2016 HSPLS Summer Reading Program

May 23, 2016, 12:38 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 5:37 PM
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Photo courtesy of HSPLS.

Photo courtesy of HSPLS.

It’s nearly summer, which means summer reading program are kicking into gear and will soon begin at Hawai’i public libraries across the state.

Readers of all ages can take part in the Hawai’i State Public Library System 2016 Summer Reading Program, themed “Health and Fitness for the Mind, Body, and Soul.”

From June 5 through July 16, all 50 of the state’s public libraries will participate in the free six-week program.

“Staying fit includes giving our amazing reading muscles a work out!,” said State Librarian Stacey Aldrich. “We are encouraging everyone to read at least 20 minutes a day. For students, it can help prevent the summer reading slide and improve vocabulary. For families, it’s a great way to spend quality time reading together. We hope everyone will join and have a fun and reading-fit summer!”

Each week, participants will be offered incentive for participation, including a Marcus Mariota READ Poster.


Participants who complete four or more weeks of the program will receive a free book, courtesy of Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, who donated Leap Frog books, including Disney-Pixar’s “Brave,” “Monsters University,” and Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” for participating children from babies to grade 5.


Lucky drawings for prizes and performances from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program will also be a part of the summer program.

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