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

Tutu and me Traveling Preschool

Join us for a special community story time with Tutu and Me Traveling Preschool. Amanda Ishigo, Tutu and Me home visitor, will be presenting and providing a
free interactive workshop for caregivers.

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

Discover how the science of robotics can help build a better world! This free program is courtesy of the Keaau Robotics Team.

Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

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.

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 15 days 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.

Hardware Science logo with lightbulb

IN CELEBRATION OF THE 2017 SUMMER READING PROGRAM!

In Hardware Science, DIY doesn’t just stand for do-it-yourself; it stands for DISCOVER-it-yourself! Children and their families will be able to participate in some fun and interactive activities that tie in the concepts of building and science. This 45-minute program is suitable for ages 5 & older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Sponsored by HouseMart Ace Hardware and Ben Franklin Crafts.

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.

Two actors performing on stage in Japanese kimonos and construction hard hats

“Derailed”, performed by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Theatre & Dance Department’s Kyōgen Ensemble, blends kyōgen (a traditional Japanese comic form) and spirit with 21st-century socio-political reality in Hawaiʻi. Harkening back to the early satirical roots of kyōgen, in this “tale of the rail,” akamai local construction workers on O‘ahu try to outwit a clueless consultant and his ill-advised ideas about the planned Honolulu rail line, demonstrating the power of Hawaiian beliefs and the importance of protecting the ʻāina.

This free one-hour program is suitable for ages 18 and older.

“Derailed” is a production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program with additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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.

State Representative Chris Todd

Chris Todd, who represents District 2 in the Hawaii House of Representatives, will read aloud stories during a special story time for children of all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

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

Beauty and the Beast movie poster

Join us for a special back to school movie matinee showing of Beauty and the Beast.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is alive-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is a fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent yourg woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

Synopsis provided by:

https://www.swank.com/public-libraries/details/29811-beauty-and-the-beast

Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

Stream

The mountaineer club is seeking new members to join our current team of mountaineers on a unique reading journey. Members specialize in reading fiction books to obtain patches at the end of the year. Members are awarded the reading patches at a special banquet to honor their work during the year.

During the year, members work on 2 short book reports and 2 projects on books of their choosing.

Members must have 2 fiction books picked by August 9, 2017 for our first meeting.

Program is free.

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.

Kelly Barnhill and cover of her Newbery book

Our library is looking for new members to join the team with returning members in preparation for the annual quiz bowl in April 2018. Members read Newbery books throughout the year and become experts on their chosen books. Members meet on Fridays from 3-4 pm and go over the books with games, quizzes and other activities to help them become familiar with the books during this time.

Membership is open to grades 4-7. The club is free.

The first meetings is August 25, 2017.

Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

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