Keiki Reading Program Expands to North Shore : Kauai Now : Kauai News & Information

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Hawaii First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, in conjunction with state and nonprofit partners, expanded the ʻOhana Readers program to communities on Kauaʻi’s North Shore.

Ohana Readers offers high-quality, age-appropriate books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library each month for children up to 5 years old. Children who enroll in the program will receive a book each month via the US Postal Service beginning approximately eight to 10 weeks after their enrollment form has been submitted.

The extension covers the postal communities of:

96714 (Hanalei/Wainiha/Hāʻena)
96722 (Princeville)
96703 (Anahola)
96754 (Kīlauea)

The program currently serves children in the Waimea and Kekaha communities as well as the islands of Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi.

“As a teacher and educator, I hope the ʻOhana Readers program will encourage family read-aloud time, an activity that will increase a child’s vocabulary, language skills and knowledge of the world” , Amano-Ige said in a press release. touting the expansion on Tuesday, February 22.

To register for the ʻOhana Readers program, visit the Waimea Public Library or the Princeville Public Library to pick up an official registration form. Entry forms are also available at http://www.FLHhawaii.org/ohanareaders.

“Instilling a love of reading at an early age helps build a strong foundation for lifelong learning,” said Kauaʻi Mayor Derek Kawakami. “The resources provided by ʻOhana Readers ensure that our youngest Kauaʻi keiki are better equipped to succeed in their future. Mahalo to First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige and our state and nonprofit partners for expanding this wonderful program that now reaches our North Shore and West Shore communities.

The program is funded by Imagination Library, the state Department of Social Services, Friends of the North Shore Library in Princeville, Kamehameha Schools, and the KIUC Charitable Foundation.

For more information, contact the Waimea Public Library at 808-338-6848 or the Princeville Public Library at 808-826-4310 during regular business hours.

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