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Spring 2024 Finals Countdown

April 23, 2024 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Aloha Leeward CC faculty and staff!

We are about to enter our Finals Countdown period. Please encourage your students to prepare for finals at the Learning Commons. In addition to research and tutoring support, we have planned a few fun activities! 

Final Spring 2024 Success Connection Workshop

April 26, 12pm: Tips for Reducing Test Anxiety, by Virginia Yoshida, Windward CC

Full SC Workshop Schedule
SC workshops are hosted via Zoom to all UH campuses at 12 pm.
Email writers@hawaii.edu for assistance

FREE SNACKS & DE-Stressing Activities

Apr 29 – May 10, 8am-5pm:  FREE snacks, aromatherapy, games, freebies, & more at the library!

Finals Coundown: April 29 - May 10

Yoga with Natalie Kahn

Apr 30 & May 7, 4:15-5:15pm: Yoga with librarian, Natalie Kahn, at the Hale Lehua Dance Studio (DA 108) – located next to Kīpuka

All levels welcome! Please wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat, towel, and water.

Graduation Lei Workshop with Tutoring & the Library

May 8, 3-4:45pm: With graduation just around the corner, we will be offering a lei making workshop at the Learning Resource Center! Students will learn how to make ti-leaf and yarn lei. Supplies are limited–students should RSVP here: go.hawaii.edu/JXF

Finals Countdown - Lei Workshop Flyer

*Snacks and lei workshop supplies are funded by ASUH – Leeward CC. Validated Leeward CC ID required.

For more information, visit our Finals Countdown page at go.hawaii.edu/yTR


April 8, 2024 by Eileen Sakamoto | 0 comments

The theme for National Library Week 2024, “Ready, Set, Library!,” promotes the idea that in our always-online world, libraries give us a green light to something truly special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills, and focus on what matters most.

Click on the image below to get to know the library staff! By clicking this image, you can enjoy a slideshow of each staff profile!

Finals Countdown: Dec 4-15

November 27, 2023 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Finals Countdown begins next week! 

Fall 2023 Finals Countdown Flyer

Finals Countdown: December 4-15

For more information about services and events, visit our Finals Countdown page at go.hawaii.edu/yTR

*Funded by ASUH-Leeward CC. Validated Leeward CC ID required. 

Banned Books Week: Oct 1-7

October 2, 2023 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Banned Books Week 2023 display at Leeward CC Library

October 1-7 is Banned Books Week. Join us in fighting book bans & censorship! 


Banning Books is Bananas!

Banned Books Week 2023: October 1-7. "Banning books is bananas! We read banned books at Leeward Community College Library!"

While supplies last! If you . . .

  • Check out a book in our library
  • Visit our Banned Books Week display and place stickers next to the banned books you’ve read
  • Have a discussion with any of us at the circulation desk about banned books

. . . we will give you a “Banning Books is Bananas!” sticker!

Art by Susan Sammis, student library aide.  


Banned Book Reading/Discussion

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Leeward CC Student Life sent out a poll to students asking them to select one of these banned or challenged books for a campus-wide reading and discussion:

Currently registered Leeward CC students who provide their contact information will enter a drawing for a free Foodland gift card provided by ASUH.

Deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, October 13, 2023


Banned Books Podcast

Leeward CC Student Life asks instruction librarian, Natalie Kahn, about the history of Banned Books Week. Learn about books that have been banned or challenged in the educational system, particularly LGBTQ+ books. 

Play Podcast: Gain Knowledge, and Build Relationships Episode 31: Banned Books Week with Leeward Instruction Librarian Natalie Kahn


Visit Leeward CC Library’s Banned Books Week page at go.hawaii.edu/yKp


Finals Countdown: May 1-12

May 2, 2023 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Spring 2023 Finals Countdown - Library Extended Hours, May 1-12, Monday - Friday, 8am - 6pm.

It’s Finals Countdown!

