The Hawaii State Public Library System, the only statewide public library system in the nation, features the Hawaii State Public Library as its main branch! While it offers storytime and emergent literacy kinds of programs in almost all of its 50 branches, the Hawaii State Library’s Children’s room offers the largest collection of children’s books in the library system!
Tisha Aragaki, Section Head at the Hawaii State Library’s Edna Allyn Room for Children, explains why else this room is unique from library branches. “We have a large children’s room with an amazing mural by Juliette May Fraser that tells the history of Hawaii. Every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. we have storytime followed by craft time to help further conversation about the books we read. We also maintain historical collections for specialized research in the area of children’s literature, and we support the other 49 libraries in collection development, training, and programming.”
Storytime is customized to fit different age groups and learning needs. “Each of our librarians brings his or her own fun and flavor to their storytime sessions, which may include reading, singing, crafting, and playing. All of these activities are important in developing early literacy skills,” adds Aragaki.
The Edna Allyn Room for Children recently began to offer Keiki Puzzle and Play Time for ages one to five, and a Lego Club for ages five and older. Librarians started it as part of an initiative that encourages play as part of learning and literacy in children.
Keiki Puzzle and Play Time is scheduled for Mondays at 10:30 a.m. on December 21 and 28, and again on January 4, 2016. Interested parents can call (808) 586-3510 for the new schedule since it’ll alternate Mondays once the school year begins.
Free Storytime is every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for children ages three and older, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. It’s in the Edna Allyn Room for Children. More at www.librarieshawaii.org or (808) 586-3510.