-8700.
Keiki Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Borders, Ward Centre. 591-8995.
Storytimes, for all ages, 10 a.m. Thursday, Kapolei Public Library. 693-7050.
Saturday Storytime, 11 a.m. Saturdays, Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall. 737-3323
Saturday Morning Storytime, 11 a.m. Saturdays, Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center. 949-7307.
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