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Hawaii Public LibraryThe best way to give children access to books they can and want to read, is by visiting the public library. The Hawaii Public Library is a wonderful free resource for families to enjoy. Currently, the library is not open to browse, however you can put books on hold and pick them up. Here's some tips and tricks I've learned:
- Download the App. The Hawaii Public Library App is a simple way to search books, place a hold, check the availability, receive due date notices, renew books and more!
- Book Recommendations-Ask a librarian, ask a teacher. Call or visit a librarian, your child can share a little about themselves, and the librarian can recommend and put on hold age appropriate, popular books. I'm more than happy to use what I know about your child and children's literature to recommend good fit books too.
- Explore Book Lists I recommend using A Collection of First Grade Books List by Debbie Miller to place a hold on high-interest, high-quality books.
- Unlimited Books! Did you know you can borrow an unlimited amount of books? I typically have anywhere from 50-100 library books in my classroom at any given time. (Note: you can put up to 30 books on hold at once.) I encourage you to build a little library of books at home!
- Returns and late fees Books can be rented for up to three weeks with an option to renew books for an additional three weeks. Because of the coronavirus situation, there are currently NO LATE FEES. Lose a book? You can claim up to three books as returned and will not be assessed a fee.
- eBooks Physical books are best for young children, but another option is Bookflix, a free eBook resource on the Hawaii Public Library’s homepage.