Readers of all ages are invited to participate in the 2014 Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) Summer Reading Programs, which will be conducted Sunday, June 1, through Saturday, July 12.
Registration for the free six-week programs at 50 public libraries statewide begins Tuesday, May 27. Some libraries might extend their programs beyond the July 12 date, so contact your local library for dates and other guidelines, said state libraries spokesman Paul Mark.
Participants 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 storytellers and artists.
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 sixth grade this fall — to experiment with building lava lamps, launching rockets and creating a solar system mobile, and have fun learning about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts &Math) concepts along the way.
Exploring science continues for teens — students entering seventh grade to 2014 high school graduates — through the Teen Summer Reading Program theme “Spark a Reaction” and for adults — patrons age 18 and older — through “Literary Elements,” the theme of the Adult Summer Reading Program.
The 2014 Summer Reading Programs are sponsored through a grant from 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 and local Friends Chapters.
Corporate sponsors include McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii, Hawaii Pizza Hut, Frito-Lay of Hawaii, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, and NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region. 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.