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Sign up for Summer Reading Programs at your Library


Readers of all ages are invited to participate in the 2011 HSPLS Summer Reading Programs which will be conducted from May 31 through July 1. The free five-week programs at public libraries will feature outstanding, family-friendly storytelling performances by noted storytellers and artists.

Participants who visit the library weekly and read at least one book per week are eligible to receive a free weekly reading incentive, while supplies last. Contact your local public library for starting dates and guidelines.

This year’s programs and themes are:

  • Children (infants to children entering grade 6 this fall) – “One World, Many Stories” will feature books and stories designed to encourage young readers to explore places from Oceania to Russia.
  • Teen (students entering grade 7 through 2011 high school graduates) – “You Are Here” will highlight books, ebooks, and DVDs that encourage teens to explore different places and genres such as science fiction, non-fiction, manga, graphic novels, travel, geocaching, road trips, and geography. Teens can enter in-branch prize drawings for a chance to win Apple iPod Shuffles, courtesy of the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, and regional electronic prizes and personal pan pizza certificates, provided by corporate sponsor Hawaii Pizza Hut.
  • Adult (patrons 18 and older) – “Novel Destinations” will feature books that encourage adults to explore exotic locales including Hawaii, other countries and cultures, dream vacations, mysteries set in other countries, novels in translation, and Hawaiiana.

The 2011 HSPLS Summer Reading Programs have a record number of sponsors this year, including the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Marriott Resorts Hawaii, Ko Olina Resort & Marina, Meadow Gold Dairies, HMS Host, Hansen Distribution Group, ING Foundation, Armstrong Produce, Bowman Connectivity Solutions, Inc., Girard’s Dressing, Roberts Hawaii Tours, Toshiba Business Solutions, DFS Hawaii, NFL Charities, First Hawaiian Bank, Aloha United Way, and The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Corporate and other sponsors include McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii, Hawaii Pizza Hut, Frito-Lay of Hawaii, Diamond Bakery Ltd., First Insurance Company of Hawaii, American Chemical Society, Mutual Publishing, The Islander Group, and local Chapter Friends. Performances featuring artists from the Statewide Cultural Extension Program are co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii’s Outreach College, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, please visit or call your local library.

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