Waianae Public Library

Address

85-625 Farrington Hwy, Waiʻanae, HI 96792, United States
808-697-7868

About

Welcome to the Waianae Public Library! Built by contractor Charles Windstedt, our library opened on Dec. 20, 1966 and is located next to the Waianae Fire Station and Waianae District Park. Our small library serves 44,000 residents on the Westside coast of Oahu from Nanakuli to Makaha. The library has a unique and extensive collection of Hawaiian quilt patterns.

Upcoming Events

Cartoon caterpillar with books

Storytime for infants, toddlers, and their caregivers. Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and activities based on early literacy research and the Every Child Ready to Read Program. Learn how talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing help get your child ready to read. This program is intended for children 6-36 months. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Build a better world - Volunteer!

It’s that time of the year again!  The Summer Reading Program will be for seven weeks, May 30 – July 15, and we need your help to keep it running smoothly.We’re looking for tech savvy volunteers, high school age and older, to explain the summer reading program, help library users register online, and assist library staff with special events.

If you are interested join us for a short orientation on Tuesday, May 23 at 2:30. We will be explaining the program and training you on how to use the new online platform.

Volunteering is a great way to serve our communities and meet new friends. We look forward to seeing you.

wild with hawaii island chain

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO) will show how proper landscaping techniques and home structure modifications can protect property from wildfires. HWMO will also share information on how to develop a clear and achievable family emergency plan, what actions to take during a wildfire, and proper evacuation procedures.

May is Wildfire Preparedness Month
hawaiiwildfire.org

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the City & County Department of Emergency Management will hold a listening/sharing session in the meeting room at the  Liliha Public Library in order to collect the personal recollections, stories, and photos that people may have from any tsunami experience here in Hawaii.  These “talk story” opportunities will happen on a one-on-one basis, and the NOAA and City & County DEM team will provide a scanner and laptop to facilitate the information collection.  More details about this event will be forthcoming later.

Program schedule is subject to change.  Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Book worm reading under palm trees

Turbo charged Toddler Times are part of the 2017 Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World. Each session will focus on  a specific part of the Every Child Ready to Read Program and feature stories, songs, and activities. As a bonus we will also be making items you can use at home with your child to keep them talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing everyday!

  • May 30: Talking
  • June 6: Singing
  • June 13: Reading
  • June 20: Writing
  • June 27: Playing
  • July 11: Motor Skills

This program is designed for children ages 0-3, but all are welcome.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Program is suitable for ages 5 and under. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Scales of Justice

Russ Awakuni and Robert Topenio, of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, will provide information on common legal matters relating to senior citizens. Russ & Robert will also provide some information on public benefits. This 45-minute program is suitable for ages 18 and older.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: Russ Awakuni is a veteran attorney with over 24 years of law experience. He serves as the managing attorney of Legal Aid’s Country Justice™ branches (rural Oahu), and is also the Secretary to the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) Board. Robert Topenio works at the Leeward branch of Legal Aid as an AmeriCorp Advocate helping residents of the west side of Oahu with their legal needs.

Sponsored by the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i and AmeriCorps.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

yellow Hibiscus

DISCOVERING HEALTH – June 1 @ 10:30 am

GROWING HEALTH- June 8 @ 10:30 am

The use of plants in healing has a long history in Hawaiian culture. Which of these plants are the most important? How best to grow them? These are the topics for Dr. Reid’s presentations. She will bring examples of the living plants for identification.

Dr. Susanna Reid is a Naturopathic Physician focusing on Woman’s Health as well as a Master Gardener.

Join us as we dig into the healing properties that can be found in our garden.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Cartoon animals reading books. Storytime

Enjoy weekly themed books, songs, and crafts with the whole family. Each week we discuss a new theme and read related stories. A craft based on the theme is also provided. This program is recommended for children ages 2-7 but all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

yellow Hibiscus

DISCOVERING HEALTH – June 1 @ 10:30 am

GROWING HEALTH- June 8 @ 10:30 am

The use of plants in healing has a long history in Hawaiian culture. Which of these plants are the most important? How best to grow them? These are the topics for Dr. Reid’s presentations. She will bring examples of the living plants for identification.

Dr. Susanna Reid is a Naturopathic Physician focusing on Woman’s Health as well as a Master Gardener.

