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

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.

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh (stuffed animal) returns for his second visit to the Hilo Public Library. During the holiday season, youngsters can visit Pooh and take a family picture. Pooh’s personal assistant will be on hand to take family pictures using your own phone or camera.

Drop by and take a picture with him and make special memories in the library.

This program is free and suitable 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 of if special accommodations are needed. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

 

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.

Hogswarts Castle from Harry Potter movies

Children are welcome to join the festivities in all things Harry Potter! This holiday season, participants can test their knowledge in a trivial pursuit game celebrating the world of Harry Potter. There will also be a jigsaw puzzle depicting Hogwarts School of Wizardry. Winners for the trivia game will receive prizes. Those who help complete the jigsaw puzzle will be entered to win the final jigsaw in a special drawing.

Potter fans may take special family pictures at the end of the festivities. Fans of the films are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters for special family pictures.

Program is open to teens and below. Picture taking will take place from 6:00 – 6:30 pm.

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.

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 colored LEGO bricks

Come in the children’s room between 2 and 4 pm on Fridays to build and create with our LEGOs.  This program is suited for ages 5 through 12.  No sign-up is necessary, however space is limited to 10 creators at a time.  Please  contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Snow Dogs movie poster

When Miami dentist Ted Brooks learns that his birth mother has passed away and that he was named in her will, he travels to Alaska to claim his inheritance. Rather than the large chunk of change that many people would expect, Ted instead receives his mother’s pack of rowdy sled dogs and her property. Although the dogs seemingly have it in for Ted, he decides to keep the dogs and race them in the local race, the Arctic Challenge, spiting a mountain man who wants the dogs. What follows is a comedy detailing Ted’s adventures in learning to run the sled dogs.

This program is free and suitable 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 special accommodations are needed.

harry and friends

Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

Join us as we revisit Harry’s magical world where all the adventure begins.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter of 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 (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.

Labradoodle

Reading is a wonderful way to explore new worlds for many children. Aunty Marsha shares magical worlds through books during story time. Come join us as we read books, sing songs and have fun.

Aunty Marsha welcomes a special guest during this time. Belle, a Labradoodle, is my special story time guest. You may meet Belle and her owner when they visit. You may also find out more about what they do and learn about this special dog breed.

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.

Pierre the Chihuahua dog

Little readers are invited to practice their reading skills with Pierre, a certified therapy chihuahua, and his owner, Maile. Children read their favorite books or tell Pierre stories during this one on one reading session. Pierre loves hearing stories about magical places and characters. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to join their little ones to this special reading 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.

Cartoon image of Mr. Kneel and friends

Join us  for a free show in which “Mr. Kneel” (Neil McIntyre) shares his love for reading through beatbox and rhyme! Mr. Kneel is a professional speaker, Hip-Hop emcee, beatboxer, and goofball. He uses his talents as Mr. Kneel to encourage & uplift  children of all ages. Neil creates inspired original Hip-Hop music that assist educators & parents in promoting children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. This program is suitable for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

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

 

National Puzzle Day

Celebrate National Puzzle Day by putting together jigsaw puzzles or solving them. Participants who work on jigsaw puzzles will have an opportunity to win the finished puzzle in a drawing.

Participants may also work on individual puzzles (crosswords for example) during this time.

This program is free and suitable for kids 5 and up.

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

 

Pierre the Chihuahua dog

Little readers are invited to practice their reading skills with Pierre, a certified therapy chihuahua, and his owner, Maile. Children read their favorite books or tell Pierre stories during this one on one reading session. Pierre loves hearing stories about magical places and characters. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to join their little ones to this special reading 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.

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