April 2015 Calendar

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April 2015 calendar:


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Story Times, Learn & Play, Music & More!

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Check out the “for kids” page for a schedule of weekly events for children.

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Teen Activity Zone (Grades 7-12)


Wednesdays from 1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

at the Main Library

Gaming, Crafts, & Snacks!

Presented in partnership with the Hayward Are Recreation and Park District (H.A.R.D.)

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Music & Memory Book-to-Action Program

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Music and Memory BtoA Proposal Flyer_jpgRead Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks – and Help Enrich the Lives of Local Seniors with Music!
Community Reading and Civic Engagement Program

Listen to Your Heart! Gain knowledge about and promote programs that bring the healing power of music to local seniors and others who suffer from dementia and other medical conditions that isolate them from society and disconnect them from their memories, identities, and sense of purpose. Request a free copy of Musicophilia (while supplies last) at the Hayward Main Library – registration information below.

The idea of Book-to-Action is to encourage community members to read this fascinating book, which explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. Then, expand your awareness of music’s impact on the brain by watching the moving and illuminating documentary “Alive Inside.” Finally, engage in a civic engagement activity related to the subject of the book and film. Both the book and film address the significant role of music in our culture, ranging from the community-building aspects of making music in social environments, to the healing power of music to help people with dementia access their memories and identities. The film also addresses how seniors in modern American culture – which places a premium value on all aspects of being young – often lose their authority and sense of purpose in their later years. Bringing these ideas together, we invite members of the Hayward community to participate in community sing-alongs and other musical events with seniors at places where they live and gather.
By registering for at least one event, you are eligible to obtain a free copy of the featured book Musicophilia (while supplies last). Register online at: http://tinyurl.com/music-memory-2015
Save the Date! “Alive Inside” Free Documentary Film Showing 

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 pm
Hayward City Hall – 777 B Street 
This program is sponsored by the Hayward Public Library, the Friends of the Hayward Public Library, California State University East Bay (Center for Community Engagement and Leadership and Employment Enrichment Program – LEEP), the Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay (ASEB), among other participating agencies and organizations.
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Seed Savers’ & Gardeners’ Club Meeting

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Wednesday, April 22

6:30-7:30 pm @ Main Library

Seed Savers & Gardeners' Club Meets on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ Hayward Main LibraryJoin community members who share a love of gardening to share success stories about your garden, get tips on solving problems you have faced, and find out how you can help support the seed lending library as it continues to grow.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hayward Library. This event is presented as part of the Hayward Seed Lending Library program, which operates as a community seed exchange. “Check out” a variety of vegetable and flower seeds to plant in your personal garden. In return, consider harvesting some of the seeds from mature plants for your own use and for sharing with the Seed Lending Library. It’s easy to become a member or volunteer – learn more at: http://hayward-ca.gov/seeds. Join the Hayward Seed Lending Library Club’s interactive forum on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/haywardseeds/

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Cal Fresh Enrollment Clinic

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Wednesdays, April 22nd, & May 27th, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm (Weekes Branch)

clip_image001Alameda County Community Food Bank will have staff available to help you find out if you qualify for assistance from Cal Fresh nutrition program and answer your questions.


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Get a Great Deal on Books!


Book saleDowntown Farmer’s Market
Saturday, April 25th and May 9th, 16th & 23rd
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

C Street & Watkins
Friends of the Hayward Library book sales are held at the downtown Farmers Market on the second third, and fourth Saturdays. In case of rain, the sale will be in front of the Main Library.


Writers’ Group at the Main Library

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Peer Writers' Group Led by Writer Dani ClarkUpcoming Peer Writers’ Group Meetings:

  • Saturday, April 25 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6 @ 6:15-7:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 27 @ 6:15-7:45 p.m.

Get feedback on your original writing in a peer-supported writers’ group.  Get the support you need to help you stay on track with your writing, whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Bring 5-10 copies of the piece you wish to share with the group.

