2011 Summer Reading Programs in Hawaii

Hooray! Summer is here! Whether you’re lazing on the beach or jumping into sports, I encourage all of you to join a free summer reading program.

* The Hawaii Public Libraries Summer Reading Programs are for all ages – children, teens, and adults – organized by the Friends of the Library and corporate and community sponsors. Read at least one book every week, and you could win a prize just for reading. Challenge your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to sign up for a reading program too! The programs run from May 31 to July 1, 2011.

* Barnes & Noble “Imagination’s Destination” Summer Reading lets kids earn a free book (from a selected book list) by reading any eight books and sharing their recommendations. The program runs between May 24 and September 6, 2011.

* Borders Double-Dog Dare Summer Reading Challenge dares kids under 12 to read 10 books this summer – and rewards them with a free book (from a selected book list). The program runs from June 1 through September 5, 2011.

* The Old Spaghetti Factory’s Rewards of Reading lets children 10 years and younger earn a free Kid’s Meal by reading just five books (for every free Kids meal, an adult entrée must be purchased). The program is year-round.

Remember – don’t stop reading when the programs end! As Mark Twain wrote, “Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

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