Reading program starts

LIHUE — Free root beer floats helped float the Lihue Public Library’s summer reading program Friday afternoon.

The program’s Kick-Start and Pre-Registration Party involved “a little chaos and a lot of fun,” said Carolyn Larson, branch manager. Timed to coincide with Wilcox School students getting out of classes on their last day of the school year, the pre-registration drive featured food and fun as well as help from the library staff and volunteers in signing up.

Sierra Hampton-Eng, the Lihue Library teen services librarian, said readers are also able to register online, which is a first. Readers become eligible for mystery sign-up bonuses by pre-registering online at librarieshawaii.org.

The summer reading program has a theme of “Build a Better World,” and runs from June 4 through July 15.

“We also have teen programs starting June 1 and continuing through June 16,” Hampton-Eng said. “There are sewing projects, button making, building a catapult, and more.”

During the kick-off, the Lihue Library offered free root beer floats, compliments of summer reading sponsors Coca Cola and Lappert’s Ice Cream.

This year, the Hawaii State Public Library System is offering an Internet-based reading program so families can continue their reading through family vacations.

“We are all very excited about the new summer reading routine, administered online through a program called Beanstack!” Larson said. “You can set your own reading goals, keep track of your own minutes and books, interact with other patrons through reviews and comments on books, receive both electronic badges and reading incentives that you pick up at the library.”

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