STATE LIBRARY FURLOUGH DAYS: libraries closed: Jan. 13 and 27.
NATIVE BOOKS/NĀ MEA HAWAI'I CLASSES, ongoing, including lauhala weaving, lei hulu (feather) workshop (including lei, kahili and other hulu items), beginning ōlelo Hawai'i (Hawaiian language); watercolors class; hula (beginners, and intermediate, young adult to kūpuna), and beginning 'ukulele; various times, Ward Warehouse store; some fees; information, 596-8885.
WILLIAM BERNHARDT, award-winning novelist (including "Nemesis: The Final Case of Elliot Ness") will discuss his novels and the art of writing, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5, Kapolei Public Library, Adult Fiction Area; free; suitable for age 12 and older; information, 693-7050,
HAWAIISLAM FIRST THURSDAY, an evening of poetry, music, live art and cash prizes, hosted by Kealoha, featuring Joaquin Zihuatanejo, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Fresh Cafe (new location); admission fee; information, 387-9664, www.HawaiiSlam.com.
HAWAII LITERACY ORIENTATION, for those interested in becoming volunteer reading tutors; 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 9, Borders, Ward Centre, second floor; 537-6706.
POST-DIVORCE ISSUES, authors Dr. David and Lisa Frisbie, founders of the Center for Marriage and Family Studies, and experts on single parenting, remarriage, blended families, step-families and divorce recovery, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 9, Borders, Waikele Center; free; 676-6699.
"MUSIC IS GOOD MEDICINE," free informational program on the positive influences of music, by 'ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimambukuro; 11:45 a.m. Jan. 9, Hawai'i State Library, lobby; suitable for all ages; 586-3535.
OPEN BOOK RELEASE PARTY for "Talking with Sartre: Conversations and Debates," with editor/translator and Satre confidant John Gerassi, a political science professor at Queen's College, City University of New York; 3 p.m. Jan. 10, Revolution Books; 944-3106.
FILIPINO AUTHORS AND MUSICIANS, highlight of this week's Hawaii Public Radio live taping of "Aloha Shorts"; 6:45 p.m. music, 7 p.m. readings, Jan. 10, Atherton Performing Arts Studio, 738 Kaheka St.; free; reservations recommended, 955-8821.
PASSPORT APPLICATION SERVICE HOURS EXTENDED, acceptance of DS-11 passport application forms, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturdays; Hawai'i State Library, Federal Documents Section, second floor (Punchbowl Street side); information, 586-3477, http://librarieshawaii.org/services/passport1.htm
KAHUKU PUBLIC & SCHOOL LIBRARY (and book drop) closed for renovations through Jan. 11; library materials may be returned to other public libraries or the Kahuku Bookmobile; information, 293-8935. (see below)
KAHUKU BOOKMOBILE SCHEDULE (during renovation closure of Kahuku Public & School Library), Jan. 4: 12-1 p.m., Hau'ula Civic Center, Kukuna Road; 1:30-2:45 p.m., Temple View Apartments, Building R, Brigham Young University-Hawai'i; and 3-4 p.m. at BYU Student Family Housing, Building W; information, 293-8935.
PĀHOA PUBLIC AND SCHOOL LIBRARY, Big Island, has reopened: hours 1-8 p.m. Mondays, and 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
ANNUAL PLAYWRITING CONTEST, sponsored by Kumu Kahua Theatre and University of Hawai'ī-Mānoa theater department, in three categories: Hawai'i and Pacific/Rim related stories, open to residents/nonresidents , and a resident category; deadline, Jan. 4; information/flier, 536-4222; information, www.kumukahua.org.
STUDENTS' STAR POETS CONTEST, sponsored by Windward Community College and Hawai'i Council for the Humanities, for students in grades 3-12, statewide; prizes for students and schools; deadline, Jan. 29; entry forms/rules, www.windward.hawaii.edu/poets; information, 236-9231. .
ELLIOT CADES AWARD, the Hawai'i Literary Arts Council is accepting nominations for the 2009 Elliot Cades Awards for Literature for an established writer and for an emerging writer; includes poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists and others; nominations must include a letter summarizing writer's achievements and samples of the writer's work; send to Hawai'i Literary Arts Council, P.O. Box 11213, Honolulu, HI 96828; deadline, Jan. 15.
ESSAY CONTEST, for grades 5-8, about the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, sponsored by the Aloha Chapter, National Society For the Daughters of the American Revolution. Entries accepted through January; for information, e-mail DAR.AmHistory@yahoo .com.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS ESSAY CONTEST, for grades 9-12, prize of $1,200 and paid lodging and transportation to Washington, D.C., in October to read prize-winning essay on Columbus Day, sponsored by Aloha Chapter, National Society For the Daughters of the American Revolution. Entries accepted through January; for information, e-mail DAR.AmHistory@yahoo.com.
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.
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.
YWCA BROWN-BAG LUNCH BOOK CLUB, 12-1:30 p.m. third Tuesday monthly; Laniākea (old Richards Street) YWCA; information, 538-7061.
Youth Speaks Hawaii, slam poetry workshops, 4-5:30 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.
HAWAI'I KAI PUBLIC LIBRARY CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS, library meeting room; free; information, 397-5833:
• Preschool storytime, for 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, for ages 1 1/2-3 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.
Read Me a Story, for children 12 and under and their parents; 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Honolulu Academy of Arts; children included with parents' $7 admission; 532-8700.
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.