Ongoing reading programs

Why read alone when you can read with others?

Throughout the year, HSPLS participates in reading programs for various ages, reading levels, and needs.


Virtual Reading Programs

Beanstack logo

Who is it for?

All ages

How does it work?

The Hawaii State Public Library System offers free year-round reading challenges through Beanstack, an online reading platform. Participants will be able to track/log reading minutes, participate in fun activities, receive book recommendations, write book reviews, and more.

Where can I learn more?

Watch this Beanstack tutorial and sign up


Letters about literature

Letters about literature banner image

Who is it for?

Students in grades 4-12

How does it work?

Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.

Who sponsors it?

The Library of Congress

Where can I learn more?

Go to Letters About Literature program


Nene awards

Nene Award color logo-Ceremony blog

Who is it for?

Students in grades 4-6

How does it work?

R.E.A.D. (Read Enjoy Analyze Discuss) for NENE promotes reading and discussion of literature. Students in grades 4 to 6 are encouraged to read Nene Nominees, discuss them with other students and classes, then vote for their favorite.

Who sponsors it?

  • Hawaii Department of Education
  • Hawaii State Public Library System
  • Hawaii Association of School Librarians
  • Hawaii Library Association

Where can I learn more?

Go to Nene award program


That all may read

That all may read program banner

Who is it for?

People with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability

How does it work?

NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS offers books the way you want them: in braille or audio formats, mailed to your door for free, or instantly downloadable.

Who sponsors it?

Library of Congress

Where can I learn more?


Programs at your local branch

In addition to these system wide programs, you may find other unique reading programs at your local branch.

All public libraries will be closed for the upcoming state holidays:
Tuesday, March 26, for Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day and Friday, March 29, for Good Friday.