Wahiawa Public Library

Address

820 California Ave, Wahiawa, HI 96786, United States
808-622-6345
Photo of Wahiawa branch building

About

Welcome to the Wahiawa Public Library! Designed by Arthur Kohara and built by Wahiawa Builders, our current library building opened on July 15, 1965. Wahiawa Public Library is the oldest library on Oahu; in 2015 it celebrated 75 years of service. As an important community information node, literacy, lifelong learning, and a love of reading remain vital to our library’s mission.


Upcoming events at this branch

Story Time Bear on green grass with background flowers, palm trees, and ocean

April is National Poetry Month, and Wahiawa Public Library invites you to join the librarian on Saturday morning for a poetry-themed story time! There will be stories, songs, dancing, and a little silliness geared toward learning about and appreciating poetry. After story time is over, children and families will have the opportunity to do a poetry-themed activity.

This event is geared toward toddlers and children up to age 8. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required. All programs are subject to change.

Cross Roads sign with Careers, Jobs, Skills Workshops and Resume Help

Are you looking for work but don’t know where to start in your search? Do you need help writing a resume that will help you stand out to employers? Are you overwhelmed by the hiring process?
Every Friday at 11:00am, our volunteer job search expert will help you get started and give you resources to find employers in Hawaii so you can start your new career path!

Our volunteer can assist with the following:

  • Email and computer setup so you can communicate with employers
  • Job search tips
  • Drafting or reviewing resumes
  • Interview preparation advice
  • And more!

Appointments may be made by calling 808-622-6345. Appointment slots are for 15 minutes, though the volunteer may be able to work with you longer depending on availability. There is paperwork to fill out ahead of your appointment. Please see the Reference Librarian for a copy of the pre-appointment worksheets.

Job Search Assistance at Wahiawa Library is made possible by our generous community volunteers.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required. Program schedule is subject to change.

Crochet roses and pen

Learn to make simple crochet roses with guided instruction. Intended for beginners, but intermediate and advanced crocheters welcome. Yarn and crochet tools will be provided for use during the event. Space is limited to 8 participants. Please call the library at 808-622-6345 to reserve your space.

This event is recommended for older teens, adults, and seniors. Not recommended for children under the age of 12.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required. All programs are subject to change.

A cartoon girl sits on yoga mat meditating in front of pink background with blue thought bubble

Are you or your child stressed, anxious, struggling in work or school, or having difficulty managing emotions or focusing? Learning mindfulness can help you cope with challenging life events by teaching you awareness of self and the outer world. Outcomes can include improved empathy and compassion, listening skills, and even better school or work performance.

This 45-minute class taught by professional clinical psychologist Dr. Patrick Jichaku, Ph.D. will teach and provide an opportunity for attendees to practice mindful calming and attentional skills. He will use activities and exercises to show how to practice mindful awareness and to apply and integrate it into every day life.

Class will be held in library meeting room. Current limit of 15 participants. Please call the library at 808-622-6345 to register. Guests are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats; however, the library does have extra mats for guests who do not have them. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. All ages are welcome to attend.

About the Speaker: Dr. Patrick Jichaku is a faculty clinical psychologist at the UH-Manoa Counseling and Student Development Center. He has taught mindful awareness methods for UH undergraduate and graduate students (and a few professors) since 2009. Dr. Jichaku started his own daily meditation practice 47 years ago and was taught to meditate by several excellent and traditional Zen meditation teachers.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

three chess pieces, text: "CHESS"

Want to learn how to play chess with other enthusiasts? Come check out the Wahiawa Library Chess Club, meeting every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm in the Wahiawa Library Children’s Room. Learn the basics and more with other veteran players and try out your new skills as you play against each other.

The first hour we will learn strategies and practice with puzzles, then you will have the opportunity to practice those skills the last hour! The library has two extra chess boards for anyone interested. The chess boards are first come, first serve. If you have any questions, feel free to call (808) 622-6345.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

A picture of a marquee that says Blockbuster Movie Night with a pink theater background

Spend the evening at Wahiawa Library and enjoy free movies with other people in the community!

Daredevil archaeologist Indiana Jones races against time to retrieve a legendary dial that can change the course of history. Accompanied by his goddaughter, he soon finds himself squaring off against Jürgen Voller, a former Nazi who works for NASA. Rated PG-13. Runtime 142 minutes. (from swank.com)

Popcorn and fun-size candies may be offered depending on availability. All food is provided by the Friends of the Wahiawa Library or other guests.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

Book Club

Join Wahiawa community members for our monthly book club where you can share and discuss what you’re reading. This program is run by members of the community, and the books discussed are chosen by participants.

This month’s book pick is Lady Tan’s Circle of Women, but we encourage attendees to discuss any books they have been reading and want to share. All genres and titles are welcome!

Call the library at 808-622-6345 for next month’s pick and for more information.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

Dungeons & Dragons Logo against a fantasy backdrop

Calling all adventurers! Have you always wanted to learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons but didn’t know where or how to start? Aloha Adventurer’s Guild is here to help you embark on an epic quest! With their help, you will:

  • Learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons 5th Ed from the ground up. No experience? No problem! Aloha Adventurer’s Guild has all the tools you need.
  • Receive pre-generated character sheets and begin playing and learning almost immediately! If you’ve already made a character before, bring your character sheets! (Levels 1-3 preferred)
  • Develop communication, teamwork, and creative skills with minimal stress in a judgement free zone! We’ll show you what to do to get the most out of your gameplay.
  • Meet new friends and find people to play with that are as interested in the game as you are!
  • Check out Wahiawa Library’s extensive Dungeons & Dragons collection of books and materials to help you master the game! We even have extra character sheets and handouts to help you learn!

Aloha Adventurer’s Guild will be in Wahiawa for three separate sessions during Spring 2024 (March, April, May) and will continue in the Fall depending on availability of volunteers. You do not need to attend all sessions, and you can join any time! If time and staffing allow, one of the librarians at Wahiawa will be continuing campaigns during the summer for up to six people at a time. Stop by the reference desk or call us at 808-622-6345 if you are interested in learning more!

All Dungeons & Dragons sessions will be held in Wahiawa Public Library’s meeting room. Please arrive on time to get the best experience from our interactive program.  Though this event is geared toward preteens and young adults, all levels and ages welcome! Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied for parent or guardian at all times.

This event is generously funded by the Friends of the Wahiawa Library and is made possible through volunteers of the Aloha Adventurer’s Guild.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 48 hours 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.

three chess pieces, text: "CHESS"

Want to learn how to play chess with other enthusiasts? Come check out the Wahiawa Library Chess Club, meeting every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm in the Wahiawa Library Children’s Room. Learn the basics and more with other veteran players and try out your new skills as you play against each other.

The first hour we will learn strategies and practice with puzzles, then you will have the opportunity to practice those skills the last hour! The library has two extra chess boards for anyone interested. The chess boards are first come, first serve. If you have any questions, feel free to call (808) 622-6345.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

Women on couch knitting

Join members of the community two Thursdays of every month for knitting and talking story. This one-hour informal knitting group is open to veteran knitters and beginners alike! If you need any knitting supplies, be sure to make the members know, and they can help.

This event is geared toward older teens, adults, and seniors. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required. All programs are subject to change.

Hours

Date Time
Monday CLOSED - CLOSED
Tuesday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED - CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 18
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 20
Magazines 12
Newspapers 1
WiFi Yes
Friends' book store Yes
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms Yes
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services No

ALERT | Due to inclement weather, all Kauai libraries will be closed today, April 12, 2024.  

In State observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all public libraries will be closed from May 25 to 27, 2024.