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

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.

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.

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.

boy pretending to drive a cardboard box car

Never been to a drive-in before? No problem!

Participants are invited to make their own cardboard box car and park it at the library’s “drive-in” showing of Mater’s Tall Tales in the meeting room.

Supplies are limited. Get here early to secure a spot and decorate your car.

For a Song book cover

Set in Honolulu during the late spring of 2007, Rodney Morales’s For a Song melds actual events into an edgy detective novel that evokes contemporary Hawai`i as a place where the hauntingly beautiful and the hauntingly tragic too often intersect. Against a backdrop of political scandal and police corruption, the richly complex plot is driven by true-to-life characters and crisp dialogue. (from the publishers website)

The author, Rodney Morales, will join the book club for a discussion.  Everyone is very welcome, even if you haven’t read the book, yet.

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! – Complete a Read Aloud Bingo Card and be entered 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.

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.

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.

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.

Lost City of the Monkey God book cover

You may know Douglas Preston as half of the famous writing team with Lincoln Child, they wrote thrillers like Relic and Fever Dream from the Pendergast series. This book however, The Lost City of the Monkey God, is a thriller alright but it is all true!

The #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, named one of the best books of the year by The Boston Globe and National Geographic: acclaimed journalist Douglas Preston takes readers on a true adventure deep into the Honduran rainforest, into an untouched world of deadly snakes and ancient curses, in this riveting narrative about the discovery of a lost civilization-culminating in a stunning medical mystery.” [from Amazon.com]

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.

Only Child book cover

From the New York Times Book Review June 15, 2018 by Julia Pierpont: “Many novels have been written on the devastating subject of school shootings — Lionel Shriver’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Stephen King’s “Rage,” Jim Shepard’s “Project X,” to name a few — but in “Only Child,” the event itself is mercifully brief. By Page 10, the shooting is over. Navin’s true subject lies in the aftermath; it is a story of grief.

From Goodreads.com: Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hear gunshots ringing through the halls of his school. A gunman has entered the building, taking nineteen lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of this close-knit community. While Zach’s mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter’s parents, holding them responsible for their son’s actions, Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with his newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could have, Zach sets out on a captivating journey towards healing and forgiveness, determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion needed to pull them through their darkest hours.

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.

The Reason I Jump book cover

From the publishers website, Penguin Random House: “Naoki Higashida was born in Kimitsu, Japan in 1992. Diagnosed with severe autism when he was five, he subsequently learned to communicate using a handmade alphabet grid and began to write poems and short stories. At the age of thirteen he wrote The Reason I Jump, which was published in Japan in 2007. Its English translation came out in 2013, and it has now been published in more than thirty languages. Higashida has since published several books in Japan, including children’s and picture books, poems, and essays. The subject of an award-winning Japanese television documentary in 2014, he continues to give presentations throughout the country about his experience of autism.

From David Mitchell’s website: “In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki’s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. “It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship.” This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they’d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki’s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.”

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.

Children of Blood and Bone book cover

From Amazon.com  “Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel is the start of what promises to be an epic, addictive new series.The Children of Blood and Bone is influenced by Adeyemi’s West African heritage, and in it she bends religious deities (the Orïsha) and a diverse landscape into a refreshing new take on fantasy.The Children of Blood and Bone is told from multiple points of view, as Inan and Amari, children of the iron-fisted king, and Zélie and Tzain, siblings who have suffered greatly under the king’s regime, find themselves on a dark, magic-filled quest for power. Their journey is accompanied by violence and betrayal, but friendship and even star-crossed love also play a part. Enriched with themes that resonate in today’s social and political landscape,The Children of Blood and Bone takes on injustice, discrimination, and a struggle for change. The action and danger ramp up with each chapter, and I found myself racing through the final pages, holding my breath right up to the cliffhanger ending.– Seira Wilson for the Amazon Book Review”

This young adult fantasy novel is in development for a movie by Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions. Let’s not let the teens have all the fun, join us for a discussion of this fantasy novel.  Teens are welcome to 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.

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