Fall 2014 Calendar

Adults, Families, Kids, News, Teens, Volunteers

Click the image to read our Fall calendar:

Fall 2014 Calendar

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Story Times, Learn & Play, Music & More!

Kids, News

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

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Donate your old Halloween Costume

Adults, Families, Kids, News, Teens


Not sure what to do with your  Halloween costume?

Donate it to the Hayward Public Library.

Help another child have a costume for next year.

Costumes must be in good condition and for ages 12 & under.

Bring costumes to the Main Library or Weekes Branch.

We will be collecting costumes till Wednesday, November 26.

Any questions? Call 510-881-7946

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Lawyer in the Library

Adults, News
  • Monday,  December  1, 6:00- 8:00 p.m. (Main Library)
  • Saturday, December 6, 12:00 noon (Main Library)
  • Wednesday, December  17, 6:00 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.

January 2015 dates to be announced.

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Mystery Book Discussion: Plum Pudding Murder

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Tuesday December 2, 11:30 a.m. at Le Paradis Bakery (D St. and Mission)

The Christmas season provides the backdrop for bestseller Joanne Fluke’s sprightly 12th Hannah Swenson holiday mystery. When Hannah, the proprietor of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minn., stops by the Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot one night to pick up a check, she discovers the body of the owner, Larry Jaeger.  Cozy fans will cheer as Hannah survives a hair-raising confrontation with the killer to present an elegant Christmas eve banquet. Tempting recipes range from Hot Fudge Sundae Cakes to Triple Threat Chocolate Cheesecake Pie.

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Writers’ Group at the Main Library

Adults, News, Teens

Hayward Public Library - Peer Writers' Group with Ali EterazUpcoming Peer Writers’ Group Meetings:

  • Wednesday, December 3 @ 6:15-7:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 7 @ 6:15-7:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 31 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 10 @ 6:15-7:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 21 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m. – Group Performance Featuring Ali Eteraz.

Get feedback on your original writing in a peer-supported writers’ group facilitated by Bay Area writer Ali Eteraz.  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.

Ali Eteraz is the author of Children of Dust: A Portrait of a Muslim as a Young Man (2009) and Falsipedies and Fibsiennes: Short Stories (2014).

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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Family Game Night Unplugged!

Families, Kids, News

familygamenightFriday, December 5

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Weekes Branch

Join us for an evening of board games, puzzles, and crafts for the whole family! Bring your own games, or play ours. This event is free and all ages are welcome. For more information, call 510-293-5366 or email rob.spitzel@hayward-ca.gov


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Laughter Yoga at the Main Library

Adults, Families, Kids


Saturday, December 6, 3:00-4:45 p.m. ( Main Library)

A free Laughter Yoga workshop is presented monthly at the Hayward Public Library. Come and join in the laughter, reduce stress and learn that silliness is great for your health.


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Mostly Literary Fiction Book Group: “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais

Adults, News, Teens

Monday, December 8, 6:30 p.m. (Main Library)
Thursday, December 11, noon (Eko Coffee Bar)

Brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the kitchen, The Hundred-Foot Journey – recently adapted for film starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri –is a succulent treat about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste. The hundred-foot distance that the unlikely gourmand Hassan Haji travels between his family’s Indian kitchen and a traditional French one, and the adventures that follow, is a testament to destiny. A fable for the ages, this charming novel is compulsively readable.

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Get a Great Deal on Books!


Book saleDowntown Farmer’s Market
Saturday, December 13th & 27th
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 and fourth Saturdays. In case of rain, the sale will be in front of the Main Library.


Enjoy a Performance of Portuguese Fado with Ramana Vieira

Adults, Families, News, Spanish, Teens

photo Ramana VieiraSaturday December 13, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Main Library

Fado, the most widely recognized music of Portugal, is a passionate, soul stirring music with soaring vocals and dramatic tales of love, loss and redemption. Ramana Vieira has been described by Mundo Portugues newspaper as the “New Voice of Portuguese World Music.”  Ramana and her group will perform traditional, ballad style fados that pay homage to the “Queen of Fado,” Amália Rodrigues, along with uptempo compositions from their 2010 album, Lagrimas de Rainha, and new compositions written and arranged for their upcoming album, Windows of Luso Sol.

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Seed Lending Library: Herbal Teas and Dream Pillow-making Workshop (Free)

Adults, Families, Kids, News, Teens

Hayward Seed Lending Library - Free Workshop: Herbal Teas and Dream Pillow-making Workshop - December 13, 2014Saturday, December 13 @ 3:30 p.m. – Main Library

Back by popular demand, Viviane DeLeon will identify herbs that you can plant in your own garden that can help reduce anxiety and increase relaxation to help you sleep and dream. Make small herbal dream pillows and sample herbal tea blends that will help you relax. (All ages welcome! Registration required. Call 510-881-7980 to sign up.)

The Seed Lending Library is a community seed exchange. “Check out” vegetable and flower seeds to plant in your garden. In return, harvest 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 @ http://hayward-ca.gov/seeds. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hayward Public Library.

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