PEARL CITY: The library will change open hours temporarily, while we work to repair the air conditioning system. Beginning September 27, 2015, the library will be open SUNDAY - THURSDAY FROM 10 AM - 4 PM.

Please understand that we will be monitoring the building temperature each day, and if the building becomes too hot, we may close to prevent health related illnesses.

As soon as repairs are completed, the Pearl City Library will return to normal hours of operation. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.




Banned Books Week Celebration

Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, an annual awareness campaign sponsored by the American Library Association and a host of other sponsors from September 27 to October 3.


Banned Books Week highlights the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. A “challenge” of a book is an attempt to remove or restrict materials based upon the objections of a person or group. A “banning” of a book is the removal of those materials.


Examples of nationally-challenged Banned Book titles include:

• Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

• Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

• The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

• Brave New World by Aldous Hurley

• Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

• Beloved by Toni Morrison


To commemorate Banned Books Week, the Hawaii State Library’s Edna Allyn Room for Children and Young Adult Section will present book displays of challenged titles. Exercise your freedom to read by checking out a banned book this month! For a list of banned books go to:




Tax Refund Donations of $61,170 Buys Best Sellers

Hawaii’s public libraries received $61,170 in tax refund donations from January through June 2015 as thousands of taxpayers continued to demonstrate their support for the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) by donating a portion of their 2015 tax refunds to the HSPLS Special Fund.

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