Posted tagged ‘Summer Reading’

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?


No more sad, lonely school libraries

July 22, 2014

School Libraries

During the summer, many school libraries are sad, lonely places. At my son’s school, the doors are closed and there is no librarian to tend to the books. At the elementary school that hosts summer school, the library is used as an office, and the books sit unopened on shelves.

I know that the Hawaii Public Libraries do a wonderful job of hosting special events, summer reading programs, and movie nights. I know that the Hawaii Department of Education never seems to have enough money. I know that some schools don’t even have libraries.

But school libraries have so much potential for encouraging reading! They are in the heart of the community. Kids visit them or walk past them every school day. Parents are just walking distance away whenever they pick up their children from school.

If kids don’t see the value of books… if parents are indifferent to reading… if public libraries are too far away… school libraries are on the front lines, teaching everyone the importance of reading.

Here are 3 low-cost ways that school libraries could reach out to the community:

1. School libraries could host evening classes. In every community, there are people with so much knowledge to share, from their jobs or hobbies! School libraries could survey parents to find out what skills they could share with the rest of the school, from lei-making and scrapbooking to remodeling a home or planting a garden. Parents could even talk about their jobs to students in an informal “Career Night.” If school libraries have computers, they could even host a computer class for adults, taught by a volunteer parent.
The cost: utilities; a school administrator, one night a week. School libraries could ask parent organizations to volunteer, create flyers, and pay for refreshments.

2. School libraries could host community book nights. School libraries could invite parents and the community to monthly Book Nights. Informal readers could talk about their favorite books, make book recommendations, and share book suggestions for their kids. More serious readers could form a Book Club to choose books to read and discuss. To get more kids involved, there could be book cover art contests or “dress as your favorite character” theme nights.
The cost: utilities; a school administrator, one night a month. School libraries could ask parent organizations to volunteer, create flyers, and pay for refreshments.

3. School libraries could open during the summer – even if it’s just one morning each week. It could be staffed by parent volunteers.
The cost: utilities. Since school administration is year-round, they could open and close the library for community volunteers.

Aside from buying more books, here’s the single best way that schools can support school libraries:

* Schools could devote space to the librarian in their newsletters. At one local elementary school, the librarian has a whole page to talk about reading tips and book recommendations! This shows kids that the school values the library and reading books.
The cost: little to nothing. Many school newsletters are now electronic. If newsletters are printed, it would cost less than $25 to print an additional page.

When was the last time you visited a school library? What did your school librarians teach you?

2013 Summer reading programs in Hawaii

May 28, 2013

School is out and summer is in! Between heading to the beach, heating up the grill, or jumping into sports, pick up a book and join a free summer reading program!

Hawaii State Public Libraries - Summer Reading

* Win prizes at Hawaii Public Libraries! There are Summer Reading Programs for all ages – children, teens, and adults – organized by the Friends of the Library and corporate and community sponsors. Read at least one book every week, and you could earn incentives (while supplies last). Registration begins on May 28; the programs run from June 2 through July 6, 2013. There will also be special performances by storytellers and artists at select libraries!

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading 2013

* Earn a FREE book at Barnes & Noble! The “Imagination’s Destination” Summer Reading program lets kids can earn a free book (from a selected book list) by reading any eight books and sharing their recommendations. The program runs between May 21 and September 3, 2013. You can also download an activity kit with worksheets about favorite authors, the differences between fiction and non-fiction, playing roles, and using your imagination.

* Earn rewards at US Army Hawaii Libraries! There are Summer Reading Programs for the entire family! Read at least one book every week, and you can earn a prize (while supplies last). Packet pickup starts on June 3; the programs run from June 10 through July 13, 2013. There will also be weekly entertainment at Fort Shafter Library and Sgt Yano Library. For DoD eligible ID card holders and family members only.

* Sharpen your reading skills! The University of Hawaii at West Oahu offers fee-based Summer Reading Programs in Honolulu, Kaneohe, and on-campus. The programs can help children and adults become more fluent and effective readers. Programs start in June or July 2013 and meet once a week for five weeks.

Remember – keep on reading, even when the programs end. Books can take you to more places than you can imagine!