‘Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces’

| August 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

Blue Star Families
News Release

Blue Star Families brings books to military keiki in Hawaii 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Blue Star Families and Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc., or K.I.D.S.,  have joined forces to bring the joy of reading to military children by donating new books to military children and to military-impacted libraries in Hawaii.

The program, “Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces,” is a nationwide program presented by Blue Star Families in conjunction with K.I.D.S. The program has a positive impact on children from military families through book donation. 

“Children’s reading levels tend to decline during the absence of a parent assigned to serve our country,” said Janice Weinman, president, K.I.D.S. “The presence of new books that these children can call their own makes a big difference in their academic development.” 

Now through Saturday, Loree Tillman, director of programs, Blue Star Families, and “Military Spouse” magazine’s 2010 Navy Spouse of the Year, will distribute about 2,000 books throughout Hawaii.

Tillman distributed books at Sgt. Yano Library, Schofield Barracks, Wednesday.

“The goal of the Books on Bases program is to promote the healing power of books among military children,” said Mark Smith, executive director of Blue Star Families. 

He added that Blue Star Families is delighted to partner with K.I.D.S. to provide books to military-impacted schools and base libraries to show support for Hawaii’s military families.

“Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces” events


10 a.m.-12 p.m., Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam/Hickam Library


10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Marine Corps Base Hawaii Library, Kaneohe Bay

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