THE SOCIETY OF CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS invites picture book and fiction manuscripts, written for children and young adults, for critique during its annual conference Feb. 27; critiques (additional fee in addition to conference fee) limited to conference attendees; Jan. 26 postmark deadline for submitted manuscripts, registration and fees; information and submission guidelines, 735-4538.
ALMOST NEW BOOK & MUSIC SALE, sale of vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, videos, equipment and books, to benefit Friends of the Library of Hawai'i and Hawai'i Public Radio: FLH/HPR members' preview sale 9-11 a.m. Jan. 16, public sale 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 16 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 17; Harbor Warehouse, 525 Ala Moana ('ewa of University of Hawai'i medical school); $3 donation; to volunteer, information , 536-4174.
"LAUGHING AND LEARNING IN HAWAI'I TODAY," program by comedian/musician Frank DeLima on the importance of reading, studying and using public libraries; 3 p.m. Jan. 17; Kaimukī Public Library, Adult Reading Room; free, suitable for all ages; 733-8422.
STATE LIBRARY FURLOUGH DAYS: libraries closed Jan. 13 and 27.
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.
ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR "MYMAMAMONOLOGUES 2010," in which men, women and children worldwide are invited each year to submit true stories about their mothers; selected stories will be shared on stage on Mother's Day, at the McCoy Studio Theater, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, and Mainland venues; submission deadline, Jan. 14; instructions, www.MyMamaMonologues.com.
ARNOLD HIURA will sign his book, "Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands," 1-2 p.m. Jan. 16, Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall; 737-3323.
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
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.
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. 11: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sunset Beach Christian School, Hale'iwa, and 2-4 p.m., Kuilima Estates, next to mailboxes, Kahuku; 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
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.
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.
YWCA BROWN-BAG LUNCH BOOK CLUB, 12-1:30 p.m. third Tuesday monthly; Laniākea (former Richards Street) YWCA; information, 538-7061.
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.
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 1/4-3 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.
Read Me a Story, for children 12 and under and their parents; 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Honolulu Academy of Arts; children incluNormalded with parent's $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.