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FOURTH ANNUAL HAWAI'I BOOK AND MUSIC FESTIVAL, presented by Bank of Hawai'i, with 175 events and 550 presenters on main stage and other pavilions and stages, including author appearances, children's events and entertainment; continues 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 17, Honolulu Hale grounds; free; Bank of Hawai'i Book Swap of children's and adult books, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. 234-0404, www.hawaiibookandmusicfestival.org.
"Wayfinding Through the Storm" book launch celebration and book signing, for this collection of 150 voices from the Kamehameha Schools — students, alumni, "movers-and-shakers," school employees and teachers — on controversies of the 1990s, edited by author-historian Gavan Daws, 5-7:30 p.m. May 22, Kawaiahao Plaza, Kaiona Room. 587-7766.
THE LIGHTER SIDE OF (WRITING) MURDER, a free workshop by Agatha Award-winning mystery author Dean James; 2 p.m. May 17, Kane'ohe Public Library. 233-5676.
"Under Maui Skies and Other Stories" book launch celebration and readings by Maui writer Wayne Moniz, 7 p.m. May 19, Native Books, Ward Warehouse. 596-8885.
LAUHALA WEAVING 101, by Auntie Sheila Barnhart, for ages 12 and older, 6:30 p.m. May 19, Kahuku Public & School Library. 293-8935.
OBAMA & CLINTON: BORN IN HAWAI'I AND HOPE, book signing of "Obamaland: Who is Barack Obama?" by author Ron Jacobs, and discussion/question-and-answer session, also with David Maraniss, author of "Bill Clinton: First in His Class"; pupu and music 6:30 p.m., discussion 7:30 p.m., booksigning and music 8:30 p.m. May 19, Windward Community College, Kane'ohe, Hale 'Akoakoa, rooms 101-105, $10; reservations/tickets, 744-2796, www.windward.hawaii.edu/calendar/2009/Obama/.
PUPPET TIMES WITH CHRISTY LIPPS, puppet show, fingerplays and rhymes, 10 a.m. May 20, Pearl City Public Library; 453-6566.
SURPRISE CHILDREN'S CRAFT WITH MS. GLORIA, for ages 5 and older, 2:30 p.m. May 20, 'Ewa Beach Public & School Library; registration, 689-1204.
COURAGE IN CREATIVE WRITING: Exploring the First Person Narrative, writing workshop by poet, performer and professor Kimberly Dark; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 23, Volcano Art Center, Volcano Village, Niaulani Campus, Big Island; $60. 808-967-8222, www.volcanoartcenter.org.
HAWAI'I KAI JAYCEES BOOK CLUB, 12 p.m. May 24, Borders Books, Ward Centre; 591-8995.
JUST THE FREE STUFF: COMPUTERS 101, a monthly series of computer workshops for beginning adult users, 8:30-9:45 a.m. June 8 (creating a blog), Kapolei Public Library, second-floor adult nonfiction computer area; 693-7050.
CONSUMER WISE, last of a series of consumer fairs for adults, with staff from local, state and federal agencies on hand to answer consumer questions, including on identity fraud, Medicare and senior services, investment scams, starting a business or saving for college, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 22, 'Aina Haina Pubic Library. 377-2456
CHARLES DARWIN BOBBLEHEAD SALES LIBRARY FUNDRAISER, marking 200th anniversary of Darwin's birthday, through May 17, University of Hawai'i's Hamilton Library, first-floor business window, $25; 956-7203.
STUART H. COLEMEN will sign copies of "Fierce Heart: The Story of Makaha and the Soul of Hawaiian Surfing," 2 p.m. May 17 at the Hawaii Book & Music Festival, Municipal Mall (Honolulu Hale grounds), 234-0404, www.hawaiibookandmusicfestival.org; and 6-8 p.m. May 21 at the EcoLounge Signing Party for The Surfrider Foundation, at Indigo restaurant.
LUCINDA FLEESON will sign "Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island," 7 p.m. May 22, Borders Books, Ward Centre. 591-8995.
JOE TSUJIMOTO will sign "Morningside Heights: New York Stories," 2 p.m. May 23, Borders Books, Ward Centre. 591-8995.
BILL'S BOOKMOBILE, a fundraising project of Friends of the Library of Hawai'i, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. first Saturday monthly, 690 Pohukaina St., Kaka'ako; 536-4174.
ADULT PAPER CRAFTS OPPORTUNITY for making cards, decorations, scrapbooks, tags, etc., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. fourth Saturday monthly (except May and December), Kalihi-Palama Public Library auditorium; table space and some electrical access provided (bring supplies and snacks); registration, 832-3466.
Youth Speaks Hawaii, slam poetry workshops, hosted by Kealoha, TravisT, Melvin, Darron and Lyz, 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, The ARTS at Marks Garage; free. 387-9664.
KEIKI LIBRARY PLAY MORNINGS, a free, independent educational playtime for ages 2 to 5 years, 10-10:45 a.m. May 21 and 28, Kapolei Public Library; kids must be accompanied by an adult; 693-7050.
CHILDREN'S STORYTIME, 10:30 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 16, Kaimuki Public Library, Children's Room; free. 733-8422.
Keiki storytime, stories read aloud, sing-alongs, finger plays and a simple craft, for ages 3 and older, 10-10:45 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Kapolei Public Library; free. 693-7050.
Toddler storytime, books, finger plays, matching games and songs, for ages 2-3, 10 a.m. Tuesdays, McCully-Mo'ili'ili Public Library; free. 973-1099.
Keiki storytime, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Saturdays, Borders, Waikele; free. 676-6699.
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Mililani Public Library; free. 627-7470.
Read Me a Story, books read by volunteer storytellers for children 12 and younger and their parents, 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Honolulu Academy of Arts; children included free with $7 admission for parents. 532-8700.
Keiki storytime, stories, songs, sing-alongs and other activities, 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Kahuku Public & School Library; free. 293-8935.
Keiki storytimE, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Borders, Ward Centre; free. 591-8995.
Preschool storytimE, stories read aloud, sing-alongs, finger plays and a simple craft, for ages 3-5, 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library; free. 733-8488.
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