Library Lounge: Not Your Granny's Crochet

At the next Library Lounge, on December 7, we will be learning to crochet. This is not your granny's crochet! We will have patterns for amigurumi (Japanese crocheted dolls) for the more advanced crocheter. If you are new to crochet, you will be shown some easy stitches and how to make a simple bag for a phone or camera.

Bring a size F or G crochet needle and some worsted weight yarn (like Red Heart from the Ben Franklin store or Walmart) or some ribbon yarn (not regular ribbon, this yarn is in the yarn section and comes in a ball).

The Library Lounge is held Mondays from 5-6 PM at the MCC Library. Coffee and snacks are provided.

Wow, they wore that!?

On display now in the library are clothing and items from the 1920s to the 1970s. See an actual "flapper compact" your great grandmother might have used when she when out dancing! Or how about that bright polyester double-knit jacket! Sweet! And let's not forget the pop art muʻumuʻu, groovy!

There are books and DVDs for you to borrow. Some notable items are "How to be a Man" and "Pandora's Box." Come over and take a look. It's the bee's knees!

By the way, the picture is a 1929 image of actress Louise Brooks. She epitomized the 1920s' flapper.

Library Lounge: Doodle Embroidery

Today in the Library: Freeform & Doodle Embroidery

Maui CC student (and successful "conscious embroidery" business owner) Robin will lead us through some basic free-form embroidery techniques. Supplies provided.

All Library Lounge events are free. Everyone, welcome!

Visit Robin's etsy shop to view her work:

“Library Lounge”

Fresh & Fun Craft Events, Every Monday Evening in the Library, 5-6pm.

Updates posted to:

Here are the planned events for the next four Mondays:

  • Monday, Nov 16: T-Shirt Deconstructing & Reconstructing (Bring a t-shirt to cut and a pair of fabric scissors)
  • Monday, Nov 23: Freeform & Doodle Embroidery
  • Monday, Nov 30: Retro Hairstyles from the 30s and 40s (Bring a friend to practice hairstyles on. Both men’s and women’s styles)
  • Monday, Dec 4: Beginning Crochet: Crocheted Critters (Bring crochet needles if you have them)

Everyone’s welcome to the Library Lounge events and they are free!! Refreshments served.

Please address inquiries to Ellen at

Read Kindle Books on Your Computer

Now you can read Kindle books on your computer, no Kindle needed! Amazon has just released a Windows based Kindle reader!
  • Get the best reading experience available on your PC. No Kindle required
  • Access your Kindle books even if you don't have your Kindle with you
  • Automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync
  • Create bookmarks and view the annotations you created on your Kindle

Library closed during winter break

The library will completely closed during the winter break, December 21 to January 4. You will not be able to clear your library fines or obligations during that time. You will be able to reach a librarian for reference help, but the librarian will not be able to help you with fines or fees. You will need to clear your fines or fees before December 21 or after January 4.

Please be aware that outstanding fines or fees may bar you from being able to register.

Illegal P2P file sharing

Are you using the UH network to download and/or share music, movies, TV shows, or software using P2P software such as BitTorrent, Limewire, eDonkey? Do you have legal permission to do so? If the answer is "NO" or if you're not sure, STOP IMMEDIATELY! Downloading or sharing copyrighted information (music, movies, TV shows, software, etc.) without permission is ILLEGAL.

The University of Hawaii (UH) will investigate any copyright violation allegations. Copyright infringers may be liable for up to $150,000 per item infringed upon, plus attorney fees and possible criminal penalties in addition to any UH disciplinary sanctions.

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Faculty workshop

Ellen Peterson, our wonderful MCC librarian, will give us an overview of how to use Zotero, [zoh-TAIR-oh] a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help collect, manage, cite, and share all types of research sources. Come this Friday, Sept. 11 to the library classroom from 12:30 to 1:00 or so before Faculty Senate.

Back to School: 15 Essential Web Tools for Students

For much of the world, it’s that special time of the year when students head back to school. The good news for students is that even though that means waking up early and doing homework, there are a number of web-based and social tools to help you get through the school year. From staying organized to improving study habits to making sure you reference your research sources properly, the web can help you be a better student.


Having trouble getting your textbooks? Try iChapters. At this website, for a fee, you can download a chapter or an entire book. iChapters is a division of Cengage Learning, a leading publisher of print and digital information services for the academic, professional and library markets.

