Get fit with summer reading programs

This summer, don’t get left on the beach or in the sidelines. Challenge yourself to the sport of reading with two summer reading programs in Hawaii.

2016 Summer Reading Program

* Children, teens, and adults can get fit with books during the Hawaii State Public Libraries Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 5 through July 16, 2016. Registration begins on May 31. Everyone can read books, fill out a book list, and return to the library to pick up a prize. This year’s theme is all about fitness, and libraries are hosting various events to strengthen our bodies and minds – like the “Get Moving with Ronald McDonald show.

Your brain is like a muscle – exercise it! Reading books can warm-up your imagination, strengthen your memory, build your concentration, and give your problem-solving skills a workout.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

* Children in grades 1-6 can earn a free book in Barnes and Noble’s “Summer Reading Triathlon.” Between May 17 and September 6, 2016, kids need to read at least three books, fill out a Reading Journal, and choose a book from the book list. To encourage kids to think of reading as a sport, one that takes practice and commitment, the Summer Reading Triathlon asks readers about a book that made you read faster (sprint), the longest book you have read (marathon), the series in which you have read the most books (weight lifting), and a book that made you stretch your imagination (gymnastics). There’s a Barnes and Noble in Honolulu, Oahu and Lahaina, Maui.

Enter the knock-out round with a free printable activity kit that helps kids identify their favorite authors and illustrators, differentiate between fiction and nonfiction books, compare historical or fictional people who have faced challenges, and imagine a new sporting event.

You can even create your own reading triathlon.

  • Read biographies about a famous swimmer like Duke Kahanamoku; a leading cyclist like Lance Armstrong; and a prominent runner like Florence “Flo-Jo” Griffith Joyner.
  • Read adventures set in the ocean like Graham Salisbury’s “Calvin Coconut: Man Trip” or Jules Verne’s “Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”; road-trips like Van James’ “Ancient Sites of Oahu” or Bill Bryson’s “The Lost Continent”; and tales of travel like Austin Aslan’s “The Islands at the End of the World” or L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

I challenge all of you to keep your mind and eyes in shape! What will you read this summer?

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