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Edwin H. Mookini Library hosts Second Annual Night in the Stacks fund-raising event

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Date: Monday, November 8, 2004
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Edwin H. Mookini Library invites the public to its Second Annual Night in the Stacks fund raiser on Friday, November 19, from 5 – 8 p.m.

“This year’s event is called A Night in the Stacks 2004: Rounding Up Friends with Dr. William Bergin. The Edwin H. Mookini Library staff extends a special invitation to the local community to attend this annual fun-filled fund-raising event that is designed to bring together the administration, faculty, staff, alumni and students of UH Hilo and Hawai`i Community College with caring members of the Hilo community in both a celebration of the Edwin H. Mookini Library and in a renewal of our mission commitment,” said Dr. Linda Marie Golian-Lui, university librarian.

The event is co-hosted by UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng, HawCC Chancellor Rockne Freitas, and Mrs. Kiki Mookini, member of the Friends of the Edwin H. Mookini Library. Night in the Stacks 2004 also has the support and assistance of four honorary chair persons: Dr. Elizabeth Buyers; Mrs. Alice Fujimoto; Dr. Stan Fortuna; and Mrs. Lillian Noda.

“The goal of Night in the Stacks 2004 is to raise $10,000 to create an endowed book account in honor of the late chancellor, Dr. Edwin H. Mookini, who strongly believed in the value of academic libraries, and was a driving force in the establishment of the second largest academic library in the UH System, named in his honor,” Golian-Lui explained.

Night in the Stacks 2004 activities include a presentation by local author, Dr. William Bergin, who will discuss his book, Loyal to the Land. There will be opportunities to purchase copies of his book and have them autographed with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Friends of the Edwin H. Mookini Library Foundation.

Other activities include student hula demonstrations, country line dancing demonstrations, live keyboard music provided by UH Hilo student musician Lani Anderson, student art exhibits, behind-the-scene tours of the Edwin H. Mookini Library, heavy pupus and non-alcoholic refreshments, an opportunity to join the Friends of the Edwin H. Mookini Library, an opportunity to Adopt-A-Book in honor of a loved one or celebration of a special event, an opportunity to purchase a collectible holiday ornament, presentation of the 2004 Friend of the Year Award, and an opportunity to purchase items from the Library’s perpetual book sale.

“This year the Borders in Hilo is partnering with the Mookini Library. Borders has agreed to set up a special table at Night in the Stacks to sell books and items authored by UH Hilo and HawCC faculty authors and artists,” Golian-Lui said.
“In addition to selling Dr. Bergin’s book, Dr. Rick Castberg, Ms. Chris Loos, Drs. Sonia Juvik and Don Hemmes, and Mrs. Ester 'Kiki' Mookini will be available at the Border’s table from 5 pm until 6:30 pm to personalize and sign copies of their books. Borders will donate 15% of all sales that night to the Friends of the Edwin H. Mookini Library Foundation.

“Guests will also receive a coupon for a special December 4th promotion at Borders that will support the Mookini Library. All purchases made at the Borders bookstore in Hilo on December 4th using the special coupon will generate an additional 15% donation of the total purchase by Borders to the Friends of the Edwin H. Mookini Library Foundation. If you cannot attend the November 19th fundraising event, you can contact Ms. Lori Hu at 974-7759 or to have a Borders coupon mailed to you for the December 4th promotion,” she added.

The Friends of the Edwin H. Mookini Library will be unveiling, and selling, a custom-made holiday ornament during the fundraiser created by Ornaments to Remember. The ornament highlights are hand blown and hand painted with a picture of the Edwin H. Mookini Library. A limited supply of 200 ornaments will be available for purchase for $20.

In addition, students in the HawCC Food Services program will showcase eight special desserts, including petite marble cakes, assorted cookies, custard and chocolate mochi, macadamia crispies, assorted cheese cakes, fruit tortes, strawberry tarts and miniature swans.

Attire for the event is aloha casual. The festivities are free, with a suggested donation of $25 per person. Reservations are required. All donations are tax deductible. Each $25 tax-deductible contribution provides the donor with an opportunity to Adopt-A-Book in honor of a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion. Examples of recently adopted books from the 2003 event will be on display during the fund raiser.

For reservations, contact Myrtle Hara by November 12 at 974-7568 or All UH students are invited to attend at no charge with an advanced reservation and a valid student picture ID the night of the event.

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