June 21st will mark the official start of summer and already kids are throwing down their bookbags and binders in preparation for the next few coveted weeks of freedom. Some kids will be off to camps, retreats or other similar seasonal programs that can be costly for families with multiple children. And some summer programs only last a few weeks anyway. So, what do you do with the kids hunkering down for the long haul at home? Luckily, your public library has some solutions. Here in Hawaii we are fortunate that our libraries have well managed summer programs. There’s something to do everyday from now until the end of July at your public library. It’s a summer literally packed with fun and free activities sponsored by the Hawaii Public Library System. There will be crafts, art, music, theater, mystery adventures,storytelling, puppets, magic, science, games and prizes given away, and that’s not just for the kids! The Hawaii State Library system has an impressive reading program set up for teens and adults as well with classes being offered in dance, writing, computers, and cooking! Check out the schedule for the Hawaii State Public Libraries summer programs. Who needs an expensive summer program when you’ve got the library!?

And remember, it’s not easy offering these free services to the community so visit the ‘Friends of the Library of Hawaii’ 62nd Annual book sale starting this week June 20th through June 28th! All proceeds go to our public libraries and keeping them open for all to enjoy.