Kailua-Kona Public Library

Address

75-138 Hualalai Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, United States
808-327-4327

About

Welcome to the Kailua-Kona Public Library! Designed by architect George Iwasaki, our library opened on a leap day – Feb. 29, 1992. It is the second largest and second busiest library on Hawaii Island. We have a drive-through bookdrop and won an exemplary architectural design award from the Commission on Persons with Disabilities.

Upcoming Events

LEGO LEAHI

Join us for creative play with LEGO bricks! This program is suitable for children ages 4-11.

Program is limited to the first 20 children and their adult caregivers. RSVP online for this event by selecting the RSVP function. Reservation period will open on January 6 and will close on January 19 while availability lasts. Please call the library (808-327-4327) or visit the library if reservation assistance is needed.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations. Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

This program is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona.

Blue and pink face with tech image word bubble

Join us at the Kailua-Kona Public Library for our first Tech & Talk @ your library® program! This month we will talk about Cloud Storage: What it is and how to use it, with the option to sit down and get hands on experience. The short presentation will focus mainly on Office 360, iCloud, and Google cloud services though questions about any cloud services are welcome!

This program is suitable for beginners with basic computer skills.

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

 

Books

What’s new in the travel section?  New and favorite travel books,  useful internet sites, where we’ve been and where we’re going, travel tips, and travel questions answered, are all part of our discussions in this monthly club for globe-trotters and armchair travelers.  Enjoy friendly conversation and sharing good ideas at the next meeting.

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.

wooden file cabinet

Now in its third year, the Community Seed Library (CSL) is hosting its first membership meeting on Saturday, January 27 from 12:30-2:00pm in the Adult Reading Area of the Kailua-Kona Public Library. Come and meet other members and share your ideas and suggestions for CSL programming! Let’s collaborate on ways to encourage seed exchanges and to improve the CSL seed cabinet and its offerings! Anyone can attend, but if you would like to become a member, there is a simple registration form that you can fill out. Members receive email notifications about upcoming monthly programs and events. For more information, please contact the library at 327-4327.

The CSL is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK). Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Blue and pink face with tech image word bubble

Join us at the Kailua-Kona Public Library for our first Tech & Talk @ your library® program! This month we will talk about Cloud Storage: What it is and how to use it, with the option to sit down and get hands on experience. The short presentation will focus mainly on Office 360, iCloud, and Google cloud services though questions about any cloud services are welcome!

This program is suitable for beginners with basic computer skills.

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

 

A bunch of children's books

This February, fall in love with reading children’s books at the Kailua-Kona Public Library!

RULES

The 2018 Children’s Reading BINGO Challenge begins February 1 and ends February 28, 2018. It is open to children in Kindergarten through 5th grade only.

Pick up an official BINGO card in the Children’s Section. Read a complete row of four books (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) for a chance to win a prize! Only completed BINGO cards including contact information and book information will be considered for the prize drawing.

Completed BINGO cards must be returned to the Children’s Section at the Kailua-Kona Public Library by Saturday, March 3, 2018 to enter the prize drawing.

PRIZES 

One winner will be randomly selected from each division:

-Division 1: Kindergarten – 2nd grade

-Division 2: 3rd grade – 5th grade

Each winner will receive a Kona Stories gift certificate:

-Division 1 Winner: $25.00

-Division 2 Winner: $30.00

Prize winners will be contacted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Happy Reading! 

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 must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

Visit the Young Adult Section at Kailua-Kona Public Library during the month of February. Browse the covers of the wrapped books on the Blind Date with a Book shelving cart, and choose one that appeals to you. A Blind Date book may be unwrapped only after you borrow it. Like going on a blind date, you won’t know much about your “new partner,” except for a short quote from the book on the front cover. Take a chance and read something outside your “genre comfort-zone!” Each wrapped book has a book review form inside. After reading the book, complete the book review form and turn it in by Feb. 28 to enter to win a $25. Regal Theater gift card! See rules on the shelving cart for more details. Enjoy your blind dates!

This program is generously supported by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK). Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

preschool storytime

Children (2 to 5 years old) and their adult caregivers are invited to join Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian for stories and learning activities that promote early literacy skills.

