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Libraries: A Mecca For Fun, Magic And Books

Storyteller Ben Moffat performs at 10:30 a.m. April 18 at Kaneohe Library as part of the statewide celebration of National Library Week. Photo courtesy of UH Statewide Cultural Extension Program.

National Library Week is making itself heard in Windward Oahu venues this month, as a wide variety of entertainers are booked to celebrate on the theme “Communities Matter @ Your Library.”

The theme was selected by the American Library Association to highlight the role of libraries as trusted gathering places where people “reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.”

Still ahead are the following free programs:

* Magician Alan Arita performs his popular magic show at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Kailua Library, combining comedy, illusions and audience participation to intrigue and amaze. Call 266-9911.

* Award-winning slack key guitarist Danny Carvalho performs (and brings his CDs) at 3 p.m. Sunday at Kaneohe Library. Call 233-5676.

* Storyteller and former Windward Community College drama professor Ben Moffat will present “Stories in Stilts and Other Tall Tales” at 10:30 a.m. April 18 at Kaneohe Library. Moffat’s repertoire spans Europe, Asia and the Americas to include The Barking Mouse, The Crane Wife, How Roller Skates Were Invented and The Giant in the Tiny House. Call 233-5676.

* Kaneohe Library sponsors a movie night with free popcorn at 6 p.m. April 24, featuring the animated hit Wreck-it Ralph. Call 233-5676.

All programs are supported by each library’s Friends group.