Join us as we dig into the healing properties that can be found in our garden.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Walt Disney's Moana movie

Kids and families are invited to sing along while we watch Disney’s Moana!

“From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.” [Swank.com]

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

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First of a three part series, Keikilani Meyer will introduce and demonstrate Hawaiian digital resources.

Session 1:  Ulukau: The Hawaiian Electronic Library.  This database has many features, Ms. Meyer will highlight Hawaiian dictionaries, Hawaiian place names and genealogy.

Ulukau is a bilingual, online library of Hawaiian language and cultural materials.

This project is funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

captain underpants

Tra-la-laaaa!

Join us for games and activities inspired by the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey! This year’s summer reading theme is “Build a Better World”, and who better to “Build a Better World” than Captain Underpants?

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

La’au lapa’au is the Hawaiian practice of using plants and herbs to treat ailments. Ku’u Samson will introduce us to this practice and share some of the plants used.  Ku’u Samson, born and raised in Waianae began her career at MA’O organic farm and now can be found at Hoa ‘Aina o Makaha. she is a Hawaiian Studies graduate student at UH Manoa.

 

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or is special accommodations are needed.

Nene Book Club: the crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Nēnē Award Book Club will meet June 21 at 3:30 to talk about The Crossover and do a related activity over snacks. This book club is for children who will fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in the Fall of 2017.

“12-year old Josh Bell and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood.”(Amazon)

  • 2015 Newbery Medal Winner
  • 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner
  • New York Times Bestseller

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society.  This stunning, National Book Award-winning memoir should be required reading for high school students and adults alike.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER | NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER | PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST | NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST | NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post • People • Entertainment Weekly • Vogue • Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • New York 

June is Audiobook Month so the Waianae Public Library Book Club is listening to this book which is read by the author.

 

Lego Batman

Children and families are invited to join us for a screening for Lego Batman!

“LEGO Batman stars in his own big screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.” [swank.com]

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Daniel Aipa

Get pumped up this summer—Build a better you! Meet Daniel Aipa, founder of The Kū Project, and find out what it means to be Kū through the integration of physical fitness and health with Hawaiian culture.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Hawaiian Humane Society Logo

There are many ways to make the world a better place. One way is by developing empathy for others; including animals. The Hawaiian Humane Society will present “Tails of Kindness” as part of the summer reading program’s “Build a Better World”. This program includes three short skits, and a read aloud that demonstrate empathy and responsible pet ownership.

This program is recommended for children in grades 1-5.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

STEM Challenge

Newspapers, plastic cups, and balloons. Useless junk? Or materials to make awesome structures?

Stop by the meeting room and challenge yourself, and your friends, to make towers from these everyday objects! Who’s tower will be the tallest? Strongest? Most beautiful? Come by and find out!

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

moving images archive of Hawaii

Second of a three part series, Keikilani Meyer will introduce and demonstrate these Hawaiian digital resources.

Session 2:

  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers – Library of Congress database of America’s historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924 as well as U.S. Newspaper Directory with information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
  • ‘Ulu’ulu – Hawaiʻi’s official state archive for moving images.
  • Papakilo Database: Kukulu ka ‘ike i ka ‘opua  –  A database of databases created by The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ (OHA’s) consisting of varied collections of data pertaining to historically and culturally significant places, events, and documents in Hawaii’s history.

This project is funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Arts and crafts supplies

Summer is coming to an end and the library wants to help you go back to school in style. Stop by the meeting and make do it yourself versions of some of your favorite school supplies including:

  • Pencil Cases
  • Personalized Pencils
  • Fidget Spinners
  • And more!

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

United States flag and the Statue of Liberty

A representative from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will discuss the following topics:

  • How to get a Green Card
  • How to become a U.S. Citizen
  • Rights and Responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship

This 90-minute informational program is suitable for ages 18 and older.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

AVA website banner

Third of this three part series, Keikilani Meyer will introduce and demonstrate these Hawaiian digital resources.

Session 3:

  • AVA Konohiki: Ancestral Visions of ‘Aina
  • Huapala: Hawaiian Lyrics & Hula Archive
  • Hula Preservation Society

This project is funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Hours

Date Time
Monday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 19
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 15
Magazines 46
Newspapers 1
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store No
Free computer classes No
Meeting rooms Yes
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes