The Hawaii State Public Library System Summer Reading Programs for all ages is from June 1 through Saturday, July 12. Registration for the free six-week programs at all 50 public libraries statewide begins on Tuesday, May 27. Some libraries may extend their programs beyond the July 12 date; contact your local library for dates and other guidelines.
Participants of all three HSPLS Summer Reading Programs who visit their local library and read at least one book per week are eligible to receive a free weekly reading incentive, while supplies last. In addition to reading, the programs will feature performances by artists from the University of Hawaii’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program. Performance programs will be highlighted on the HSPLS website.
This year’s programs will explore all things related to science. The Children’s Summer Reading Program theme “Fizz, Boom, Read” will allow children – preschool-age to those entering grade six this fall – to experiment with building lava lamps, launching rockets and creating a solar system mobile. HouseMart Ace Hardware and Ben Franklin Crafts will present “Hardware Science,” a special program featuring hands-on experiences using simple equipment and tools available at hardware and craft stores, for ages 8 and older in selected Big Island, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu libraries. The activities and this program will provide keiki with a fun learning experience about science, technology, engineering, arts and math concepts.
Science exploration continues for teens – students entering grade 7 to 2014 high school graduates –with “Spark a Reaction,” the theme of the Teen Summer Reading Program, and for adults – patrons age 18 and older – with “Literary Elements,” the Adult Summer Reading Program theme.
Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library is located at 67-1209 Mamalahoa Hwy in Kamuela. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday; closed Sunday and Monday. For updates about the library’s activities and holidays, like The Friends of Thelma Parker Library on Facebook and add to your interests. For more information call 887-6067.