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 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.

Banner of Celebrate Black History Month

The focus of this event will not only be on the past but also on the present as well as the future of African American people here in America.

Speakers from various artistic backgrounds will each contribute to the overall theme of Black History Month.

Guest presenters:
The Rev. Donald “Spiderman” Thomas – Author, lecturer,
fitness instructor and holder of three Guinness World records
Pricilla Momah – Singer, songwriter
Amilia Walker – Educator/Poet
Vince McMillion – Poet
Brother Owl – Master drummer
Sister Al-Qawi-Majidah – Speaker

Program schedule is subject to change. Please 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.

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 LEGO blocks

Children, ages 4-9, use their imagination to build things with LEGOS® provided by the library. Little builders are encouraged to build independently or with the help of a loved one. Builders who would like assistance with their projects may seek guidance from two lego experts during this time. Completed LEGOS® pieces are showcased in a display case during the week where it may viewed by the general public.

Space is limited so be sure to arrive on time for a spot.

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.

Zodiac inspired sign for year of the dog

Please join us at Hilo Public Library in celebration of Chinese New Year!

Kozmo Mimzi animation theatre group will host an interactive craft exchange and interactive dragon dance. Make a shadow cut-out or a dog mask in celebration of the Year of the Dog.

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

 

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.

apps

In celebration of tech week, children are invited to play a friendly game of Kahoots! in teams. Players answer multiple choice questions using a device provided by the librarian. The questions are projected onto a screen for both teams to view.

Players test their knowledge of the world, apps, Hawaii, technology, video games and cartoon characters. Teams discuss the answer and one person is chosen to input it into the device. Each member of the winning team will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. All participants will receive a smaller prize for participating.

Kids ages 7-12 may participate in teams. There must be at least two players for game to start.

Please sign-up at kids department to join a team.

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.

Join us in celebrating beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.  We will have games, prizes, crafts, and live entertainment. This program is free and suitable for all ages.  Children ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

waves and palm trees

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

Harry Potter ties

Harry Potter has ties linking wizardry students to four different houses. Club members have the opportunity to make their own tie book marks during this time. Participants may make the following bookmarks: Gryffindor, Slytherian, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.

They may use crayons, markers and pens to color in their personalized bookmark

Come join us for book marker fun.]

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.

 

 

photo of jackfruit

Join Susan Collins as she gives a demonstration at Hilo Public Library on how to prepare jackfruit for various recipes. Participants will learn how to clean, precook, freeze and add jackfruit to everyday cooking. Participants will be able to sample and take home new recipes.

Jackfruit is a nutritional bonanza of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. It is a viable sources of iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese as well. This native fruit to India and Bangladesh grows well in Hawaii and can be found statewide.

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

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.

Bonsai

Come to the library to view the Bonsai show or take a class. Show will run from 9 am to 3 pm. The scheduled classes are as follows:

Beginner Class: 9:30-10:30 am. Plant will be provided. 

Returning students: 1:00-2:00 pm. You must bring your plant from home.  Space is limited and sign-up is necessary.  To register for classes, visit or call the Reference Desk at (808) 933-8890.

Program schedule is subject to change. 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.

mini brush robot

We are celebrating Teen Tech Week at the library! Teens and Tweens are invited to make a Bristlebot from a kit. This program is open to ages 10 to 17. Program is free and registration is required.  Please sign up at the children’s reference desk.  Limit one kit per person. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

Cartoon image of Mr. Kneel and friends

Join us  for a free show in which “Mr. Kneel” (Neil McIntyre) shares his love for reading through beatbox and rhyme! Mr. Kneel is a professional speaker, Hip-Hop emcee, beatboxer, and goofball. He uses his talents as Mr. Kneel to encourage & uplift  children of all ages. Neil creates inspired original Hip-Hop music that assist educators & parents in promoting children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. This program is suitable for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

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

 

Labradoodle

Reading is a wonderful way to explore new worlds for many children. Aunty Marsha shares magical worlds through books during story time. Come join us as we read books, sing songs and have fun.

Aunty Marsha welcomes a special guest during this time. Belle, a Labradoodle, is my special story time guest. You may meet Belle and her owner when they visit. You may also find out more about what they do and learn about this special dog breed.

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.

world with amazing race

Participants race across six continents in the Amazing Race Challenge. Kids solve challenges representing Europe, Asia, Australia, Antarctica, South America and North America. Participants may work in teams or individually to complete the challenges. The winner is the individual or team that completes the challenges in the fastest time. The racer or race teams receive a prize for the fastest time completed.

The race begins at 2:30 pm.

Program is suitable for kids 8 years old and u

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.

Photo of presenter Gary Harrold with bicycle

Join us for an interactive and unique craft demo. Participants will learn how to make their own place mat made of items collected from travels around the world. Presenter Gary Harrold has traveled to many places and will offer a hands-on demo.

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.

two women in costume

The University of Hawai’i at Hilo Theatre ‘Auana program presents: ‘Ekolu – three plays for keiki. Tūtū, a grandmotherly narrator tells three familiar tales local-style: The Three Billygoats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, and Three Blind Mice. As she narrates, the characters perform the action using Hawaiian language dialogue. This program is free and suitable for all ages.  Children ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

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.

box of colored crayons

Stop in the children’s room today to celebrate the invention of crayons and the joy of coloring! We are giving away a free pack of crayons and we will have coloring activities. Limit one package of crayons per person, while supplies last.  This program is free and open to all ages.  Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.  Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

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.

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

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