ALERT:  Hana Public and School Library will be open with modified hours for the following dates:  8/13/18 to 8/14/18 8am-11am, 8/15/18 to 8/16/18 11am-2pm; 8/20/18 8am-11am, 8/21/18 8am-4pm, 8/22/18 to 8/23/18 11am-2pm; 8/27/18 8am-11am.  The library will be closed on 8/17/18 to observe the Statehood Day holiday.  The library will resume normal public service hours on Tuesday, 8/28/18.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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

Calling All Teens! Review & Vote for your favorite book from the Great American Reads Book List. Enter as many times as you wish. One entry per book. Submit your review and be entered to win a prize! Contest is open to ages 12-19 years of age.

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. Join us as we  share books, songs and finger rhymes with little ones. 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.

 

 

FREE, easy Hawaiian language classes sponsored by the library!

Designed for adults & seniors. Learn Hawaiian chants/oli, songs and prayers. Instructor Puakea Sun has 8 years experience teaching Hawaiian at Kamana Senior Center.

Beginner 2 Class: Thursdays, 1:00- 2:30 PM
Intermediate Class: Thursdays, 3:00- 4:30 PM
Hilo Public Library, Program Room

It is recommended that students have some experience with the Hawaiian language.

Program size is limited. RSVP required. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

cupcake with frosting and cherry on top

Stop in for a special Saturday morning  program for a story with a cupcake theme! A story, song, craft, and cupcakes will be presented during this hour of fun for children.

Refreshments will be provided.  No outside food or drink is permitted in the library.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library at least 7 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Pierre the Chihuahua dog

Youngsters are encouraged to practice and improve their reading skills by reading to Pierre, certified therapy dog. Readers choose their own books to read during this special time.

We encourage youngsters to meet Pierre and owner Maile, during their special visits twice a month.

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.

Pokemon Club logo

Bring your Pokémon cards to battle, trade and admire!

Pokémon fans of all ages and skills play a friendly game of Pokémon card trading, whereby players battle using cards to change into different Pokémons 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.

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.

 

Photo credit: Public domain image from Pixabay

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!

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.

Family Game Day

Board games are a great way to get young minds thinking in fun and creative ways. Youngsters are invited to play games after school on this special day. Some of the games encourage friendly rounds of competition while others encourage participants to have fun.

Come join us and make friends along the way. This program is free and suitable for kids of all ages and families.

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. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.libraieshawaii.org/events.

glass jar with tissue paper applied

We will be using tissue paper and recycled glass jars to create a covered glass vase or pen holder. This program is free and open to ages 12 to 19.  Supplies will be provided, just bring your imagination!

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.

Photo credit: https://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com/

Drop in the children’s room for a creative recycling craft. Turn old cds and dvds into beautiful wind spinners for your window, lanai or garden. All supplies will be provided.   This program is free and suitable for children ages 5 and up.  Children 5 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Program schedule to change. Contact the hosting library at least 7 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Photo credit:   https://happyhooligans.ca

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; please sign-up at the children’s or young adult reference desk.   This program is free and open to ages 11 to 17.  Please contact the library 7 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

metal tags

Welcome back fellow Harry Potter students. The Harry Potter Club resumes with our first meeting and activities for the school year. Join us as we create house tags for the following houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. Members will use hammers to pound letters into metal tags to show which house is their favorite.

Also we will have a meeting to discuss the next Harry Potter club. Members direct the club through an advisory board and come up with activities for the next meeting.

We hope to see you in the next school year for the wizardry world of Harry Potter.

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

 

 

Puzzle depicting alzheimer's disease

The Alzheimer’s Association offers 10 Ways to Love Your Brain. These fun suggestions are based on the latest research and growing evidence which indicates that people can reduce their risk of memory loss by adopting certain healthy lifestyle habits. Combine all of these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body.

Join us for this interactive 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.

Batman Day logo

Celebrate Batman at the library!

Stop in the children’s room for the following activities to celebrate DC Comic’s Batman Day. Wear your bat cape or represent your favorite DC Comics superhero and come in costume. This program is free and suitable for all ages. Children 5 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Join us for the following programs:

  • Face Painting with Kourkie Kreations– 12-2 pm
  • Crafts with Joy from Ben Franklin Crafts–1-3 pm
  • A special showing of Lego Batman–1:30-3:30 pm 

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.

child in a fire proof suit

Learn about Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis with Dave Carvalho, from the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes, University of Hawaii at Hilo. Join Dave for hands on materials, activities, and fun!

This program is free and suitable for all ages. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library at least 7 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

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!

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.

Family Game Day

Board games are a great way to get young minds thinking in fun and creative ways. Youngsters are invited to play games after school on this special day. Some of the games encourage friendly rounds of competition while others encourage participants to have fun.

Come join us and make friends along the way. This program is free and suitable for kids of all ages and families.

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. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.libraieshawaii.org/events.

Family Game Day

Board games are a great way to get young minds thinking in fun and creative ways. Youngsters are invited to play games after school on this special day. Some of the games encourage friendly rounds of competition while others encourage participants to have fun.

Come join us and make friends along the way. This program is free and suitable for kids of all ages and families.

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. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.libraieshawaii.org/events.

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