  • The Library is offering extended hours Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm
  • Tutoring Services is offering online drop-in tutoring, study sessions, and focused workshops
  • De-stressing activities + freebies are provided by the Learning Commons & Library staff
  • Study snacks are provided by Leeward CC Student Government

For more information about activities and events, visit our Finals Countdown page at go.hawaii.edu/feE.

National Library Week: 4/23 – 4/29

April 21, 2023 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

National Library Week at Leeward CC Library 2023

National Library Week 2023: There’s More to the Story


April 23-29: Right to Read Display

Celebrate National Library Week with Leeward CC Library!

This year, National Library Week kicks off with Right to Read Day on Monday, April 24th. Libraries across the country saw record numbers of book challenges in 2022; most of these attempts to ban books occurred at school or public libraries. Librarians believe in an individual’s right to choose what they read, and we invite you to learn why the freedom to read is important from our American Library Association (ALA) President, Lessa Kanani‘opua Pelayo-Lozada.

Fun trivia: Lessa Kanani‘opua Pelayo-Lozada is the first ALA president of Hawaiian ancestry, and Leeward Library hosted her in November 2022 for the Hawai‘i Library Conference. 

We also encourage you to see There’s More to the Story at Leeward Library. In addition to books, you can borrow laptops, iPads, and charging devices. You can also talk with a librarian to get help with research, finding resources, or citing sources.


April 24 – May 12: Annual Library User Survey

2023 Annual Library Survey link: go.hawaii.edu/XFm
Let us know what we’re doing well and what we could improve upon. Please fill out our survey at go.hawaii.edu/XFm. Survey begins Monday, April 24th, and will end Friday, May 12th.


April 26: Student Focus Group
Kapunawai Room, Learning Commons & Library

Link to LibCal event page for the Focus Group on Wednesday, April 26, 12pm

We’re interested in hearing our students’ thoughts & opinions about the library. Pizza, snacks, and beverages will provided by Leeward CC’s Student Government. If you know of any student who would be interested in joining our discussion, please have them contact An Hollowell at ahollowe@hawaii.edu.

Library Extended Hours: May 1-12

April 21, 2023 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Spring 2023 Finals Countdown - Library Extended Hours, May 1-12, Monday - Friday, 8am - 6pm.

Finals Countdown begins Monday, May 1st! The library will be offering extended hours Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm.

De-stressing activities + freebies will be offered by the Learning Commons & Library staff and study snacks will be provided by Student Government. For more information about activities and events, visit our Finals Countdown page at go.hawaii.edu/feE.

LC Updates: April 3-7

April 4, 2023 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Learning Commons Updates logo

Tutoring Services

Free Writing Tutoring and More at the Writing Center!
The Writing Center offers free writing tutoring for any Leeward CC class, as well as scholarship essays, college applications, resumes, and more! Tutoring is provided by our friendly Writing Consultants, who are fellow students with a passion for helping others. Since Friday is a holiday, we are only open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday (appointment only from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.). Visit our website at go.hawaii.edu/Gp8 to make an appointment, or stop by our physical location on the second floor of the library for a drop-in. In addition to tutoring sessions, the Writing Center offers Focused Workshops that cover sentence structure, grammar, and various college success skills. Click here to learn more, or email writers@hawaii.edu. We look forward to working with you soon!

The Leeward CC Creative Writing Club
Join the Creative Writing Club hosted by the Writing Center and unleash your creativity! The Creative Writing Club is open to all Leeward CC students, and anyone with an interest in writing is encouraged to participate regardless of experience or ability! New members are always welcome! The Creative Writing Club meets every first and third Thursday of the month. Meetings are held from 3-4 PM in the Writing Center. Feel free to join our next meeting this Thursday, 4/6! Alternatively, if you are unable to attend in-person, you have the option to join our sessions via Zoom through our hybrid meetings! Please see our creative writing club flyer, email us at writers@hawaii.edu, or give us a call at (808) 455-0409 for more information.

