HSPLS to host New Puna Library Focus Group Meetings

As part of the on-going planning phase for a new library in Puna on Hawaii Island, the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will be hosting two additional focus group meetings in Puna:


Tuesday, February 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary School

18-1235 Volcano Rd.


Wednesday, February 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The Girls Scout Center in Keaau

16-105 Opukahaia St. (across from the Humane Society)


During the 2014 Legislative Session, $800,000 was allocated to the planning and design of a new library in Puna. The aim of the meeting is to seek input from the community regarding what is needed and wanted in the new library space. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Please RSVP to or call (808) 586-6890.




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HSPLS Offers Free Programs for Everyone

Did you know HSPLS offered 10,072 free programs in 2015 with a total attendance of 279,966! Our public libraries present a wide variety of programs for all age groups ranging from National Library Week, Star Wars Reads Day, Free Comic Book Day, Fall Programs for Children and Teens, storytimes, craft-making classes, concerts, performances, movies, and much more. For more information, view your island’s programs & events schedule or call or visit your local library.





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