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

A bunch of children's books

Picture books bring a child’s world alive through pictures with wonderful illustrations and story lines. Throughout November, we celebrate picture books with a special find the author game. Children can read picture books of their choice by 18 talented writers and log them on a book log. After finding and reading the books, participants turn the logs in for special prizes. Parents may also read books to youngsters and log them for prizes.

Prizes are awarded to kids 13 and below.

Stop by the kids once all ‘Wanted’ authors are found and bring your log to the children librarian.

Minecraft logo

Do you like to play Minecraft? Join fellow Minecraft enthusiasts as they build new worlds and have fun at the same time. Open to participants age 12 to 17. No sign up required, but limited to eight players per session.

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

Keiki Storytime

Children, ages 3 and up, are invited to bring loved ones to weekly story time. This is a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to make connections and build friendships with fellow youngsters. During this time aunty Marsha shares books, songs, finger plays with the littlest visitors. Children and their families are invited to stay after story time to make crafts. Come join us each week for fun and friendships.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library (10 days for Oahu; 15 days for neighbor islands) in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

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.

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. Program is free.

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.  Please  contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

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.

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.

People dressed up as pokemon

Pokemon fans of all ages and skills play a friendly game of Pokemon card trading, whereby players battle using cards to change into different pokemons and gain powers along the way. Participants bring their own cards to trade and battle with fellow players each Saturday.

Library does not provide cards.

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. Program is free.

Children are invited to play games provided by the library. Test your ninja skills to deactivate a dangeroues timer in Chronobomb. In addition to ninja skills, kids also use strategies to sink ships in a friendly game of battleship. Use clues to determine words in a friendly headbanzs game.

Create cool structures with wooden planks in a game known as contraptions. Well loved classic games are also available.

We invite you to come and enjoy an afternoon of games and fun.

The Princess Diaries movie poster

For a teenager Mia Thermopolis, just surviving each school day is an adventure. Then the shocking news arrives that she’s a real-life princess! So begins a comical transformation towards poise and princess-ness, including a media storm, jealous schoolmates and a plot to take over her country. -summary credited to dvd synopsis.

Join us during the holiday season for this special blast from the past movie showing. This movie is appropriate for all ages.

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

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.

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. Program is free.

Christmas Wreath

Join us for a free card making craft for children. We will be making a paper Christmas/Holiday Card with Alex Middleton. Program is suitable for ages 6 and up.  Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.  Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Reindeers are always a wonderful sight to see during the holiday season. This season, kids are invited to make their own reindeers and race them in the kids room on zip lines. Participants will choose how far and steep they want their zip lines to be.

Join us for the holiday fun and play a friendly reindeer race game.

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

Keiki Storytime

Children, ages 3 and up, are invited to bring loved ones to weekly story time. This is a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to make connections and build friendships with fellow youngsters. During this time aunty Marsha shares books, songs, finger plays with the littlest visitors. Children and their families are invited to stay after story time to make crafts. Come join us each week for fun and friendships.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library (10 days for Oahu; 15 days for neighbor islands) in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Cartoon image of cards in mailbox

Make a holiday card with Alex Middleton. Supplies will be provided, and sign-up is required at the Reference Desk.

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

Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Pokemon logo

Pokémon® fans unite at the library! Join us in the children’s room for crafts, games, prizes, and scavenger hunt. Wear your favorite Pokémon® gear and bring your cards for a trading club meeting after the celebration.  This program is free and suitable for all ages.

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

Hawaii Department of Health logo

Jason Dela Cruz joins us from the Hawaii State Department of Health to present helpful information on Rat Lung Worm. The presentation will include a Q&A session, so please bring your questions.

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

cartoon bear in bed with a book

Come to the library in your pajamas! Aunty Marsha will be hosting the Pajama Jammie Jam, a story time before bedtime, in the children’s room of the library. Get comfy and cozy with bedtime stories and music as you wind down your busy day.  All ages are welcome and bedtime attire is encouraged, you can even bring a blanket and pillow! Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

Group picture of Harmony on Tap members

Join us for a special a cappella performance from the local choral group, Harmony on Tap.  Cool women making H.O.T. music, for a good cause.  This program is free and suitable for all ages.  Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

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.

Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

spinning loom

Come and learn from the East Side Spinners, a group of fiber artists dedicated to the timeless art of hand spinning .This program is free and open to the public.  Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Candy Cane

Create stain- glass windows with wax paper and permanent markers this holiday season. Participants use various designs to trace and create their own windows. They use various permanent marker to color their designs and make it stand out.

Join us for this free craft. The program is suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh (stuffed animal) returns for his second visit to the Hilo Public Library. During the holiday season, youngsters can visit Pooh and take a family picture. Pooh’s personal assistant will be on hand to take family pictures using your own phone or camera.

Drop by and take a picture with him and make special memories in the library.

This program is free and suitable for all ages.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter of if special accommodations are needed. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

 

Hogswarts Castle from Harry Potter movies

Children are welcome to join the festivities in all things Harry Potter! This holiday season, participants can test their knowledge in a trivial pursuit game celebrating the world of Harry Potter. There will also be a jigsaw puzzle depicting Hogwarts School of Wizardry. Winners for the trivia game will receive prizes. Those who help complete the jigsaw puzzle will be entered to win the final jigsaw in a special drawing.

Potter fans may take special family pictures at the end of the festivities. Fans of the films are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters for special family pictures.

Program is open to teens and below. Picture taking will take place from 6:00 – 6:30 pm.

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

Snow Dogs movie poster

When Miami dentist Ted Brooks learns that his birth mother has passed away and that he was named in her will, he travels to Alaska to claim his inheritance. Rather than the large chunk of change that many people would expect, Ted instead receives his mother’s pack of rowdy sled dogs and her property. Although the dogs seemingly have it in for Ted, he decides to keep the dogs and race them in the local race, the Arctic Challenge, spiting a mountain man who wants the dogs. What follows is a comedy detailing Ted’s adventures in learning to run the sled dogs.

This program is free and suitable for all ages.

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

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 No
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services No