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Get fit with summer reading programs

May 24, 2016

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?


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?

2014 Summer reading programs in Hawaii

May 27, 2014

Two summer reading programs in Hawaii are underway! As you head for the beach, cheer a sports game, pack for a picnic, or take a hike, slip a book into your bag – and get rewarded for it.

Hawaii Public Libraries Summer Reading

* Fizz Boom Read to Spark a Reaction with Literary Elements! Registration starts today for summer reading programs for all ages at Hawaii Public Libraries. Children and teens are encouraged to explore all things science, while adults are challenged to learn more about the world around us. Everyone can sign up to read more books, participate in science experiments, and win cool prizes.

Last year, 27,769 people registered for the “Can You Dig It!” summer reading program and read 305,885 books in five weeks! How many more books can we read this year?

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

* Where will your imagination take you? Barnes and Noble is sponsoring a summer reading program, Imagination’s Destination, for children in first through sixth grades. Between May 20 and September 2, when kids read 8 books and fill out a reading journal, they can turn it in at Barnes and Noble in Honolulu or Lahaina for a free book from the book list! Parents and teachers can download a free Summer Reading Activity Guide.

What books will you read this summer? Challenge your friends and family to read!