Facilitator Dani Clark has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from St. Mary’s College of California and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from UC Davis. She is a past recipient of the Leonard Michaels award for Literary Excellence and the Jeanine Cooney Award for Fiction. Excerpts from her forthcoming debut novel have appeared in Pure Coincidence Magazine, and Misplaced Book. Her writing has also recently been published in Crack the Spine Literary Journal and Etches in Time. She works as a journalist for the San Francisco publication The Western Edition, and teaches for the East-Bay based nonprofit Reading Partners. Her favorite authors include Junot Diaz, Margaret Atwood, NoViolet Bulawayo, Kathryn Ma, and Jesmyn Ward. She lives in Oakland with her pet snake, Goliath.

For more information call 510-881-7700 or email sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hayward Public Library.

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Prom Dress Swap II

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short-prom-dressesSaturday, April 25th

1:00 pm-4:00 pm at Weekes Branch

Still in need of a dress for the prom and looking to keep your costs down?  Never fear, the Prom Dress Swap is back for Round 2!   Whether you have a dress or accessories to swap or not, visit Weekes Branch Library on Saturday, April 25th.   We have gently used formal dresses in lots of  colors, styles and sizes.  

You just might find the dress of your dreams.

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Legos in the Library (for ages 5 and up)

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legosWednesdays, April 29 & May 27

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

at the Weekes Branch Library





Show off your skills and build, build, build. We’ll provide the LEGOS, you provide the creativity!

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“Alive Inside” Documentary Film & Music & Memory Book-to-Action Keynote Event

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Thursday, April 30 @ 7:00 pm
Hayward City Hall: 777 B Street

Join fellow community members for a free showing of the remarkable documentary film “ Alive Inside,” called “absolutely joyous” by the Washington Post. Mark your calendars for this special community event, featuring a performance by the Aphasia Tones, Cal State East Bay’s chorus made up of persons learning to live with aphasia, a communications disorder that most commonly occurs after a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Speakers will include Micheal Pope, CEO of Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay (ASEB), and CSUEB Professor Nidhi Mahendra, an expert in the field of communicative sciences and disorders. Her research focuses on clinical interventions that promote cognitive and communicative wellness and quality of life for older adults with neurologic disease or impairments, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Register to participate in the Music & Memory Book-to-Action program, and become eligible to obtain a free copy of the featured book Musicophilia by Dr. Oliver Sacks (while supplies last). Register online at: http://tinyurl.com/music-memory-2015For more information, contact Sally Thomas by email: sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov or call (510) 881-7700.

The Music & Memory Book-to-Action program is dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Oliver Sacks, who recently announced that he is facing terminal cancer. Dr. Sacks is a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, and the author of many books, including Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

This program is sponsored by the Hayward Public Library, the Friends of the Hayward Public Library, California State University East Bay (Center for Community Engagement and Leadership and Employee Enrichment Program), the Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay (ASEB), among other participating agencies and organizations.

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Lawyer in the Library

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Saturday, May 2nd, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. (Main Library)

Monday, May 4th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. (Main Library)

Wednesday, May 20th,  6:00-7:45 p.m. (Weekes Branch Library)

Do you need free legal advice? Don’t know where to begin? Get 15 minutes of free legal advice at the Hayward Public Library with a licensed attorney. Onsite registration required.  Space is limited. Consultation is assigned by lottery. Lawyer in the Library is sponsored by the Alameda County Bar Association. Call (510)881-7980 for more information. Registration for the sessions begins 30 minutes before the first session.

June Dates:

  • Monday, June 1st , 6:00  pm – 7:45  p.m. (Main Library)
  • Saturday, June 6th, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm (Main Library)
  • Wednesday, June 17th,  6:00-7:45 p.m. (Weekes Branch Library)

Need notary signing services? The Main Library now offers free notary services on the first Saturday of the month, Noon to 1:45 pm. Advance registration required – call (510) 881-7980 to request a 15-minute appointment and to get details about required documents you must bring to the appointment. Call by Thursday, April 30 to request an appointment.

