Kailua-Kona Public Library

Address

75-138 Hualalai Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, United States
808-327-4327

About

Welcome to the Kailua-Kona Public Library! Designed by architect George Iwasaki, our library opened on a leap day – Feb. 29, 1992. It is the second largest and second busiest library on Hawaii Island. We have a drive-through bookdrop and won an exemplary architectural design award from the Commission on Persons with Disabilities.


Upcoming events at this branch

Woman reading to infant

Play With Me is a series of parent-and-child interactive playgroups designed for infants and toddlers. Each session is an hour long, with infant-toddler specialists there to support and guide parents as they engage in activities with their child.

The playgroup utilizes recent research on the neuroscience behind child brain development and Ellen Galinsky’s book, ‘The Mind in the Making’. The Five Building Basics are:

  • Look: What catches your baby’s eye?
  • Follow: Let children lead the way.
  • Chat: Talk out loud and together.
  • Take Turns: Back and forth interaction.
  • Stretch: Make the moment last longer.

This program is brought to families at no charge through a collaboration between the Kailua-Kona Public Library, the Kona Elks Lodge 2016, and the Kona Family Literacy and Interaction Program.

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

Teen boy carrying Chromebook

Hey Teens, Kailua-Kona Public Library is starting a new Chromebook service for teens in grades 6-12! We have two Chromebooks that can be borrowed and used in the Young Adult Section for doing school homework, accessing the library’s databases through our website, or just surfing the web on our wifi network. You don’t need to have a library card, and the two Chromebooks are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but if you are listening to audio, you do need to bring your own earbuds/headphones. The Chromebooks are unable to print on wifi so if you need to print something, bring a USB flash drive with you.

This two-hour event will be held every Wednesday at 2 p.m. from October 23 to December 18, 2019.

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.

It's story time

Children (2-5 years old) and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian for stories and learning activities that promote early literacy skills.

Preschool Story Time is typically scheduled for the first three Thursdays of each month, August through April.

Preschool Story Time is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.).

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

crochet project

Here’s a chance to learn the basics of crochet and to complete a project.  The instructor, Charlot Bryant, will assist the participants in creating a wash cloth.  Supplies will be provided.  Space is limited to eight participants.  Please call the library if you plan to attend by calling 327-4327 to confirm your reservation.

If you require an auxiliary aid/service or 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.

Books

The Newbery Quiz Bowl (NQB) is an annual competition unique to Hawai‘i Island that celebrates readers and the best of children’s literature. Teams of students in the 4th through 7th grades are tasked with reading, comprehending, and remembering content from a rotating list of 40 Newbery Award-winning chapter books each year.

If you are interested in taking on this literary challenge as a member of the Kailua-Kona Public Library’s NQB team, the Page Masters, please attend our meetings to meet Ms. Jen and seasoned members of the team. We will discuss all that it takes to be a part of this exciting competition. Open recruitment ends Tuesday, November 19. We hope to see you there!

The Page Masters are proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.).

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

It's story time

Children (2-5 years old) and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian for stories and learning activities that promote early literacy skills.

Preschool Story Time is typically scheduled for the first three Thursdays of each month, August through April.

Preschool Story Time is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.).

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

Books

Our monthly two hour meetings of the Circle include an eclectic collection of travel research tips, what’s new in the library in the travel related sections, where we’ve been and where we are going.  We are active travelers trekking the near and far corners of the planet and returning with tips and stories to share.

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.

yarn and knitting needles
  • November 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Contact: 808-327-4327

Here’s a chance to socialize with knitters, to work on your project, and share ideas.  Bring your own chair, your project, and a beverage and meet on the library lanai to knit away.

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.

knitting sample

Here’s a chance to learn the basics of knitting and to complete a project.  Instructors Joann D’addo and Karen Wong will assist the participants in creating a “wash cloth”, supplies will be provided for the project.  Space is limited to eight (8) participants so please let us know if you plan to attend by calling the library at 327-4327 to reserve your seat.

If you require an auxiliary aid/service or 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.

Wordsworth Dances the Waltz

Come and join Aunty Leona, Aunty Roxanne, and Wordsworth the Mouse for a very special story time and activity hour.

In Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, written by Kapoho-born author and retired educator Frances H. Kakugawa, Wordsworth’s grandma has come to live with the family…but she’s so forgetful and strange! Wordsworth learns that as grandparents age, they may become different and even forget important things, but they are still an important part of our families. A powerful read-together, intergenerational story for all families.

This program is generously hosted and sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Hours

Date Time
Monday CLOSED - CLOSED
Tuesday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED - CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 23
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 20
Magazines 38
Newspapers 5
WiFi Yes
Friends' book store No
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes