2000 Nēnē Award Event

The official Press Conference to honor the 2000 Nēnē Award Winner and announce the 200Nēnēne Award Winner was held on March 16, 2001 at the McCully-Moiliili Public Library. Since author J.K. Rowling was unable to be present, her acceptance letter was read by a student. The Poster and Essay Contest winners were introduced, and shared their winning entries. State Librarian Virginia Lowell made the announcement of the 2001 Winner, Holes by Louis Sachar.

The library meeting room was decorated with many of the poster submissions, and those attending were impressed with the amount of talent and wide range of scenes from the book that were depicted. Many of the posters were displayed later that month at the Edna Allyn Children's Room of the Hawai'i State Library.

Another announcement event was held the following day at the kick-off ceremonies for National Library Week at the Ward Warehouse.

photo of 4 students doing programmed reading

Students from Aina Haina Elementary School present a programmed reading of the scene where Harry goes to Olivander's Wand Shop.

photo of the two essay winners on stage

Essay winners share their selections.

photo of 6th grade essay winner reading

The sixth grade essay winner, Coleen, reads her essay with the winning posters in the background.

photo of magician on stage

A magician entertained the crowd of Potter fans with tricks that inspired oohs and ahhs, completing his act by putting slips of paper with the names of Nēnē eligible books into his magic pan and drawing out the name of the 2001 winner, Holes.

photo of the children in the audience
photo of the magician announcing the book Holes as the winner

After the program, the poster and essay winners who were able to come to the program posed for pictures.

photo of the poster and essay contest winners

Activities at the Ward Warehouse event included a Harry Potter Game, and a table with information about the Nēnē Award and past winners.

the Harry Potter game table
librarians at the Nene Award table


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