Public libraries ready for ‘Reading Challenge’

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Public Library System has been selected to be one of over 100 libraries around the world to participate in the 2019 Winter Reading Challenge, which is designed to encourage communities to read this winter.

The program is supported by Beanstack and Mark Cuban, philanthropist, TV’s “Shark Tank” personality and owner of the National Basketball Association’s Dallas Mavericks, who will donate $35,000 to top participating libraries if all communities in the program reach a collective goal of 5 million minutes and 75,000 books read.

Sign up, read, log minutes online at between Jan. 1 to 31, and help Hawaii reach its collective reading goal of one million minutes of reading.

There will be lucky prize drawing winners statewide, one each for a child, teen and adult.

Sign up at or visit a local library.


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