Google Docs

The library's computers do not have MS Word installed. These computers are specifically purposed for accessing the Internet. If you need to do some word processing and do not want to go to Ka Lama Computer Lab or The Learning Center, try Google Docs. You will need to set up a Google account.

Once you have a Google Docs account you can:

Create basic documents from scratch or start from a template.

You can easily do all the basics, including making bulleted lists, sorting by columns, adding tables, images, comments, formulas, changing fonts and more. And it's free.

Upload your existing files.
Google Docs accepts most popular file formats, including DOC, XLS, ODT, ODS, RTF, CSV, PPT, etc. So go ahead and upload your existing files.

Familiar desktop feel makes editing a breeze.
Just click the toolbar buttons to bold, underline, indent, change font or number format, change cell background color and so on.


WebVoyáge, the Voyager online catalog web interface, has been completely redesigned. The new interface offers library patrons improved functionalities based on usability studies and the input of numerous focus groups conducted over the last couple of years. The new WebVoyáge “look and feel” with a modern easy-to-use layout.

In addition to the improved look and feel, the new interface incorporates design elements that make
WebVoyáge more accessible, as outlined in the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative and U.S. Federal Section 508 standards. Ex Libris worked in close collaboration with the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as part of the IBHE Web Accessibility Consortium, using the iCITA HTML Best Practices guidelines for accessible design.

DVDs, CDs galore!

Did you know the MCC Library has hundreds of DVDs and CDs for students to borrow? There is no charge and you can borrow up to 10 items at a time! Pass the popcorn!

We're cooking!

MCC chef and instructor, Dean Louie has put together an awesome display of cooking implements and books from the MCC Library cookery collection. Chef Louie is also a graduate student in the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Library and Information Science Program. He is doing an internship at the MCC Library this summer.

If you had not realized it, MCC Library has a wonderful cookery collection. The collection supports the college's culinary arts program.

Get Satisfaction!

Have a questions, comment, or great idea for the library? Let us know at our new Get Satisfaction widget! You can post a question, look at answers, and help us make the college's library a better place.

Tour of the library part 1

The tour of the library after renovations (Part 1)

Julius Agdeppa
Alickz Pasalo
Anna Sable
Beverly Queja

Camera & Edit:
Maria C. & Beverly Q.

Software used: Microsoft Movie Maker & Final Cut Express
Music: made in Garage Band software


Thanks to our wonderful maintenance crew the library now has seismic struts installed. These struts will help prevent the "domino-effect" on the shelves in the event of an earthquake. Go to our flickr page to see more photos of the guys in action.

Honor a loved one or special person with a donation to the library's Celebration Fund. Donations to this fund purchase much needed materials for the library. Donation levels are:

  • $10 or more - you will recieve a Celebration card to send to your honoree
  • $25 or more - same as $10 PLUS a bookplate naming your honoree will be placed in a new book
  • $50 or more - same as $25 PLUS the book will be in a subject of your choice

Dr Bob and the brush

The library is hosting MCC music professor and composer Robert Wehrman's paintings this summer. Polymath Dr. Bob is also the author of the newly published book The unnatural act : rock, rhythm, and blues in the Nam, a memoir about the a soldier's experiences in country during the Viet-Nam War.

Summer Hours

Summer hours start May 18.

Monday - Thursday 10am to 6pm
Friday 10am to 3pm

closed Saturday and Sunday and all state holidays

Earth Day

Come celebrate Earth Day at the library. We have a informative display, freebies, and food!!

Art in the library

The MCC Student Art show is now on in the library. Come over and see the wonderful creations by the Fall and Spring art classes.

Blue in the library

Psychology of Color: Blue

Ask people their favorite color and a clear majority will say blue. Much of the world is blue (skies, seas). Seeing the color blue actually causes the body to produce chemicals that are calming.... Over the ages blue has become associated with steadfastness, dependability, wisdom and loyalty (note how many uniforms are blue). People tend to be more productive in a blue room because they are calm and focused on the task at hand. Some studies are showing that weight lifters can lift more weight in a blue gym - in fact, nearly all sports are enhanced in blue surroundings.

Library reopening blessing

Come to the library's reopening blessing!

Thursday, February 26th

11am to 1:30pm

fun and food will be provided!

Library's Open!

Spring 2009 Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9am to 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am to 3pm