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Free Notary Signing Service

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Saturday, May 2 @ Noon-1:45 pm

Main Library 

Free Notary Signing Service @ Hayward Main LibraryObtain a free 15-minute appointment with a Notary Public on the first Saturday of each month.
Appointments are available between 12:00 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. If you have more than three documents, please request two consecutive time slots. Call (510) 881-7980 to request an appointment or more information by Thursday, April 30. (Same day appointments are not available.)

Please bring a valid photo ID. Documents must be signed in front of the Notary. Fill in your document, except for your signature, and bring all pages to the Library. Incomplete documents cannot be notarized, if the required information has not been provided and/or pages are missing.

You must bring your own witnesses, if required; Library staff cannot witness documents. All signers must be present. The Notary does not provide legal advice or guidance on how to complete the document.

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Chocolate Tasting

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chocolateSaturday, May 2

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Weekes Branch

What could be better than a bar of your favorite chocolate? Spending an afternoon tastingchocolate from all over the world, of course!



Join us at the Weekes Branch Library as we explore all things chocolate, including a tasting of chocolates and cocoa products from around the globe. This program is free and all ages are welcome!


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Recycle Your Old Printer Cartridges & Cell Phones – and Support the Literacy Plus Program!

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Planet Green logoEveryone knows recycling is good for the environment, but recycling is also good for Literacy Plus! We are partnering with Planet Green to raise funds for Literacy Plus. You can recycle your outdated mobile phones and used printer cartridges – and support literacy in Hayward. If you use a printer, each spent cartridge could earn the Literacy Plus program up to five dollars! Any old cell phones in your drawer? Those can make up to $40. One phone may not seem like much, but if you get your co-workers and family involved – recycling is a great way for everyone to go green, while raising money for a cause!

Taking part is easy – simply drop off your used inkjet cartridges (inkjet ONLY) and old cell phones with us – you can include cell phone batteries and even cell phone chargers. The drop-off location is Literacy Plus/Hayward Public Library 835 C Street, Hayward, CA  94541.

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Become A Literacy Tutor! Upcoming Orientations in May

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New Tutor Orientations: May 5 or 11, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm
Main Library

Become a Literacy Plus VolunteerLiteracy Plus is accepting applications for volunteer tutors to assist adults improve their basic literacy skills, increase their knowledge, and develop their potential. New tutor orientations will be held on May 5 and May 11  at the Hayward Main Library.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. For more information, call (510) 881-7910.

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Renew your library materials using your phone!

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Stay up-to-date on all your Library account activity! Sign up for this free service and be notified when your checked out items are almost due.  Reply with a simple text and your items are renewed!  You will also receive a text when on items on hold for you are ready to be picked up.

Sign up by texting the message SIGNUP to hpl@shoutbomb.com.  The service will contact you back with further instructions to send your library card and PIN numbers. It’s that easy!

See the FAQ for more details.


Make Paper Flowers

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Tuesday, May 5th, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm (Weekes Branch)

tissue flowersMake your own tissue paper flowers.  Supplies will be provided.  All ages are welcome.

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Royal Tea Party (for ages 3-11)

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crownSaturday, May 16

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Weekes Branch

Princes and Princesses are both welcome! Join other royalty for a marvelous tea party. There will be activities and treats.


Registration starts at 10:00 a.m. on May 16, please call 510-293- 5366 to register.


Afterschool Craft: Painted Rocks (Ages 5-11)

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painted rocksWednesday, May 13

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. at Weekes Branch Library

Paint a rock for your garden or desk.

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Knitting Circle

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529460_abstract_knitWednesdays,  May 13, June 10, July 8 and August 12 @ 6:30 p.m., Main Library

Welcome knitters of all skill levels!  The Circle meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and includes other fiber crafts-crochet, needlepoint, tatting, etc.  Bring size 10 knitting needles and yarn of your choice.  We have extra supplies available if needed.

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