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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?


Read more books in 2015

January 20, 2015

On January 1, my family and I sat down and filled out a “Year in Review” page. Under “Favorite Book,” I couldn’t choose just one; I finally picked “Murder of Crows.” My 8-year old son wrote, “Bunny Double, We’re In Trouble!” And my husband humorously answered, “Facebook.”

Coincidentally, on January 2, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, posted his personal challenge: “My challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week — with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.” He also created a community page titled “A Year of Books” to post what he’s reading and discuss the books he’s read. I think this a wonderful personal challenge for all of us.

National Readathon 2015

For readers who like to combine books and doing good, we can start on Saturday, January 24, 2015 with the first National Readathon Day. Penguin Random House, GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation have partnered with to encourage reading and raise money to improve literacy and reading proficiency for millions of Americans. You can help by reading a book – any book at all, joining a fundraising team, or even hosting a “reading party” in your local community.

GoodReads 2015 Reading Challenge

Want to read even more this year? Take the GoodReads 2015 Reading Challenge. Just decide on the number of books you want to read in 2015 and start the challenge. You can add books to your “to read” or “currently reading” shelves. When you mark your books as “read,” GoodReads tracks your books. In 2014, over 670,000 participants read over 19 million books.

It’s not too early to start Reading Resolutions for kids. I found two free printable reading resolutions for kids: Scholastic’s “New Year’s Reading Resolutions” (it’s dated 2014, but it’s timeless); Success Academy Charter Schools’ “Reading Resolutions: Make 2015 Your Family’s Best Year of Reading Yet!” Both of them encourage children to read more, try new genres, and share reading recommendations. For more ambitious kids, Scholastic has a checklist of “100 New Year’s Reading Resolutions” like “Read my best friend’s favorite book” and “Read 100 books this year.”

Have you made any new year’s resolutions? Will you join a reading challenge? What books will you read this year?