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Special hardware science event for keiki at eight Big Island libraries


In celebration of the 2014 HSPLS Children’s Summer Reading Program, HouseMart Ace Hardware and HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts will present “Hardware Science,” a free event at eight Big Island public libraries from Tuesday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 18.

Children ages 8 and older are invited to explore all things related to science and will learn some Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) concepts. In this one-hour program, children will learn how to think like a scientist and experience live science demonstrations using simple equipment and tools available at hardware and craft stores.

This year’s Children’s Summer Reading Program theme “Fizz, Boom, Read” will allow children – preschool-age to those entering grade 6 this fall – to experiment with building lava lamps, launching rockets and creating a solar system mobile.

Attend a “Hardware Science” program event at these libraries:

  • June 3, 3 p.m. – Naalehu Public Library (tel. 939-2442)
  • June 4, 10 a.m. – Mt. View Public & School Library (tel. 968-2322)
  • June 4, 10 a.m. – North Kohala Public Library (tel. 869-6655)
  • June 4, 3 p.m. – Kailua-Kona Public Library (tel. 327-4327)
  • June 16, 10 a.m. – Pahala Public & School Library (tel. 928-2015)
  • June 18, 10 a.m. – Keaau Public & School Library (tel. 982-4281)
  • June 18, 10 a.m. – Honokaa Public Library (tel. 775-8881)
  • June 18, 5:30 p.m. – Kealakekua Public Library (tel. 323-7585)

The event schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

Sponsors for the 2014 HSPLS Summer Reading Programs include the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Atherton Family Foundation, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, HEI Charitable Foundation, Meadow Gold Dairies, HMS Host, Hansen Distribution Group, Armstrong Produce, DFS Hawaii, Roberts Hawaii, Toshiba Business Solutions, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, National Football League Charities, Aloha United Way, Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund through the Hawaii Community Foundation, and local Friends Chapters.

Corporate sponsors include McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii, Hawaii Pizza Hut, Frito-Lay of Hawaii, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region, HouseMart Ace Hardware and HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts, HONOLULU Family, Starbucks Coffee Company, and Thinker Toys Kahala Mall. Performance programs are made possible through generous grants and donations, and are sponsored in part 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 about this event or about the 2014 HSPLS Children’s, Teen, or Adult Summer Reading Programs, please visit, like us at, follow us on, or call the hosting library.

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