Free events offered at Pearl City Public Library’s Children’s Summer Reading Program


Submitted by the HSPLS:

Pearl City Library will Offer Free Events this Summer In celebration of the 2013 HSPLS Children's Summer Reading Program, Pearl City Public Library will offer free events in June and July. All events will be conducted in the Adult Reading Section:

* June 5 – July 3 (Wednesdays), 9:30 a.m. – "Summer Storytime with Ms. Melissa." Keiki ages 3 – 6 and their families are invited to join Ms. Melissa on Wednesdays to experience stories, rhymes, songs, and other activities.

* June 17 (Monday), 1 p.m. – "Mad Science: Up, Up and Away." Mad Science, a leading science enrichment provider, invites keiki ages 5 and older to learn about the powers of air and pressure with hot air balloons, vortex generators, and a hovercraft.

* June 19 (Wednesday), 9:30 a.m. – "Your Keiki Can Sign." Akie Kagawa of Your Keiki Can Sign will conduct an informational presentation on introducing babies and toddlers to sign language to encourage early communication skills. Kagawa will demonstrate how to incorporate sign language while reading a book or singing songs to your child. This event is for parents and caregivers with their babies or toddlers.

* June 24 (Monday), 1 p.m. – "Puppet Times with Christy." Celebrate summer with puppeteer Christy Lipps Ah Sing who will present favorite children's stories in a lively puppet show with beautifully hand-crafted puppets, finger plays, and songs. This event is suitable for children ages 3 and older.

* June 30 (Sunday), 1 p.m. – "Ikebana Korinka Demonstration Workshop." Brian Nakano and Hiroe Suenaga of Mokichi Okada Association of Hawaii (MOA Hawaii) will conduct a live demonstration of ikebana, a Japanese form of flower arrangement featuring sangetsu korinka, the traditional technique of arrangement and signature style of the late Mokichi Okada, founder of MOA International, Japan. Participants will then join in the "Flower Circle" activity to create miniature korinka with materials provided by MOA Hawaii. This workshop is limited to 20 participants and in-person registration is required; registration by phone will not be accepted. This event is suitable for ages 12 and older.

* July 1, 1 p.m. – "Rainbow Pigeons with Doug Beter." "Uncle Doug" will share information about his pastel-colored pigeons: learn about the different breeds of pigeons, the stages of their growth, and how to care for them. The highlight will be when "Uncle Doug" releases the pigeons into the sky and watch as they soar high above and fly home.

The Friends of Pearl City Public Library is sponsoring this event which is suitable for ages 5 and older. This event schedule is subject to change. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed for these events. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

The 2013 Summer Reading Programs are sponsored through a generous grant from the Friends of the Library of Hawaii (FLH), Atherton Family Foundation, Kraft Foods Group in Hawaii, Longs Drugs/CVS Caremark, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, HEI Charitable Foundation, Newman's Own Foundation, Meadow Gold Dairies, HMS Host, Hansen Distribution Group, Armstrong Produce, DFS Hawaii, Roberts Hawaii, Toshiba Business Solutions, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, National Football League Charities, Aloha United Way, Price Busters and local Friends Chapters.

Corporate sponsors include McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii, Hawaii Pizza Hut, Frito-Lay of Hawaii, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, The Islander Group, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Vacations Hawaii, Fukuda Seed Store, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Conservation Council for Hawaii, State Dept. of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, DuPont Pioneer, the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region, and GBC Boxes & Packaging. USB Drives were provided by Hawaii's Access for All Grant through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and leveraged with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunity Online funds; matching funds were provided by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, the Omidyar Ohana Fund through the Hawaii Community Foundation, and Alexander & Baldwin Foundation.

Performances featuring artists from the Statewide Cultural Extension Program are co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii's Outreach College, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Pearl City Public Library is located at 1138 Waimano Home Road. For more information about these summer events, please call the Library at 453-6566. For further information about the 2013 HSPLS Summer Reading Programs, visit the HSPLS website:, like us at, follow us on, or contact your local library.