Join Us for This Week’s Success Connection Workshop: Protect Your Data and Future
You are invited to attend this week’s Success Connection Workshop (SCW): Protect Your Data and Future on Wednesday, April 5th at 12 PM presented by Petersen Gross via Zoom! Hackers and malware are our nemesis while online. They want to steal our information and access our online accounts. Come and learn how to protect your valuable information and protect your information online. Feel free to view our flyer or this semester’s SCW schedule for more information. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP at this link: https://go.hawaii.edu/kFV. We look forward to seeing you there!

Take Advantage of Free Tutoring at the Learning Resource Center!
Come by the Learning Resource Center (LRC) or make an appointment via Penji for tutoring in Japanese, ICS, Hawaiian Studies, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Biology, and Oceanography! The LRC tutors are helpful, friendly, and here to help you succeed. Please view the LRC’s Spring 2023 flyer for more information. Visit the LRC’s website to view tutor availability, browse online resources, and make an appointment via Penji. Please contact lrctutor@hawaii.edu or call (808) 455-0409 for assistance. Happy tutoring!



RFID’ing in the Library: UPDATE

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33,563 books have been RFID tagged as of Monday, April 3rd. Our project is a little over 75% completed! 

The Library is implementing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) theft detection system for materials. In September, library staff and librarians began the conversion process, which involves pulling books off the shelves and affixing RFID tags to each book. Each RFID tag is encoded with a book’s barcode number, format type, and the library’s unique OCLC code. Tagged books are then returned to the shelf. With over 45,000 individual books in our collection, we estimate that the conversion process will be completed in the late spring or summer of 2023. For more information about this project, please read our RFID Conversion Project blog post.



Student Involvement Fair

The Library & Tutoring Services will be at the Student Involvement Fair – Wednesday, April 5th, 10am – 1pm. Drop by to learn about our services!



Image by jarmoluk via Pixabay

CLOSED Friday, April 7th

The Learning Commons & Library will be CLOSED Friday, April 7th, in observance of Good Friday. We hope you enjoy the holiday weekend!


Finals Countdown at the Learning Commons: Dec 5-16

December 2, 2022 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Aloha Leeward CC Faculty & Staff,
Please encourage your students to prepare for finals at the Learning Commons! Our Finals Countdown period begins Monday, December 5th. 

Fall 2022 Finals Countdown Flyer

Extended Library Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm
Extra hours for studying & using library resources!

Research Support: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
We’re here to help you find and select resources for your assignments!

Tutoring & Focused Workshops
Our friendly tutors are here to help you! To make an appointment or check subject-specific tutor availability, visit our website.

De-Stressing Activities
Visit our Kapunawai room to play games from all around the world, color and doodle to your heart’s content, or just breathe in some essential oils to relax and get your mind in the right place!

Study Snacks
FREE snacks provided by Student Government. Validated Leeward CC ID required.

For more information, visit our Finals Countdown webpage at go.hawaii.edu/feE

Finals Week: May 9-13

May 10, 2022 by An | 0 comments

Annual Learning Commons and Library User Survey


Learning Commons & Library Annual User Survey
Please take a few minutes of your time to complete our annual survey to help us improve services. Survey ends Friday, May 13th. Mahalo to those who already submitted!



Spring 2022 Finals Countdown Extended Hours


Library Extended Hours: May 9-12
Monday – Thursday
8am – 6pm

We will offer free snacks and relaxation kits, while supplies last!

Supplies are funded by Student Government. Spring 2022 Leeward registration required.

For more information about Finals Countdown, please visit go.hawaii.edu/feE



Friday, May 13: Learning Commons & Library closed due to Commencement
Online services will be available

  • Library
  • Writing Center
    • Online Appointments via Penjiapp: 11am – 5pm
  • Learning Resource Center
    • Online Appointments via Penjiapp: 11am – 3pm



Interim Week (May 16-20): Learning Commons & Library Closed
Online Chat and Phone: Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm


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