Libraries plan summer programs

Readers of all ages are invited to participate in the 2014 Hawaii State Public Library System Summer Reading Programs June 1 through July 12.

Registration for the free six-week programs at 50 public libraries statewide begins May 27. Some libraries may extend their programs beyond July 12; contact the local library for dates and other guidelines.

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 grade 6 this fall – to experiment with building lava lamps, launching rockets and creating a solar system mobile, and to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) concepts.

Exploring science continues for teens – students entering grade 7 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.

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