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.

Vote Now! Support Read To Me International

Posted on: September 12, 2018 | Category: News

Read To Me logoClick to Vote Now web buttonWe need your help! Read To Me International needs your vote to attain funding to support their literacy program with incarcerated moms. Please vote here for Read to Me International by Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Here is RTMI’s story:

Two years ago, RTMI started a venture to support one of Hawaii’s most marginalized groups: incarcerated moms. This new, one-of-a-kind program features volunteers coaching inmates to each write and illustrate a children’s storybook. The storybook and an audio recording of the story are sent home to their children so incarcerated moms can still read to their little ones. This program is so much more than reading; it strengthens bonds between parent and child, instills confidence in inmates to accomplish a rigorous task of self-authoring and illustrating their own children’s storybook, and empowers our volunteers to be part of a solution. Today, the program has 57 graduates who have each published a children’s storybook. RTMI would like to offer this program in other prison facilities, and is now competing for a national prize that includes funding.

We want the nation to know our story: how reading aloud has the power to positively transform families’ lives and support keiki of incarcerated parents. Would you like to support these efforts?

Imua Read To Me International!