Today begins the first week that all students across Molokai are out of school. For parents scrambling to find activities to keep the young keiki busy, tomorrow could be a good day.
Wayne Watkins will be a featured performer for “Dream Big, READ!,” the 2012 HSPLS Children’s Summer Reading Program, at 10 selected public libraries on Maui, Molokai and Oahu from May 24 to June 30. Admission is free.
“Uncle Wayne” comes to Molokai tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5, when he performs at the Molokai Public Library at 10 a.m.
“Dream Big READ!” is this year’s program theme, which will encourage young readers to revel in the wonders of night — dreams, lullabies, bedtime and campfire stories, as well as ghosts, nocturnal animals, and star-gazing!
Watkins and his percussionist Pfahl will perform the popular “Sing Along with Uncle Wayne” program. “Uncle Wayne” will inspire children to laugh, dance, and sing-along with him as he strums his acoustic guitar and performs a variety of classic children’s songs, as well as his original compositions.
The 45-minute program is recommended for ages 3 and older and especially for families with young children. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
Watkins, who currently serves as Director of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Children’s Center, is an Early Childhood educator and children’s advocate.
Watkins’ performances are sponsored by the hosting libraries’ Friends chapters; travel arrangements to Maui and Molokai are sponsored by the Kay A. Edwards Memorial Fund and Maui Friends of the Library, respectively.
The 2012 HSPLS Summer Reading Programs are sponsored through a grant from the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Marriott Resorts Hawaii, Ko Olina Hawaii, Meadow Gold Dairies, HMS Host, Hansen Distribution Group, Armstrong Produce, Bowman Connectivity Solutions, Toshiba Business Solutions, Girard’s Dressing, Roberts Hawaii, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, National Football League Charities, and Aloha United Way.
Corporate sponsors include McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii, Hawaii Pizza Hut, Frito-Lay of Hawaii, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, The Islander Group, American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, Candlewick Press, Diamond Bakery Co., Ltd., Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and local Friends Chapters.
For more information, call the Molokai Public Library at 553-1765.