ʻOihana Hale Waihona Puke Aupuni o ka Mokuʻāina o Hawaiʻi
Public Library System
Where you belong
Why read alone when you can read with others?
Throughout the year, HSPLS participates in reading programs for various ages, reading levels, and needs.
The Hawaii State Public Library System offers free year-round reading challenges through Beanstack, an online reading platform. Participants will be able to track/log reading minutes, participate in fun activities, receive book recommendations, write book reviews, and more.
Students in grades 4-12
Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.
The Library of Congress
Students in grades 4-6
R.E.A.D. (Read Enjoy Analyze Discuss) for NENE promotes reading and discussion of literature. Students in grades 4 to 6 are encouraged to read Nene Nominees, discuss them with other students and classes, then vote for their favorite.
People with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability
NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS offers books the way you want them: in braille or audio formats, mailed to your door for free, or instantly downloadable.
Library of Congress
In addition to these system wide programs, you may find other unique reading programs at your local branch.
In observance of the Christmas holiday, all public libraries will be closed on Monday, December 25, 2023. Libraries that are normally open on Saturday and Sunday will also be closed on December 23 and 24.
In observance of the New Year's Day holiday, all public libraries will be closed on Monday, January 1, 2024. Libraries that are normally open on Saturday and Sunday will also be closed on December 30 and 31.