Hilo Public Library

Address

300 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
808-933-8890

About

Welcome to the Hilo Public Library! Our library is the largest library on Hawaii Island and opened on Jan. 20, 1951. The Naha, one of two historic stones located in front of the library, is believed to be what King Kamehameha lifted to affirm the prophecy that he would unite the Hawaiian Islands. Well-known Hawaii Island artist Henry Bianchini’s donated sculpture “Involuntary Journey” is located in the library’s atrium.

Upcoming Events

Chess Wednesdays - Kapolei

Players of all skills and ages are welcome to play a friendly game of chess each week. Players are encouraged to learn the game from others who are seasoned players during this time. Come join the fun and make friends along the way.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Children are invited to play games provided by the library. Test your ninja skills to deactivate a dangeroues timer in Chronobomb. In addition to ninja skills, kids also use strategies to sink ships in a friendly game of battleship. Use clues to determine words in a friendly headbanzs game.

Create cool structures with wooden planks in a game known as contraptions. Well loved classic games are also available.

We invite you to come and enjoy an afternoon of games and fun.

Minecraft logo

Do you like to play Minecraft? Join fellow Minecraft enthusiasts as they build new worlds and have fun at the same time. Open to participants age 12 to 17. No sign up required, but limited to eight players per session.

Program schedule subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

ParaNorman movie poster

Join us for a fun movie afternoon in the children’s room.  We will be showing the animated film ParaNorman. A morbid boy with the power to speak to the dead gathers an army of friends to fight seven zombies brought to life by an ancient witch’s curse. Meanwhile, the terrified townspeople prepare to do battle with the supernatural  This is free program for all ages.  The film is rated PG and its runtime is 87 minutes.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

preschool storytime

Join us for story time with our guests from Ka Pa’alana Program for a Hawaiian story and activity. Ka Pa’alana is a Hawaiian traveling preschool that supports the community by serving the families of Hawaii and promoting the Hawaiian values. This educational program is affiliated with the Partners in Development Foundation. This presentation is free for all ages and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Please contact the library 15 days in advance for a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Keiki Storytime

Children, ages 3 and up, are invited to bring loved ones to weekly story time. This is a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to make connections and build friendships with fellow youngsters. During this time aunty Marsha shares books, songs, finger plays with the littlest visitors. Children and their families are invited to stay after story time to make crafts. Come join us each week for fun and friendships.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library (10 days for Oahu; 15 days for neighbor islands) in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Cartoon caterpillar reading a book

Babies and toddlers up to 2 years old are invited to attend weekly story time with aunty Marsha. During this time, aunty Marsha shares books, music, action rhymes with our littlest library users. Toddlers are encouraged to stay and play with toys after story time.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Program is free.

a pile of LEGO blocks

Children, ages 4-9, use their imagination to build things with LEGOS® provided by the library. Little builders are encouraged to build independently or with the help of a loved one. Builders who would like assistance with their projects may seek guidance from two lego experts during this time. Completed LEGOS® pieces are showcased in a display case during the week where it may viewed by the general public.

Space is limited so be sure to arrive on time for a spot.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Various Barbie Dolls from around the world

In observance of United Nations Day, Patrice Doctor will showcase her collection of dolls, flags, postcards and souvenirs from various countries of the world. This is a one day only, special exhibit! The collection will be shown in the library’s microfilm room.

Program schedule is subject to change. Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

spinning loom

Come and learn from the East Side Spinners, a group of fiber artists dedicated to the timeless art of hand spinning .This program is free and open to the public.  Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

People dressed up as pokemon

Pokemon fans of all ages and skills play a friendly game of Pokemon card trading, whereby players battle using cards to change into different pokemons and gain powers along the way. Participants bring their own cards to trade and battle with fellow players each Saturday.

Library does not provide cards.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Program is free.

STEAM Camp - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math

Visit  the children’s room after school and check out what creepy, crawly creatures are on our microscope slides. See if you can identify what the microscope magnifies. This program is free and suitable for children ages 6 and up. Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Halloween night with jack-o'-lanterns, bats, and full moon

Make a Halloween card with Alex.  He will provide special decorations so you can make a  handmade Halloween card that is funny, spooky, or even both.  Create and have fun ! Program is free and the library will provide the card making materials. Children 5 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Make some oozy, gooey, colorful slime at the library.  This special after school STEM activity will incorporate the use of glue, baking soda, and a salt water solution.  We will personalize our slime with color and glitter too! This program is free and children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Laptop with a door lock on the screen

Do you practice good cyber hygiene?

Cybersecurity professionals will share best practices on keeping you and your identity safe on the Internet. Teens, college students, and adults are highly encouraged to attend. This one-hour informational session will be held in the library’s First Floor Reading Room.

Co-sponsored by the State of Hawaii Department of Defense and Cyber Hui, a community of Cybersecurity Professionals dedicated to sharing their skills and knowledge.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Children wearing Halloween costumes

Come in your Halloween costume and participate in our musical parade. We will have crafts and music. Caregivers are encourages to come in costume as well.

Please contact the library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

cartoon bear in bed with a book

Come to the library in your pajamas! Aunty Marsha will be hosting the Pajama Jammie Jam, a story time before bedtime, in the children’s room of the library. Get comfy and cozy with bedtime stories and music as you wind down your busy day.  All ages are welcome and bedtime attire is encouraged, you can even bring a blanket and pillow! Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

A bunch of children's books

Picture books bring a child’s world alive through pictures with wonderful illustrations and story lines. Throughout November, we celebrate picture books with a special find the author game. Children can read picture books of their choice by 18 talented writers and log them on a book log. After finding and reading the books, participants turn the logs in for special prizes. Parents may also read books to youngsters and log them for prizes.

Prizes are awarded to kids 13 and below.

Stop by the kids once all ‘Wanted’ authors are found and bring your log to the children librarian.

STEM Challenge

Robotics returns to the children’s room! Join us as and meet the Kea’au Robotics Team. Have fun driving VEX IQ Robots as we incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics into our children’s programs.

This program is free and suitable for all ages. Please contact the library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

a pile of LEGO blocks

Children, ages 4-9, use their imagination to build things with LEGOS® provided by the library. Little builders are encouraged to build independently or with the help of a loved one. Builders who would like assistance with their projects may seek guidance from two lego experts during this time. Completed LEGOS® pieces are showcased in a display case during the week where it may viewed by the general public.

Space is limited so be sure to arrive on time for a spot.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

dog tags

Create special metal dog tags during the Thanksgiving season for family and friends. Participants use special metal stamping equipment and letters to make beautiful designs.

This program is restricted to kids ages 11-18 due to special equipment and safety.

Information about this stem program is available at https://www.steampoweredfamily.com/?s=dog+tags

Children are invited to play games provided by the library. Test your ninja skills to deactivate a dangeroues timer in Chronobomb. In addition to ninja skills, kids also use strategies to sink ships in a friendly game of battleship. Use clues to determine words in a friendly headbanzs game.

Create cool structures with wooden planks in a game known as contraptions. Well loved classic games are also available.

We invite you to come and enjoy an afternoon of games and fun.

The Princess Diaries movie poster

For a teenager Mia Thermopolis, just surviving each school day is an adventure. Then the shocking news arrives that she’s a real-life princess! So begins a comical transformation towards poise and princess-ness, including a media storm, jealous schoolmates and a plot to take over her country. -summary credited to dvd synopsis.

Join us during the holiday season for this special blast from the past movie showing. This movie is appropriate for all ages.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Reindeers are always a wonderful sight to see during the holiday season. This season, kids are invited to make their own reindeers and race them in the kids room on zip lines. Participants will choose how far and steep they want their zip lines to be.

Join us for the holiday fun and play a friendly reindeer race game.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Hours

Date Time
Monday CLOSED – CLOSED
Tuesday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 50
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 3
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 36
Magazines 50
Newspapers 8
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store Yes
Free computer classes No
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services No