AUTHOR BILL FERNANDEZ will speak on his memoir/family history "Rainbows Over Kapa'a," 3-5 p.m. March 14; Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai'i, Ward Warehouse; 596-8885.
"KEIKO AND LOUIE: BEST BEST FRIENDS (MOSTLY)," a Honolulu Theatre for Youth 30-minute interactive presentation, for ages 3 and older, 10:30 a.m. March 15, Kapolei Public Library, and 3 p.m. March 15, Kaimukī Public Library; information, 831-6877.
"HOW TO ENJOY A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE," one of the Tuesday Night at the Library series; with Stephen Ishikawa, program coordinator for the Mokichi Okada Association, with discussion of purifying therapy, a tea ceremony and sampling of natural foods; 6 p.m. March 16, Kahuku Public & School Library conference room; suitable for all ages; 293-8935.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY IRISH SONG FEST, presented by the Maui Folksong Circle, 6 p.m. March 17, Makawao Public Library (Maui), Children's Room; singers, guitar players, musicians, and just listeners invited; books/song sheets provided; free; suitable for ages 12 and older; information, 808-573-8786.
HOW TO START A HOME BUSINESS, program for adults, presented by Jim Haley, a volunteer counselor for SCORE, a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, 3:30 p.m. March 20, 'Aina Haina Public Library; free; 377-2456.
STATE LIBRARY FURLOUGHS: libraries closed March 19; April 7, 14 and 21; and May 5 and 19.
EARLY CLOSURE AT MĀNOA PUBLIC LIBRARY, on the grounds of Noelani Elementary School: hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (instead of 10 a.m.-8 p.m.) March 17 and 24, due to staffing shortage; information, 988-0459.
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.
WAHIAWĀ Preschool storytimE, with stories, sing-alongs, and crafts for ages 3-5 (accompanied by parent/caregiver); 4 p.m. Wednesdays, through March 31, Wahiawā Public Library; free; 622-6345.
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.
TODDLER TIME STORYTIME, for babies/toddlers up to age 3 (with parent/caregiver), with stories, rhymes, songs and puzzles; 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays, through March 30, Hawai'i State Library, Edna Allyn Children's Room; free; information, 586-3510.
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.