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North Hawaii libraries begin summer reading programs

With schools ending for summer break, all three North Hawaii public libraries — in Waimea, North Kohala and Honokaa — are once again offering summer reading programs to help students and adults continue to develop a love of reading.

At the Thelma Parker Memorial Public Library, registration has already begun for the free, five-week program, from June 2 through July 6. Their Summer Reading Program kickoff party is 1-3 p.m., Saturday, June 1.

Participants who read at least one book per week are eligible to receive a free weekly reading incentive, while supplies last. There are also additional premiums, such as books, for fulfilling additional reading requirements. Finally there are contests for each reading program category with special prizes. Participants in the children’s program may enter a lucky drawing to win a “Gardening Fun” Gift Basket; teens can win an iPod Shuffle or Notebook, and adults have an opportunity to win a Nook HD tablet. In addition to reading, the programs also include special activities. On Wednesdays during the program, at 1 p.m., is a simple science craft for children 7 years of age and up. From 5 to 7 p.m., is college counseling: How to select, apply to, and get financial aid for college. On Thursdays at 10 a.m., is a preschool story hour followed by a craft. On Fridays at 1 p.m. is crafting for students 6 years old and up.

On Saturdays: June 8, at 2 p.m. is a class of crafts for adults; June 15 is an all day movies marathon for teens and adults; June 22, at 11 a.m., is a special performance by Dave DelRocco of “Stories from around the World” for ages 5 through 12, and June 2, is an “Alice in Wonderland” Scavenger Hunt for teens.

For more information, visit the Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library at 67-1209 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, or call 887-6067.

North Kohala Public Library summer reading program, with the theme “Dig Into Reading!” is May 28 to July 5.

Each child, teen, or adult who registers and maintains a reading list will receive a different prize every week. The program is open to all ages and includes grand prize drawings for teens and adults in addition to the weekly incentives for visiting the library.

The North Kohala Library five-week program includes family movie nights and story time programs highlight the activities

Preschoolers are invited to story times at 10 a.m. each Friday. The stories, games, and crafts will have themes of digging gardens, digging machines, and digging animals.

At 6:30 p.m. each Monday evening through June and mid-July, the library will present family films with a “digging” theme. Beginning with “Wreck It Ralph” on June 3, the schedule includes, “Brave,” “Rise of the Guardians,” “Hoot,” and “Gnomeo and Juliet.”

Please contact the library three weeks in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed. For a full schedule or information, visit the library, or call 889-6655.

The Honokaa Library is also participating in the summer reading program. For a full schedule, contact the library at 775-8881 or visit their location at 45-3380 Mamane St., Building 3, in Honokaa.