incorporated in March, 1988 and
under the umbrella of Friends of
the Library of Hawaii since May,
What We Do

  • A nonprofit association of people of all
ages and occupations, who recognize
the importance of excellent libraries.
  • Assist the libraries in providing the best
possible service to the community
  • Provide volunteers and financial assist-  
ance to the libraries
  • Cooperate closely but remain
independent of  the libraries
  • Promote the importance of library
services to the community
       Contact Us Today
Why does the library need friends?
Although tax supported, public libraries need
many additional items for which funding is not
allocated.  F.O.L.K. provides supplementary
funds for such items as:
  • Circulation materials
  • Children's Programs
  • Staff Education
  • Support for Summer Reading Program
  • Community Adult Programs              

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Friends of the Libraries, Kona
a.k.a F.O.L.K.
Receives $1,000 Grant from the IRONMAN
Book Club
Kailua Kona Library Lanai  
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  

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This is a just heads-up that our Programs can be found on Facebook
Once you have joined the event, the date will be saved to your 'Events'
link on the left-hand panel of your home page, making it easy to
remember the date. Since there are a lot of posts being put on the
Facebook page (branch closure notices, events, etc.), it's easier to
find events by clicking on the 'Events' box, which is located at the top
of the page below the header on the right hand side.The 'Events' box
is an easier way to navigate all of the branches' events. If you're
following the event (by clicking the 'Join' option), you'll automatically
receive a notification about event updates.

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and easier to keep track of.
Help F.O.L.K. Raise $$$!

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Take advantage of Amazon Smile

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Start your shopping at (which means you
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June's Selection: Plastic Ocean
by Charles Moore
Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is pleased to announce a
$1000.00 grant from the IRONMAN Foundation and World Triathlon
Corporation in support of our Friendly Bus to the Library Program.
F.O.L.K. provides bus transportation for second grade students in
Kona elementary schools to visit the library.  On the visit the Children’
s Librarian will take the students on a tour, provide a story hour and
help them receive their library cards. Early literacy skills contribute to
future success in school. Libraries help parents learn to be their child’
s first teacher.
This grant is part of the ongoing efforts by the IRONMAN World
Championship to strengthen our community and perpetuate the
aloha spirit.
                     Computer User Support at
     Kailua Kona Branch

One of the most popular services provided by all branches in the Hawaii State
Public Library System is free personal computer (PC) access for library users.
The library PC provides free access to the Internet and the library system's
many online resources, as well as a variety of software applications, including
Microsoft Office. The Hawaii State Public Library System also offers over
20,000 electronic book and Audiobook titles from the OverDrive/Digital Library
Reserve.  With OverDrive, you can borrow and enjoy free e-Books,
audiobooks, and more from the library's digital collection. To help patrons use
these services, F.O.L.K. is providing a PC support resource at the Kailua Kona
branch.  “Mr. Ed” has two scheduled time slots at the library each week,
Tuesdays and Fridays from 1PM to 3PM, to assist users with accessing the
library’s computers and digital materials.  This support can include basic
system log-in, use of Windows’ screens, and Internet and online e-mail
access.  We also provide basic user education with Microsoft Word and Excel
programs including document formatting and printing.  In addition, we can
show users how to download electronic books from the library system to their
PCs, tablets or e-book readers (Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.).  We’ll even help
troubleshoot a patron’s computer, tablet, or e-book reader if they bring their
device to the library.
We urge you to stop by to see what computer resources the Kailua Kona
library offers and talk with Mr. Ed about your PC or tablet/e-reader questions.

                         No Sale until
                         August 15, 2015

Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an
intellectual journey through the
world of "outliers"--the best and
the brightest, the most famous
and the most successful. He asks
the question: what makes
high-achievers different? Gladwell
tears down the myth of individual
merit to explore how culture,
circumstance, timing, birth and
luck account for success
Sponsored by
Books Are Building Blocks
@ the Kailua Kona Library

Sponsorship by Costco, Target and Keiki O Ka’ Aina

Final Program of the Year
Friends of the Libraries, Kona

Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is pleased to
announce our 2015 Masters of Library and Information
Science Scholarship recipients. Robert Steven Dahlke and
Jennifer Kau`i Losalio are each awarded $2,000 to continue
their library and information science studies through the
University of Hawaii at Manoa distance learning program.
These scholarships are offered to assist the recipients in
completing their Master’s Degrees in Library and Information
Science at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

An affiliate of Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Friends of the
Libraries, Kona has been enhancing the services and
facilities of Kona public libraries and enriching the lives of
Kona residents since 1988. This is the fourth year of the
Scholarship Award Program.
Robert Steven Dahlke is an English
and Computer Science teacher at
Kealakehe High School.  He holds a
Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in
theater arts at Texas Tech University
and a Bachelor of Arts degree in
English literature at the University of
Central Florida. Before joining the
Kealakehe High School staff, Robert
taught English at Saganspeak at
Tokyo, Japan.
Jennifer Kau`i Losalio is a library
technician at Kailua Kona Public
Library. She holds a Bachelor of Arts
degree in linguistics from the University
of Hawaii at Hilo. Before joining the
Kailua Kona Public Library on a
temporary assignment, Jennifer
worked at Kealakekua Public Library,
Pahala Public and School Library and
Na`alehu Public Library.