Celebrate National Library Week in April –
Features Indian Storyteller, Wash. Children’s Author, Jeff Peterson & More

In celebration of National Library Week 2016 (April 10-16), Hawaii’s public libraries will offer free educational and entertaining programs throughout the month of April, including performances by two guest artists: a renowned storyteller from India and a Washington state children’s book author and folklorist.

Libraries Transform” is the theme selected by ALA for this year’s National Library Week. Libraries transform lives and communities by providing free access to technology, career development resources, and the skills to help people thrive in the digital age.

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored each April by the American Library Association and libraries nationwide. It is a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Featured performers include:

Storyteller Jeeva Raghunath, “Anbudan Jeeva” (With Love, Jeeva) – Jeeva Raghunath, a renowned storyteller from India, will share stories featuring a musical donkey, clever wives, tricksters, and silly stories enhanced with music, rhythm and dance. Her interactive storytelling style highlights India’s culture, tradition, customs, and food. Jeeva will perform at 8 selected statewide libraries: April 6, 1:30 p.m. at Lanai Public & School Library (ph. 565-7920), April 7, 10:30 a.m. at Kaneohe Public Library (ph. 233-5676), April 8, 2:30 p.m. at Kahului Public Library (ph. 873-3097), April 11, 6:30 p.m. at Mountain View Public & School Library (ph. 968-2322), April 13, 5:30 p.m. at Kealakekua Public Library (ph. 323-7585), April 16, 10:30 a.m. at Hawaii State Library-Edna Allyn Room for Children (ph. 586-3510), April 18, 3 p.m. at Molokai Public Library (ph. 553-1765), and April 19, 11:30 a.m. at Lihue Public Library (ph. 241-3222).

Storyteller Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald, “Fat Cats, Magical Roosters, and Pesky Fairies” – Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald, a Washington state children’s book author and folklorist, has written more than 65 books on folktale and storytelling topics, including award-winning picture books “Mabela the Clever” and “Go to Sleep Gecko.” She will share lively folktales from around the world at eight selected Big Island, Maui, and Oahu libraries: April 22, 10:30 a.m. at Waimanalo Public & School Library (ph. 259-2610), April 24, 1 p.m. at Kaimuki Public Library (ph. 733-8422), April 24, 3:30 p.m. at Kaneohe Public Library (ph. 233-5676), April 26, 9:30 a.m. at Kalihi-Palama Public Library (ph. 832-3466), April 26, 6:30 p.m. at Kihei Public Library (ph. 875-6833), April 27, 10 a.m. at North Kohala Public Library (ph.889-6655), April 27, 3 p.m. at Kailua-Kona Public Library (ph. 327-4327), and April 28, 10:30 a.m. at Hawaii Kai Public Library (ph. 397-5833).

· Jeff Peterson, “Slack Key Guitar” – Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson will share his passion for the guitar in words and music. His focus on slack key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage. See Peterson perform at 6 selected statewide libraries: April 5, 6 p.m. at Kihei Public Library (ph. 875-6833), April 8, 2 p.m. at Naalehu Public Library (ph. 939-2442), April 9, 11 a.m. at Hilo Public Library (ph. 933-8888), April 12, 5:30 p.m. at Pahala Public & School Library (ph. 928-2015), April 18, 6 p.m. at Mililani Public Library (ph. 627-7470), and April 19, 6:30 p.m. at Kapaa Public Library (ph. 821-4422).

· Storyteller Jeff Gere – renowned for his physical style of storytelling and rubbery face, Jeff Gere will perform at 5 selected libraries on Oahu and Kauai: “Silly ‘N Spooky Tales” – light, short stories from and about local kids that will have your kids or the kid-in you both laughing and crying. The “Spooky” in the title refers to spooky tension that turns into laughter: April 11, 6 p.m. at Ewa Beach Public & School Library (ph. 689-1204), April 26, 10 a.m. at Waialua Public Library (ph. 637-8286); “Shadow Dances” – experience a shadow puppet tale: “A Night on the Silk Road” featuring a Muslim, an Italian, and a Jewish character who meet around a campfire and share stories on April 14, 10:30 a.m. at Princeville Public Library (ph. 826-4310); “Haunted Hawaii” – hear original retellings of true supernatural tales of Hawaii; billed as exceptional ‘chicken skin’ experiences on April 14, 6:30 p.m. at Hanapepe Public Library (ph. 335-8418); “Oahu Spookies” – April 16, 10:30 a.m. at Aiea Public Library (ph. 483-7333).

· Storyteller Janice “Auntie Jan” Morimoto, “Island Kine Stories” – “Auntie Jan” will present humorous folktales, poetry, and participatory games from around the world adapted to “local” style at 5 selected Oahu and Big Island libraries: April 23, 10:30 a.m. at Kapolei Public Library (ph. 693-6345), April 25, 1:30 p.m. at Laupahoehoe Public & School Library (ph. 962-2229), April 25, 5:30 p.m. at Honokaa Public Library (ph. 775-8881), April 27, 1:30 p.m. at Thelma Parker Memorial Public & School Library (ph. 887-6067), and April 28, 6 p.m. at Wahiawa Public Library (ph. 622-6345).
The National Library Week programs are suitable for ages 5 and older unless noted otherwise, and young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Contact the hosting library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.
National Library Week programs are provided by a grant from the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, Hawaiian Electric Companies, Meadow Gold Dairies, HMS Host, Hansen Distribution Group, Roberts Hawaii, Aloha United Way, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Rotary Club of Windward Oahu, and Mitsunaga & Associates,