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 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.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Book cover for the wild robot

The Nēnē Award Book Club will meet September 20 at 3:30 to talk about The Wild Robot by Peter Brown and do a related activity over snacks. This book club is for children who will fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in the Fall of 2017.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

photo of chinese woman in traditional dress

Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club (1989) and her newest novel The Valley of Amazement (2013), Bonesetter’s Daughter is her fourth novel written in 2001.

Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter’s Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. The story conjures the pain of broken dreams, the power of myths, and the strength of love that enables us to recover in memory what we have lost in grief. Over the course of one fog-shrouded year, between one season of falling stars and the next, mother and daughter find what they share in their bones through heredity, history, and inexpressible qualities of love.  Amazon.com

 Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

 

 

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 ages 2-7 but all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Glow in the dark stars

Enjoy stories, crafts and activities that glow in the dark! Kids can listen to stories and make glow in the dark necklaces in the children’s area. They are then invited to play games and do activities under black lights in the meeting room.

Hooray for Wednesday occurs on the first Wednesday of month at 3:30. Each month will have a fun activity for children, teens, and in-betweens.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Program is suitable for ages 5 and under. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Book cover for upside down magic

The Nēnē Award Book Club will meet October 18 at 3:30 to talk about Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski and do a related activity over snacks. This book club is for children who will fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in the Fall of 2017.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

sunset photo with 2 boys

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

John Irving’s review on Amazon

“That Abraham Verghese is a doctor and a writer is already established; the miracle of this novel is how organically the two are entwined. I’ve not read a novel wherein medicine, the practice of it, is made as germane to the storytelling process, to the overall narrative, as the author manages to make it happen here. The medical detail is stunning, but it never overwhelms the humane and narrative aspects of this moving and ambitious novel. This is a first-person narration where the first-person voice appears to disappear, but never entirely; only in the beginning are we aware that the voice addressing us is speaking from the womb! And what terrific characters–even the most minor players are given a full history. There is also a sense of great foreboding; by the midpoint of the story, one dreads what will further befall these characters. The foreshadowing is present in the chapter titles, too–‘The School of Suffering’ not least among them! Cutting for Stone is a remarkable achievement.”

 

 Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

 

 

Adult reading to three children

Join us for a special storytime event in celebration of Make a Difference Day. Volunteers from Ohana100 will read with keiki and engage in fun reading activities to promote literacy.  Free books will be given to children and teens (babies through age 18) during this event, while supplies last.

Ohana100 is a non-profit organization that promotes literacy and community services in Hawaii and New York. Over the years, they have provided free and gently used books to children and supported literacy initiatives in local communities.

Program schedule is subject to change.  Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Families are invited to start off Halloween night with trick or treating at the library! There will be multiple stations throughout the library giving out non-candy items.

Little ones can join us in the meeting room for not-so-spooky crafts and games. Healthy snacks will also be provided.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Program is suitable for ages 5 and under. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

George Washington's Secret Six book cover

George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

When George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied—thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. He realized that he couldn’t defeat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York.       Amazon.com

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

 

 

Nazi Officer's Wife book cover

The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Edith Hahn-Beer

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the help of a Christian friend, she emerged in Munich as Grete Denner. There she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her. Despite Edith’s protests and even her eventual confession that she was Jewish, he married her and kept her identity a secret.

In wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear. She tells how German officials casually questioned the lineage of her parents; how during childbirth she refused all painkillers, afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal something of her past; and how, after her husband was captured by the Soviets, she was bombed out of her house and had to hide while drunken Russian soldiers raped women on the street.

Despite the risk it posed to her life, Edith created a remarkable record of survival. She saved every document, as well as photographs she took inside labor camps. Now part of the permanent collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., these hundreds of documents, several of which are included in this volume, form the fabric of a gripping new chapter in the history of the Holocaust—complex, troubling, and ultimately triumphant.   Amazon.com

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

 

 

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 15
Magazines 46
Newspapers 1
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store Yes
Free computer classes No
Meeting rooms Yes
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes