Important Alert #1:  The Hilo Public Library's restrooms, except for those in the Children's Section, are not in service as of Friday, January 11, 2019. No ADA restrooms are available at this time. The estimated time of repair is Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  We apologize for this inconvenience to our Hilo library patrons.

Important Alert #2:  The Kaneohe Public Library will be closed for approximately one month, starting January 2, 2019 for a parking lot improvement project.  The book drop will be closed from 10 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018  and remain closed until the library reopens. During the closure, borrowed items may be returned to any public library. Updates on the reopening of the Kaneohe Public Library will be posted on our website. We apologize for this inconvenience to our Kaneohe library users.

Ongoing reading programs

Why read alone when you can read with others?

Throughout the year, HSPLS participates in reading programs for various ages, reading levels, and needs.


Letters about literature

Letters about literature banner image

Who is it for?

Students in grades 4-12

How does it work?

Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.

Who sponsors it?

The Library of Congress

Where can I learn more?

Go to program


Nene awards

Nene award seal

Who is it for?

Students in grades 4-6

How does it work?

R.E.A.D. (Read Enjoy Analyze Discuss) for NENE promotes reading and discussion of literature. Students in grades 4 to 6 are encouraged to read Nene Nominees, discuss them with other students and classes, then vote for their favorite.

Who sponsors it?

  • Hawaii Department of Education
  • Hawaii State Public Library System
  • Hawaii Association of School Librarians
  • Hawaii Library Association

Where can I learn more?

Go to program


That all may read

That all may read program banner

Who is it for?

People with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability

How does it work?

NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS offers books the way you want them: in braille or audio formats, mailed to your door for free, or instantly downloadable.

Who sponsors it?

Library of Congress

Where can I learn more?


Programs at your local branch

In addition to these system wide programs, you may find other unique reading programs at your local branch.