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2017 details to be announced. Below is last years program.

Kick off Summer Reading at Hawaii State Library on June 4


"READ. MOVE. GET FIT!," the Hawaii State Public Library System's 2016 Summer Reading Kick-off Event, will be held at the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventure with very special guest readers:

  • Kristi Yamaguchi, who is also an Early Literacy Advocate and Children's Book Author
  • Auli‘i Cravalho, voice of Moana in the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios feature "Moana"
  • Clyde Aikau, Quicksilver Eddie Aikau Big Wave Surfing Champion and Inspirational Educator
  • And other special guest readers


Kristi Yamaguchi


Auli‘i Cravalho

Entertainer and Children's Book Author Shannon Scott will emcee this special free event. Everyone can join in a variety of fun and interactive health and fitness activities and enjoy lively performances on the Library's Great Lawn, which will showcase "Health and Fitness for the Mind, Body and Soul," this year's Summer Reading Program theme.

Join the celebrity guest readers inside the Library for entertaining and inspiring read-aloud storytimes. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and take photos with the guest readers for a limited time after the reading session. Refreshments, both complimentary and for purchase, will be available to enjoy. There will be fun for the whole family and participants can learn more about the Summer Reading Program at all 50 public libraries statewide.

This special Sumer Reading Kick-off Event is made possible by Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation, Friends of the Library of Hawaii ( and the 2016 Summer Reading Sponsors.

Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation ( connects students with books and technology to help increase early literacy skills in underserved classrooms focusing on children in Title 1 schools in Hawaii, California, and Arizona.


For more information about the Event, visit or call the Hawaii State Library at 586-3500.

HSPLS 2016 Summer Reading Program Information

Readers of all ages can participate in the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) 2016 Summer Reading Program from June 5 through July 16. Registration for the free six-week program at public libraries statewide begins on May 31. Contact your local library for details and guidelines.

Participants are encouraged to read at least 20 minutes a day during the program. Weekly incentives will be provided for their reading effort, which includes a Marcus Mariota READ Poster, while supplies last. New this year, participants who complete 4 or more weeks will receive a free book! We are very grateful to Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation for making a donation of Leap Frog books for participating children from babies to grade 5.

"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!"

In addition, the program will feature lucky drawings for prizes and performances by artists from the University of Hawaii's Statewide Cultural Extension Program. Performance programs will be highlighted on the HSPLS website.

For more information about the HSPLS 2016 Summer Reading Program: visit, like us at, follow us on, or call your local public library.

The images are courtesy of the Collaborative Summer Library Programs (CSLP) and are copyrighted.
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