Hawai‘i libraries help kids through the long dog days of summer

June marks the beginning of the 2006 Hawaii State Public Library System Children’s Summer Reading Program, a free, five-week program at 51 public libraries statewide, a press release states.

Eligible children will be between preschool and sixth grade in the fall, and adults may read aloud to children in second grade and below.

Participating children are encouraged to build their reading habit by visiting the library and reading at least one book each week.

Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales is this year’s theme, which will highlight books and stories about all kinds of animals, such as birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles, the release states.

The program is funded by a grant from major sponsor Hawaiian Telcom, as well as other long-standing sponsors like McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii, Diamond Bakery, First Insurance Company of Hawaii and the UH-Manoa Outreach College.

Special programs will feature various performers, such three-time Emmy Award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk and his wife, Sherry Norfolk.

Registration is available at any public library. For more information, visit www.librarieshawaii.org or call the local public library.

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