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Build a better world with 2017 summer reading programs

May 30, 2017

School may be out, but books are always in. Hawaii residents are lucky to participate in two long-time summer reading programs.

For readers of all ages, the Hawaii Public Libraries is sponsoring a summer reading program from June 4 to July 15, 2017 for children, teens, and adults. For the first time readers can register online using Beanstack, where you can earn badges and set reading goals. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World” Each library has different activities and prizes, but you need a valid library card to participate.

During the 2014 summer reading program the most recent library data I could find, 29,847 participants read 358,660 books. Wouldn’t it be amazing if 100,000 readers signed up this year?

In addition to reading books, you can also support your local library by volunteering with the Friends of the Library of Hawaii. Help out during the summer reading program and throughout the year – such as shelving books, selling used books, counting visitors, or donning a costume to delight the kids. Contact your local branch to ask how you can help build a better local library.

Students in grades 1-6 can also join the Barnes and Noble summer reading program, from May 16 to September 5, 2017. Students can read any eight books this summer and record them in the Summer Reading Journal, along with a note about your favorite part, and you can earn a FREE book from the book list on the back of the journal. There are two Barnes and Noble stores in Hawaii, in Honolulu, Oahu and Lahaina, Maui.


Mahalo to Hawaii Public Libraries and Barnes and Noble, for encouraging readers, discovery, and imagination.

What books will you read this summer? What does building a better world mean to you?


2015 summer reading programs in Hawaii

May 26, 2015

This summer, when you’re planning to lounge at the beach or relax in the park, take a new friend – a book, a magazine, a graphic novel – with you. While idling before an appointment, standing in line, or waiting for the bus, take out a book and read. Before rushing home after work, avoid heavy traffic and read a book. And don’t forget to pack a book for your children, your nieces and nephews, and young cousins.

In addition to learning new things and delving into new worlds, you can get rewarded for reading. There are two reading programs in Hawaii:

Hawaii Public Libraries Summer Reading 2015

* The Hawaii Public Libraries Summer Reading Program, May 31 to July 18, 2015. Children, teens, and adults can read at least one book each week and earn cool prizes. There are three reading programs: “Every Hero Has a Story” for elementary students, “Unmask!” for teens, and “Escape the Ordinary” for adults. We can all read a book about a famous or significant person in history, write about the influential people in our lives, or even create our own superhero.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading 2015

* The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program, “Imagination’s Destination,” May 19 to September 7, 2015. Elementary students in grades 1-6 can read 8 books, record them in the Reading Journal, and turn in their Reading Journal for a free book from the book list (there are stores located in Honolulu, Oahu and Lahaina, Maui). Download a free printable Summer Reading Kit to help kids keep track of favorite books, explore different genres, and more.

There is even a national reading program that you can join online:

* The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free online program that runs from May 4 through September 4, 2015. Kids can log the minutes they spend reading, play games, earn virtual rewards, and enter sweepstakes, all in an effort to set a new reading world record for summer 2015!

What books will you read this summer? Where are your favorite places to read?