The 2023 Summer Reading Challenge Is Here!

The community is invited to grow seeds of knowledge as part of the Hawaii State Public Library System’s annual Summer Reading Challenge which began June 1.

Participants of the Summer Reading Challenge can gain rewards such as locally published books for kids, school supplies for teens, plant kits for adults and entries for the Grand Prize drawing courtesy of Alaska Airlines.

To join the challenge, follow the steps below:
– Register online at or visit your local library.
– Read at least one hour or more per week.
– Log you minutes using the Beanstack app or go to
– Keep it up until the end of July.

For your Reading Rewards, here are the equivalents”:
– Every one hour of reading logged, you will earn a virtual badge and an automatic entry for the statewide Grand Prize: four roundtrip tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.
– When you reach the four-hour and eight-hour milestones, you will earn free reading rewards while supplies last.
– If you visit the library weekly, you will receive and complete a fun activity sheet.

“E heluhelu kākou! Let’s read!Reading over the summer has great benefits–it strengthens reading skills in kids, and teens and adults can learn new things and reduce stress,” urged State Librarian Stacey Aldrich.

“Reading also supports memory and cognitive engagement, which contributes positively to our brain health. Escape the summer heat and visit our branches to browse and borrow materials or use our free Wi-Fi and public computers.”

For more details, visit New information and upcoming events will be announced on the website.

The Summer Reading Challenge is sponsored by Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Alaska Airlines, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii, Pizza Hut Hawaii, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, Ward Village, University of Hawaii’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program, National Endowment for the Arts, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii, and local Friends chapters.

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