Wayne Watkins will be a featured performer for “Dream Big, READ!,” the 2012 HSPLS Children’s Summer Reading Program, at 14 selected public libraries on Maui, Molokai, and Oahu from May 24 to June 30.  Admission is free.

“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.

Experience a “Sing Along with Uncle Wayne” event at these libraries:

Maui –

*       June 28, 10 a.m. – Makawao Public Library (1159 Makawao Ave.; tel.: 573-8785)

*       June 29, 10:30 a.m. – Kihei Public Library (35 Waimahaihai St.; tel.: 875-6833)

*       June 30, 11 a.m. – Lahaina Public Library (680 Wharf St.; tel.: 662-3950)

*       June 30, 2:30 p.m. – Kahului Public Library (90 School St.; tel.: 873-3097)

The program schedule is subject to change.