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

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.

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.

Stylized American flag containing photo collage of immigrants' faces

Kamana Mathur, Community Relations Officer with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will share information on the following topics:

· Immigration 101: How to get a green card and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card (12:30 – 2:00 pm)
· How to become a U.S. Citizen and online filing demo (2:00 – 3:30 pm)

These 90 minute sessions are suitable for adults.
All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, 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.

Cartoon image of Mr. Kneel and friends

Neil McIntyre is a professional speaker, Hip-Hop emcee, beatboxer, and goofball. He uses his talents as “Mr. Kneel” to encourage and uplift children of all ages. Mr. Kneel creates original Hip-Hop music that assists educators & Parents in promoting children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. See www.mrkneel.com for more information.

Jamalski joins Mr. Kneel in this special program to share beatboxing with youngsters. Jamalski talent is showcased in “jump and move” from the movie Happy Feet.

Join us at the library for a free show in which Mr. Kneel and Jamalski share their love of books and music through beatboxing.

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.

 

turkey with words gobble gobble

Drop in the children’s room for an afterschool holiday craft.  We will be creating a Thanksgiving turkey decoration.  This program is brought to the library courtesy of Michele Carvahlo from the Partners in Development Foundation, Hui Ho’omalu.

All supplies will be provided.  This program is free and suitable for all ages.  Children 5 years old and under 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.

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.

Please join us for an informational seminar about the 2019 United Healthcare Medicare plan. Insurance agents from Financial Benefits Insurance HI will give an overview on the details of Medicare and will be on hand to answer any questions. Targeted for those 65 and over, but open to all.

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.

Alcohol Ink Craft

Learn the cool new trend in painting with alcohol inks taught by teen artist Alex Middleton. Supplies will be provided. This free program is open to all children and teens age 12 to 19.

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.

pumpkin

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a 3-D pumpkin made with paper. Create colorful pumpkins with two sided images or solid colors. Participants design their own pumpkins with markers, pens and pencils. Join us for this after school program and create these pumpkins just in time for the holidays.

 Program is suitable for ages 5 to 12.

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.

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.

Picture of sewing thread, pliers and buttons

Learn to make your own wire 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 14 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.

Pokemon logo

Pikachu needs your help to find Ash. Ash is lost in PokePark and needs your help in escaping before it closes. Help him escape within 30 minutes or risk losing his title as a grand master Pokemon. Work as a team in completing challenges to ensure Ash retains his title as Grand Master Pokemon.

Sign-up is required to participate. Register with the children’s librarian. Walk ons may be allowed if space is available. Space is limited, so see children’s librarian if interested in participating.

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.

Hat 3D art

Create holiday artwork using angles made by straight lines. Participants trace over a template to create 3-D Images. After templates are traced over with black markers, participants connect dots to create 3-D effects. To complete the design, participants use markers, color pencils or crayons to fill in the angles to create 3-D pictures.

Bring your imagination and create beautiful artwork using lines and colors.

Program is suitable for ages 8-12 years.

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.

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