IMPORTANT ALERT! Aloha! The Aina Haina Public Library will be closed until further notice, while we repair damages to the library from the flood. We apologize for the inconvenience. Mahalo for your patience! We send good wishes to all of our neighbors who were affected by the flooding.

 

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

Join us at the library for a hands-on basic computer class. Interested in signing up for email, or creating a document? Need to troubleshoot common computer problems? Sessions are repeated, so please sign up for another session if you need more assistance. Learn how to use a computer more effectively to improve your life in the digital age.

Registration required. Limited to 6 students per session. Call the library or visit the Reference Desk to register.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Chess Club

Stop by to play chess with a friend. Chess sets are provided by Hilo Public Library.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

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.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

recycling symbol

Turn trash into something to treasure! Stop by the children’s room and create with recycled materials. Program is free and the library will provide materials.  Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

On May 1st, Ruth will talk about her own practice and read from her new work, answer your questions and offer guidance for continuing your writing.

The author of three books of poetry, Ruth Thompson also teaches “Body Speaking” workshops and runs Saddle Road Press. Ruth’s work has won many national awards, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has been published in numerous journals.

 

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

two books

Join us for an author talk with Neena Roumell, to present her new book, Attachment Fathering.

Attachment Fathering reaches out to new parents to help strengthen the bond between the fathers and babies; and to reinforce the opportunity for strong attachments and sensitive parenting. The photographs primarily focus on fathers and their infants; looking at their interactions following birth, comforting, caretaking and during play.

Neena Roumell, Ph.D is a licensed psychologist who worked for greater than thirty years with infants and their parents in Metro Detroit hospitals. Her training with several world renowned pediatricians including Berry Brazelton, shaped her focus on the importance of educating new parents and especially to new fathers, who may have had limited nurturing from their own fathers. This education was crucial in sensitizing new parents on the emotional needs of infants. Her academic work in child development has appeared in many peer reviewed journals and publications.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

 

Keiki Storytime

Explore new worlds and meet different book characters each week during story time. Each week, Aunty Marsha shares books, songs, finger rhymes and activities to make the books come alive for our youngest visitors. We invite our littlest ones to spend their mornings with us as we use our imaginations to visit exciting new places and make friends.

Program is suitable for ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

 

 

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.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Free Comic Book Day logo

This library branch will be participating in Free Comic Book Day!  Just show your valid HSPLS library card and receive a free comic book of your choice, while supplies last.  Comic book selections this year include Avengers/Captain America, Disney Princess, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Pokemon, Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake, Star Wars Adventures, and more. Comic book selection may vary at participating branches.

This is the 17th anniversary of HSPLS’ participation in this annual all-ages event. Free Comic Book Day is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i, Gecko Books & Comics, and Collector Maniacs.

adult and child holding hands

Come and learn about the needs of our foster children in East Hawaii. During this information session you will hear from families who have opened their hearts and homes to Big Island keiki in foster care.  This program is courtesy of the Partners in Development Foundation and the State of Hawai’i Department of Human Services. All programs are subject to change.  If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Astronomy Galaxy

Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies (the Stars, Planets, moons, constellations,etc…) and how these influence human affairs and terrestrial events. Presenter Yahavah Mathison has been practicing astrology since 1991. She has traveled intensively to study astrology with the world’s most famous astrologers.

Please join us to find out more!

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

 

mom written in script with a flower

Celebrate Mom! Free Mother’s Day card making craft with Alex Middleton.  This program is recommended for children ages 6 and up. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.  Space is limited; please sign-up in the children’s room. All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Come in and try our new Atari Flashback 7 video game kit! Two players can play at one time—bring your gaming partner or meet a new one. Registration is required. Sign-up in the children’s room. This program is free and open to ages 11 to 17.  Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

Puzzle depicting alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts.

This presentation will cover:

• Symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia
• Causes and risk factors
• How to find out if it’s Alzheimer’s disease
• The benefits of early detection
• Treatment
• Hope for the future
• Ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

 

Picture of sewing thread, pliers and buttons

Learn to make your own jewelry with Alex Middleton. Tools and supplies will be provided, and sign-up is required at the Reference Desk.

Limited seating of 10 participants.  Recommended for ages 16 and up.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

bunny scavenger hunt

Bunnies have escaped and are hiding in the kid’s department. We need your help to gather them up. Children find 9 bunnies dressed as famous characters in the kid’s room. Children use a special name book to find the dressed up bunnies and match them on a handout.

Scavenger hunt is appropriate for ages 5 and up.

We hope to find our lost bunnies with your help.

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.

Image is from https://jbrary.com/spring-scavenger-hunt/

image of Durga, Hindu goddess

This program combines storytelling and music recounting the thrilling story and raga of Durga. She is a most famous Goddess of India and South Asia who is celebrated for ten days every year.

Take a journey to India accompanied by an ensemble of story-tellers, dancers, and musicians. The group will bring to life three tales of heroism, romanticism, and grit featuring classical Indian ragas on North Indian instruments.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

mummy tomb

As an explorer, you have always loved Egypt. Its where your great grandfather, Howard Carter, discovered the remains of the ancient pharaoh Tutankhamen.

On a walk beside the River Nile, you and some friends suddenly feel the ground shift, sending you all tumbling down a stony shaft.

Recovering from the fall, you find yourself trapped in an ancient tomb. The thick layer of dust makes it clear that the chamber has rested undisturbed for thousands of years.

The only doorway is sealed shut by an ancient stone lock. You must find your way out with only your grandfathers trusted diary to guide you with hints and tips. If you don’ t this, chamber may become your tomb as well.

Challenge goal: Unlock the door by aligning the ancient stones.

Players work in teams of 4-6 to solve the puzzle and escape the room within 1 hour. This program is suitable for kids ages 10-12. Please register with the kids department to participate in this program.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

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.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

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 Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes