Waianae Public Library

Address

85-625 Farrington Hwy, Waiʻanae, HI 96792, United States
808-697-7868

About

Welcome to the Waianae Public Library! Built by contractor Charles Windstedt, our library opened on Dec. 20, 1966 and is located next to the Waianae Fire Station and Waianae District Park. Our small library serves 44,000 residents on the Westside coast of Oahu from Nanakuli to Makaha. The library has a unique and extensive collection of Hawaiian quilt patterns.


Upcoming events at this branch

Cartoon animals reading books. Storytime

Enjoy weekly themed books, songs, and crafts with the whole family. Each week we discuss a new theme and read related stories. A craft based on the theme is also provided. This program is recommended for children in preschool and older but all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Family Storytime will be held each Saturday at 10:30 am, except on State holidays. Storytime will not occur April 20, May 5, or May 25.

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 with books

Storytime for infants, toddlers, and their caregivers. Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and activities based on early literacy research and the Every Child Ready to Read Program. Learn how talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing help get your child ready to read. This program is intended for children 0 -3 years old. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Toddler Time will be held on Tuesdays at 9:30 am, except on State holidays. Toddler Time will not occur March 26 or May 28.

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.

Grossology typography

Back by popular demand! Our second grossology event will focus on blood and mucus with a sprinkling of science. There will be hands on activities and explanations on just why this icky stuff is so important.

Join us for a disgustingly good 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.

Program is suitable for ages 5 and under. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

New Collected Poems by Wendell Berry book cover

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate we are reading poems by the American author Wendell Berry. Any poems.  Wendell Berry is a writer of short stories and poetry as well as an essayist, and farmer committed to sustainable agriculture. The library has many of his books in our collection. New Collected Poems is one of those books but there are many others.

Our special guest for the evening is Susan Schultz.  Susan Schultz is a poet, educator at University of Hawaii Manoa and editor of the poetry journal TinFish Press. TinFish Press publishes experimental poetry from the Pacific Region.  Everyone is very welcome, even if you haven’t read any poems of Wendell Berry.  If you like poetry or are interested in learning a few things that will help you enjoy those poems you do read, please join us.

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.

Muolaulani hula dancers

Mu‘olaulani is a contemporary Hawaiian dance company, led by Artistic Director and Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang. The performers have been trained through the dance school Halau Hula No‘eau in the style called hula ku‘i – a descriptive dance style which blends traditional hula with western idioms. The group brings to the stage Hawaiian rituals, myths, and legends with a contemporary flair, to tell the stories of Hawai‘i and its rich culture.

This free 45-minute program is recommended for ages 5 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Sponsored by the Friends of Wai‘anae Library. This is a production of the University of Hawai‘i Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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.

Goodfather book cover

Larry Mehau was perhaps the most powerful man in Hawai‘i since Kamehameha the Great, powerful in every way — physically, mentally, spiritually, financially, politically. Four Hawai‘i governors attended his celebration of life. So did the current Honolulu prosecuting attorney, a sitting member of the state Supreme Court and former justice. That’s rather amazing for a man who was alleged to be the “godfather” of crime in Hawai‘i. Also invited was Don Chapman, the award winning Honolulu writer-editor who was the only journalist Mehau trusted enough — simply through Chapman’s reputation as a straight shooter — to sit down with and share the exclusive details of his life. Those interviews form the basis of The Goodfather, and Chapman adds his own commentary as well as that of Mehau’s friends and associates, complemented by more than 100 historical photos. [from the publisher’s website]

 

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.

Father and son reading together

Free books, food, and lucky prize drawings!

At the library’s read aloud nights families will enjoy books read by our special guest readers and community literacy partners. All children in attendance will receive a free book to keep as their own.  Refreshments will also be provided.

Keep the fun going! – Use one of our Read Aloud Tracker Bookmarks to keep track of the days you read together for at least 15 minutes. Completed bookmark trackers can be turned into Wai‘anae Public Library and become your entries into the lucky prize drawing for family fun activities.

This recurring program will take place from 6:00-7:30 on:

  • September 19
  • November 21
  • January 16
  • March 20
  • May 15

Mahalo to our program partners: HECO, Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Read to Me International, and Hawaii Literacy.

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. Program is suitable for ages 5 and under. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Underground Railroad book cover

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2017) and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. [from Amazon.com]

June is Audiobook Month, so we would like to encourage our readers to listen to this selection. We will discuss the book as well as the performance of the readers.

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.

We Are Legion book club

The Bobiverse is the story of Robert “Bob” Johansson, who, after becoming financially independent by selling his software company, decides to spend some of his money by contracting to have his head cryogenically frozen by CryoEterna Inc. upon his death. The idea is that his head would be preserved until later, when technology permitted a body to be grown and his thawed head attached to it – thus resuming life. The next day he is unexpectedly killed in an automobile accident, and his contract is activated. He wakes up 117 years later and finds that he has been harvested from his frozen disembodied head and installed in a computer matrix as an artificial intelligence. The world has significantly changed.” [from the Fandom website]

Digital technology is again disrupting the rules of book selling. Ebook self-publishing allowed Andy Weir, Hugh Howey, E. L. James, among others, to become best-selling authors. Now Dennis E. Taylor has written an under-the-radar bestseller by selling first to Audible.com with his science fiction novel We Are Legion (We Are Bob). The book is relatively unknown because Taylor is still selling self-published printed copies on Amazon, but it’s a huge hit on Audible.” [from the BookRiot website]

Join us for an out of the world discussion on We Are Legion (We Are Bob) the first book in the Bobiverse series. It promises to be fun!

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.

Fly Girls book cover

You may have seen this article by Pennie Clark Ianniciello (book buyer) in the August 2018 Costco Connections magazine:

I’ve long stopped being surprised at the notable things women have done throughout our country’s history. I do, however, marvel at the fact that we’ve only begun to plumb the depths of their feats. […] Fly Girls is the story of five women who raced airplanes against men the the 1920s and ‘30s. In soaring text, O’Brien weaves together the stories of a high school dropout, a divorcee, a blue blood, a mother of two and, most famous of all, Amelia Earhart.”

Join us for the discussion.

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 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED - CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 19
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 14
Magazines 46
Newspapers 1
WiFi Yes
Friends' book store Yes
Free computer classes No
Meeting rooms Yes
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes