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Thelma Parker Memorial Library kicks off monthlong summer reading program

Students build robots at the kickoff of the Thelma Parker Library summer reading program on May 31. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM | NHN)
Students build robots at the kickoff of the Thelma Parker Library summer reading program on May 31. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM | NHN)
Third grader David Hoopaugh adds a few embellishments to his robot. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Third grader David Hoopaugh adds a few embellishments to his robot. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Noah and Makamae Scalf make a robot at the Thelma Parker Library Summer Reading Program Reading Program. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Noah and Makamae Scalf make a robot at the Thelma Parker Library Summer Reading Program Reading Program. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Kawena Campbell, left, and Sophia Whitesell show their winning robot. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Kawena Campbell, left, and Sophia Whitesell show their winning robot. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Billie Lokotui poses with her robot named Billie Bot. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Billie Lokotui poses with her robot named Billie Bot. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Cynthia Buckles paints the face of a student at the Thelma Parker Library in Waimea on May 31. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Cynthia Buckles paints the face of a student at the Thelma Parker Library in Waimea on May 31. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Head librarian Pam Akao demonstrates a science experiment with Diet Coke and Mentos at the summer reading kickoff event on May 31. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Head librarian Pam Akao demonstrates a science experiment with Diet Coke and Mentos at the summer reading kickoff event on May 31. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)

Robots, goop, face painting and science experiments were some of the fun activities enjoyed by about 40 young students at the launch party for the Thelma Parker Memorial Library Summer Program on May 31.

“Fizz, Boom, Read” is the theme for this year’s statewide summer reading program for students of all ages and adults. Participants who read at least one book per week can receive a prize. Enthusiastic readers who finish 10 books or more get to participate in a fun, science-related activity. KTA also helped with donations for the Summer Reading Program Launch Party.

Pam Akao, the Thelma Parker Memorial Library’s head librarian, said that keeping the program fun, interesting and unique each year is a team effort – teen volunteers help run the reading program weekly activities and the Friends of the Library help finance the program.

From now until July 12—two weeks longer than the statewide program – the Waimea library’s activities will include a weekly Wednesday Game Day at 1 p.m., on Thursdays at 10 a.m. is a preschool reading time with science crafts at 2 p.m., and on Friday nights starting at 5:30 p.m. is an adult movie night complete with popcorn. Movies suitable for students older than 13 will include “The Help” on June 13, “Interview with a Vampire” on June 20, and others. Check with the library for the movie schedule.

The library will also offer a “Welcome to the Library” for pre-kindergarten students. On June 25, the library will also offer a “Greywolf Cultures of the World” at 6 p.m. On June 28 starting at 6:30 p.m. is a Family Game Night, and on July 9, the library will demonstrate soap making.

“I want to make it fun and interesting,” Akao said of the activities. She said the more books students read, the bigger the incentive prizes.

“it’s important to get them in here and to make it cool to be in the library,” Akao said. “I like them to be familiar with it here. If they feel comfortable, they will come, especially teens.”

The Thelma Parker Memorial Library hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, except for Wednesdays. Wednesday hours are from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.,. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information and for a complete schedule, stop by the library, call them at 887-6067, or visit the Friends of Thelma Parker Library Facebook page.