Comics, books, music, and storytelling in Hawaii

Coming up is an awesome weekend of comics, books, music, and storytelling in Hawaii!

Free Comic Book Day 2014

* Indulge your love of comic books! Comic books encourage a love of reading, spur our imaginations, feed our appreciation for art, and teach us values – like doing the right thing and “With great power comes great responsibility.” And they’re fun to read!

On May 3, you can get a free special edition comic book for yourself or a friend, courtesy of Free Comic Book Day. Readers can choose from titles such as “Hello Kitty Surprise,” “Transformers vs. G.I. Joe,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Public libraries across the state will give away free comic books, but you must have a Hawaii Library card (free for Hawaii residents and military). On Oahu, stop by a public library in Aiea, Aina Haina, Hawaii Kai, Kailua, Kalihi-Palama, Kapolei, McCully-Moiliili, Mililani, Salt Lake-Moanalua, Waikiki-Kapahulu, Waimanalo, or Waipahu. Be on the lookout for Star Wars costumed characters, who will show up at selected libraries. On the Big Island, check out the public libraries in Hilo and at Thelma Parker Memorial. On Kauai, stop by the Princeville Public Library. On Maui, public libraries in Kihei and Lahaina are participating.

Hawaii Book and Music Festival

* Immerse yourself in books, music, and storytelling! Books and music are doorways to free our minds, as Morpheus might say. They can teach us about history and different cultures, show us different points of view, expand our vocabulary, develop reasoning skills, and improve our writing. Music can improve our mood, help us with visualization, and reduce our stress.

On May 3 and 4, spend the day at the 9th Annual Hawaii Book and Music Festival, on the Civic Grounds outside Honolulu Hale. Watch short movies, listen to authors reading their works and musicians performing songs, and attend panel discussions about local issues. Bring some gently-used books to exchange in the Book Swap, and leave with new-to-you books.

Kids can take pictures with costumed characters like The Cat in the Hat and Curious George; work off their excitement on jumpers and keiki rides; listen to kids reading poetry and prose; and bring in their books to swap with others.

What books and comics are you reading now? Who are your favorite authors?

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