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Hawaii's public libraries are starting summer reading programs this week

Visiting your local library for the summer reading program gets kids excited about reading.
Visiting your local library for the summer reading program gets kids excited about reading.
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This week, all libraries in the Hawaii public library system are starting summer reading programs.

The summer reading programs are for children of all ages - the children's program is for infants through kids entering 6th grade in the fall, and there is a teen program for kids entering 7th grade through age 18.

To participate, you sign up at your local library and will get a reading log. Your children can write every book that they read during the week on their reading log, and then they can bring it with them to the library the following week to receive a prize (they will get a prize as long as they've read at least one book for the week).

The children summer reading program's theme is "Make a Splash! Read!" and will feature books about the ocean, fish, aquatic animals, beach activities, and protecting the coastline. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a $50 bookstore gift card. 

The teen summer reading program will have a dual theme, which includes sports, athletes, fitness, and the suspense/romance themes surrounding the popular "Twilight Saga" vampire novels. Participants can enter into drawings for a chance to win an Apple iPod Shuffle. 

The summer reading programs will end July 2nd, 2010.

Note: There is also an adult summer reading program, and it is the perfect chance for you to show your kids that you value reading too!

For more info: To get contact information for your local library, click here.

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