"WRITE WHERE YOU ARE," the 2010 Biennial Writers' Conference, for writers and aspiring writers, sponsored by the National League of American Pen Women, Honolulu branch; 6:30-9 p.m. April 9 and 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. April 10, Punahou School; $100; registration, Carol Egan, 254-3271.
SPECIAL FAMILY STORY TIMES, in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, sponsored in part by state Department of Health and Child Abuse Prevention Planning Council; 9 and 10:30 a.m. April 6, Kalihi-Pālama Public Library; and 10:30 a.m. April 11, Kaimukī Public Library.
"READERS' CHOICES," part of Hawai'i Public Radio's "Aloha Shorts" series, this featuring writings nominated by readers, read by the authors (including Lee Cataluna, Darrell H.Y. Lum, Eric Chock, Nora Okja Keller, Christy-Anne Passion, Cedric Yamanaka and Lois-Ann Yamanaka); 6:45 p.m. (music), 7 p.m. readings (seats held only until 6:55 p.m.), April 11, Atherton Performing Arts Studio, 738 Kaheka St.; free; reservations recommended, 955-8821.
JOCELYN FUJII will sign "Stories of Aloha: Homegrown Treasures of Hawai'i," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 8 and 9, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 10, Sig Zane Designs, 122 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, Big Island; information, 947-6470.
STATE LIBRARY FURLOUGHS: libraries closed April 7, 14 and 21, and May 5 and 19.
MOUNTAIN VIEW PUBLIC AND SCHOOL LIBRARY, Big Island, has reopened, following interior renovation/maintenance; hours: 12-8 p.m. Mondays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays; 808-968-2322.
PĀHALA PUBLIC AND SCHOOL LIBRARY, Big Island, has reopened following renovations (information, 808-928-2015):
• New hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; closed other days.
• Passport application service discontinued.
KAPA'A PUBLIC LIBRARY HOURS CHANGE (due to staff shortages): 12-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays; closed Saturdays and Sundays; information, 808-821-4422.
PASSPORT APPLICATION SERVICE HOURS EXTENDED, acceptance of DS-11 passport application forms, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Hawai'i State Library, Federal Documents Section, second floor (Punchbowl Street side); information, 586-3477, http://librarieshawaii.org/services/passport1.htm.
NEW KALIHI-PĀLAMA PUBLIC LIBRARY SCHEDULE: 1-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 832-3466.
PĀHOA PUBLIC AND SCHOOL LIBRARY, Big Island, has reopened: hours 1-8 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; information, 808-965-2171.
KAILUA, KONA, PUBLIC LIBRARY, Big Island, has changed Tuesday hours to noon-7 p.m. (instead of 11 a.m.-7 p.m.); rest of schedule unchanged; information, 808-327-4327.
BILL'S BOOKMOBILE, a bargain book/video store fundraiser for state libraries; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first Saturday monthly, 690 Pohukaina St., Kaka'ako; information, 536-4174.
YWCA BROWN-BAG LUNCH BOOK CLUB, 12-1:30 p.m. third Tuesday monthly; Laniākea (former Richards Street) YWCA; information, 538-7061.
KAHUKU BOOKMOBILE, offers books, compact discs, audiobooks and free Internet access on Mondays to holders of a state library card; information/varying locations, 293-8935.
NATIVE BOOKS/NĀ MEA HAWAI'I CLASSES, ongoing, including lauhala weaving, lei hulu (feather) workshops (lei, kahili and other hulu items), beginning 'ōlelo Hawai'i (Hawaiian language), watercolors, hula (beginners and intermediate, young adult to kūpuna) and beginning 'ukulele; various times, Ward Warehouse store; some fees; information, 596-8885.
Youth Speaks Hawaii, slam poetry workshops, 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays, The ARTS at Marks Garage; free; 387-9664.
PLAY READING GROUP, with discussion and dramatic readings, 6 p.m. second Friday monthly, First Unitarian Church; free; bring snacks to share; information, 526-1191.
TODDLER STORYTIME, for ages 1 1/4 to 3 years (with parent/caregiver), with interactive stories, sing-along, games and action rhymes, and playtime session with educational toys and puzzles; 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays (except holidays), through April, and September-November, 2010; McCully-Mō'ili'ili Library; free; 973-1099.
Preschool storytimE, stories, sing-alongs, finger plays and a simple craft, for pre-school age and older (accompanied by parent/caregiver), 10:30-11 a.m. Sundays, through June 6, Kaimukī Public Library; free; 733-8422.
KEIKI STORYTIME, for preschool age through age 6 (with parent/caregiver), with stories, sing-alongs, finger plays and rhymes, and color or craft project, 10-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wailuku Public Library, Children's Section, Maui; free; 808-243-5766.
HAWAI'I KAI PUBLIC LIBRARY CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS, library meeting room; free; information, 397-5833:
• Preschool storytime, ages 3-5 (with caregiver), with stories, sing-alongs, finger plays and make-and-take craft sessions; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, through April 2010.
• Toddler Puzzletime, ages 1 1/4-3 years (with caregiver), with educational puzzles, toys, storytime, songs and finger plays; 10:30 a.m. first Thursdays monthly.
SATURDAY KEIKI STORYTIME, for children 3 and older (with adult supervision), including stories, songs and rhymes; 10:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, Hawai'i State Library, Edna Allyn Children's Room; free; information, 586-3510.
Keiki storytime, with books, games and songs; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Saturdays, Borders, Waikele; free; 676-6699. Also, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Borders, Ward Centre; free; 591-8995.
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Mililani Public Library; free; 627-7470.
Preschool storytimE, stories, sing-alongs, finger plays and a simple craft, for ages 3-5; 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Waikīkī-Kapahulu Public Library; free; 733-8488.
Send announcements, at least 10 days before event, with contact name and phone number, to: Island Life, Lit Beat Calendar, The Advertiser, 605 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813; firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Lit Beat" in the subject line; or fax 525-8055.