Program schedule is subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Most avid gardeners in Kona know of Margo Lundstrom from Sunrise Nursery over the last 25+ years. Always generous with helpful tips and advice, or a friendly smile, Margo has been an important part of the local gardening community. The Community Seed Library is fortunate to have Margo share her knowledge and expertise on: plant placement and wise water usage, maintenance trimming, pruning and fertilizing, plus her signature helpful tips and advice, of course! A small plant will be offered as a door prize!

The Community Seed Library is supported by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK). 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.

Nene Award Seal

The Nēnē Readers is a reading club at the Kailua-Kona Public Library for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders that focuses solely on reading, enjoying, analyzing, and discussing  Nēnē Award-nominated books.

  • Read & enjoy quality books nominated by your peers!
  • Analyze & review 5 nominees to earn a special incentive!
  • Discuss your thoughts with other club members!
  • Create a project in honor of your favorite nominee!
  • Vote for your favorite nominee at the Voting Party!
  • Nominate more quality books for next year’s list!

Interested? Attend our February meeting to get involved. Meetings are held on a monthly basis. Registration for the Nēnē Readers reading club will close at the end of February 2018. Simply fill out a registration card with Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian.

There will be time at the February meeting for club members to work on art projects based on their favorite Nēnē nominees. Club members will also have time to discuss Voting Party details.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona.

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

Storyteller Bobby Norfolk

Emmy Award winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk  returns to Hawaii to share “Anansi the Spider” and other African American folktales, legends and true stories. Bobby’s innate ability to read and connect with audiences makes him one of America’s premier storytellers. Using dynamic movement and vocal effects, Bobby creates vibrant characters who come to life through imaginative, creative story. This 45-minute performance is recommended for ages 5 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i. This is a production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program with additional funding and support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawaii.

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.

Queen Liliuokalani

Local estate planning attorney, John Roth, will explain the pluses and minuses of using a trust as part of an estate plan.  While doing so, he will share little-known stories about real trusts established by Princess Pauahi, Queen Liliuokalani, Queen Emma, Samuel Damon, and James Campbell, plus a fictional trust headed by George Clooney in “The Descendants” movie. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.)

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.

preschool storytime

Children (2 to 5 years old) and their adult caregivers are invited to join Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian for stories and learning activities that promote early literacy skills.

Program schedule is subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Books

What’s new in the travel section?  New and favorite travel books,  useful internet sites, where we’ve been and where we’re going, travel tips, and travel questions answered, are all part of our discussions in this monthly club for globe-trotters and armchair travelers.  Enjoy friendly conversation and sharing good ideas at the next meeting.

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

Mr. Kneel is an entertainer and educator who brings his fun, yet powerful message of self-respect to students and families with amazing talent and passion. A former inner-city teacher, his program focuses on building the self-respect of students to empower them to build confidence to make music with no instruments or financial investment! Learning how to beatbox and create sounds can help children to realize that with hard work, they can accomplish anything. Join us for the last of a series of beatbox workshops for ages 5 and up!

Mr. Kneel’s CDs, posters, and stickers will be available for sale (cash only, please). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Libraries, Kona.

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.

Enhance your Hawaiian Language skills

Maile Melrose, President of the Friends of Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, presents the life of Amy B. H. Greenwell, founder of Kona’s beautiful and beloved Hawaiian Garden.  Get to know the history behind the name and get an update on the current garden situation.

 

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.

Books

What’s new in the travel section?  New and favorite travel books,  useful internet sites, where we’ve been and where we’re going, travel tips, and travel questions answered, are all part of our discussions in this monthly club for globe-trotters and armchair travelers.  Enjoy friendly conversation and sharing good ideas at the next meeting.

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.

Books

What’s new in the travel section?  New and favorite travel books,  useful internet sites, where we’ve been and where we’re going, travel tips, and travel questions answered, are all part of our discussions in this monthly club for globe-trotters and armchair travelers.  Enjoy friendly conversation and sharing good ideas at the next meeting.

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.

Books

What’s new in the travel section?  New and favorite travel books,  useful internet sites, where we’ve been and where we’re going, travel tips, and travel questions answered, are all part of our discussions in this monthly club for globe-trotters and armchair travelers.  Enjoy friendly conversation and sharing good ideas at the next meeting.

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 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 23
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 20
Magazines 38
Newspapers 5
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store No
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes