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 at this branch

abstract design, adult coloring
  • August 27, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - September 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
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On Tuesday evenings, from 4:00- 6:30 PM, drop in and relax with a coloring activity sponsored by Hilo Public Library!

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

Profile foto-Smartest Card in your Wallet

Woody and his friends from Toy Story encourage you to get your first free library card and unlock the magical worlds of the library. Children receive a free activity book for their first library card.

We are also celebrating with a scrabble: Book edition game. Kids play the game by making words from book titles. Players are restricted to play a word a day and entered into the drawing for each word played.

Activity books and scrabble game are available for kids 12 years and below. Scrabble players do not need library cards to play and be entered into the drawing for a Basically Books gift certificate.

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.

Moana Badge

The Mountaineer Club returns for its third year. Club members read books of their choice and complete three short book reviews during the school year. In addition to the book reviews, participants also complete one project based on their favorite book. Members who complete their book reviews and projects receive invitations to a special celebration in May honoring them for their work throughout the year.

Visit or call us for more information if you are interested in becoming a member. We welcome new and returning members for a year of reading and projects.

Program is suitable for kids up to 12 years old.

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

Art Image
  • September 3, 2019 - November 2, 2019
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Are you an aspiring artist ready to design and paint an indoor mural? The Hilo Public Library has a DOOR with your name on it! The Children’s Room has a wood doorway that will be your canvas for an installation based on the theme “A UNIVERSE OF STORIES.” This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Hilo Public Library. CONTEST DETAILS: This contest is intended to provide a space for young artists ages 12 – 19 to share their talents and contribute to artwork in the library. The winning artist or artists will be presented with a $250 Amazon gift card upon installation of the door mural. Contest entries are due by November 2, 2019. Contest entry forms and guidelines are available at the young adult reference desk.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

 

 

Banned Books Week logo

Celebrate Banned Books Week by entering a contest to win a framed 1000-piece book themed jigsaw puzzle. Contest is open to teens age 12 to 19.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

game pieces

Join us on Saturday afternoons from 1:00-4:00pm for some family fun with cards and board games. We will have a mix of games available including: Chess, Scrabble, Rummikub, Sorry, Monopoly, Cribbage, Checkers, UNO, RISK, and Connect Four. Please feel free to bring games from home to use that day and we will also accept donated games.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

Recycle Hawaii Logo

Why can I recycle this and not that?
What is a 6 bin system?
How is food waste different?
Doesn’t the county sort waste?

Join Dani Burger for a Q&A session. Dani is a Master Recycler Composter on a mission to reduce waste.

You have questions. Come ask them. We’ll give you the updates on recycling and waste for Hilo, as well as facts on waste, where it’s from, and environmental impact. Then we’ll answer your questions in this public forum.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

 

dot paint
  • September 18, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds encourages youngsters to explore art with a simple dot. A girl believes she has no artistic talent until her teacher pins up her dot with a golden frame around it. She is inspired to create more dots, leading to her art work being showcased in the school’s art show.

We celebrate kid’s artistic imagination with others around the world on this special day. Participants use qtips to paint dots and create magnificent artwork. Participants also use markers to complete their amazing pictures.

Program is suitable for ages 5 and up.

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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.

Disney's Christopher Robin movie poster

Please join us for some family fun at Hilo Library’s Movie Night on Wednesday, September 18th at 4:30pm. The movie will be held in the Microfilm/ AV room on the makai side of the building.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

Cartoon of teddy bear in pirate hat reading a book

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, we 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.

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 30
Magazines 50
Newspapers 8
WiFi Yes
Friends' book store Yes
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services No