Our Guide: Free Story Times on O‘ahu

Hit the books with free keiki story times available every day, all around O‘ahu.

Photo: Ashley de Coligny

The Cat in the Hat at Barnes & Noble Booksellers. The store offers free story times every Saturday around 11 a.m.. sometimes with costumed character appearances.

Editor’s Note: Times were updated in March 2016.

Parents, how many times have you read Green Eggs and Ham? Five hundred? Five million? Me too. (I can recite it here or there; I can recite it anywhere. And in a house and with a mouse, and on a boat and with a goat.) And my kids will seemingly never tire of it. My point is, sometimes it’s nice to let someone else do the talking. Here on O‘ahu, there’s at least one free story time every day of the week – check out our list to find one near you. 


Kahuku Public & School Library-Last Monday of the month, 10 a.m. Babies. 293-8935.

Mānoa Public Library-Mondays, 10:30 a.m. 1 to 2 years. 988-0459.


Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden-Part of the Preschool Nature Hour, third Tuesday of the month. 10:30 a.m. 233-7323.

Kalihi-Pālama Public Library-Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Babies and children up to 4 years. 832-3466.

Mililani Public Library-Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. 2 to 5 years. 627-7470.

Mānoa Public Library-Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. 2 to 5 years. 988-0459.


‘Aiea Public Library-Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. 483-7333.

Kahuku Public & School Library-Wednesdays, 10 a.m. 293-8935.

Kailua Public Library-Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. 2 to 5 years. 266-9911.

Liliha Public Library-Wednesdays, 10 a.m. 2 to 5 years. 587-7577.

Pearl City Public Library-Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. 453-6566.

Toddler Time at Kāhala Mall Center Court-Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. 732-7736.


‘Āina Haina Public Library-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. 377-2456.

Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Free for members or with paid admission to the Center. 524-5437.

Hawai‘i Kai Public Library-Thursdays, 10 a.m. Toddlers. 397-5833.

Kāne‘ohe Public Library-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers. 233-5676.

Pearl City Public Library-Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. 453-6566.

Wahiawā Public Library-Thursdays, 6 p.m. 622-6345.

Waimānalo Public Library-Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. Preschoolers. 259-2610.

Waipahu Public Library-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. 3 years and older. 675-0358.


Kahuku Public & School Library-First and third Fridays for preschoolers. Second and fourth Fridays for toddlers. 293-8935.

McCully-Mōili‘ili Public Library-Fridays, 10 a.m. Toddlers. 973-1099.

Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library-Friday, 10:30 a.m. Toddlers. 831-6831.


Barnes & Noble Ala Moana Center-Saturdays, 11 a.m. All ages. 949-7307.

Hawai‘i State Library-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. 3 to 5 years. 586-3510.

Waialua Public Library-Saturdays, 10 a.m. 637-8286.

Wai‘anae Public Library-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. 2 to 5 years. 697-7868.


Kaimukī Public Library, Sundays, 10:30 a.m. All ages. 733-8422.

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Ashley de Coligny is the proud mother of Ella and Charlie. She usually has applesauce in her hair and can name all of the My Little Ponies. You can reach her via emailTwitterFacebook, or via her personal Honolulu Mom blog.