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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Summer Reading Challenge

Adults, Families, Kids, Teens

Read to the Rhythm imageTake the Summer Reading Challenge!

June 13, 2015 – August 8, 2015

All ages: Kids, Teens, and Adults


It’s easy, free, and fun for all ages! Sign up online or at the Library.

The Summer Reading Challenge is sponsored by the Friends of the Hayward Public Library.


Music & Memory Book-to-Action Program

Adults, News, Teens, Volunteers
Listen to Your Heart! Help Enrich the Lives of Local Seniors with Music.  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. Find out more about the program and get involved in upcoming music-sharing activities by registering at
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Drummm OneBEAT

Adults, Families, Kids, News, Teens

DrumsSaturday, July 18

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

DRUMMM®  OneBEAT™ “hands-on” rhythm programs activate community as they entertain, educate and inspire. Fun for all ages, the spirit of community and collaboration will uplift and energize participants. No prior musical experience is needed. Instruments will be provided.

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Lawyer in the Library

Adults, News

Monday, July 6th, 6:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.  (Main Library)

Saturday, July 11th, Noon-2:00 p.m. (Main Library)

Wednesday, July 15th 6:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m. (Weekes Branch)

Do you need 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.

August Dates:

  • Satuday, August  1st, Noon- 2:00 p.m. (Main Library)
  • Wednesday, August 3rd,  6:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m. (Main Library)
  • Wednesday, August 19th, 6:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.  (Weekes Branch)

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, June 4th to request an appointment.

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Mystery Book Discussion: W is For Wasted

Adults, News, Teens

Tuesday, July 7th, 11:30 am @ Le Paradis Bakery (D St. and Mission)

In Sue Grafton’s latest Kinsey Millhone mystery, the surfaces seem clear, but the underpinnings are full of betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud. And Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised. Two dead men changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I’d never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. W is for . . . wanderer . . . worthless . . . wronged . . .W is for Wasted.

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Knitting Circle

Adults, News, Teens

529460_abstract_knitWednesdays, 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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Experience the Blues with the Bay Area Blues Society and the Russell City Memorial Blues Band

Adults, Families, Kids, News, Teens

russellcitycover-1Wednesday July 8, 5:30-8:00 p.m., Main Library

Learn about the rich musical heritage of the Blues, America’s only true home grown art form, which has deep roots in the Hayward/Russell City Area. The Bay Area Blues Society is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and representation of this American Folk music and cultural forms of Blues, Jazz and Gospel as they took root in African American communities. Following the lecture by a panel featuring  local music historian Frank Nava and members of the Santucci family, who owned the famous Russell City Hog Farm, there will be a performance by the Russell City Memorial Blues Band, which features alumni artists who performed in the clubs of Russell City,  a time capsule of the type of performance you would experience during the 1940s, 50s and early 60s. These artists annually perform as a part of the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival to take you back to the time when West Coast Blues was created.

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Get a Great Deal on Books!


Book saleDowntown Farmer’s Market
Saturday, July 11th, 18th & 25th and August 8th, 15th & 22nd
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.



Free Notary Signing Service

Adults, News

Saturday, July 11th @ 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, July 9. (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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Recycle Your Old Printer Cartridges & Cell Phones – and Support the Literacy Plus Program!

Adults, Families, News, Teens

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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Writers’ Group at the Main Library

Adults, News, Teens

Upcoming Peer Writers’ Group Meetings:

  • Saturday, July 18 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 27 @ 6:00-7:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 4 @ 6:00-7:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 22 @ 2:00-4:00 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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hayward Public Library.

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Yoga for Families (ages 2-5 with an adults)

Families, Kids, News

parent child yoga

Mondays, August 3, 10, 17, and 24

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Main Library)

Presented by Alexis Azzam, Ma,IMF: Certified Child and Family Yoga teacher

A caregiver and toddler yoga workshop where parents will support their children in guided song and movement. Children will learn yoga poses through story and games, playfully developing skills for improving listening, flexibility, motor development, circulation, and sensory integration. Parents will learn techniques for connecting nonverbally to their little ones through sound and physical touch.

To register, please email

This program is provided in partnership withfamily paths

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Uncle Al’s Magic Show

Adults, Families, Kids, News, Teens

magicSaturday, July 25

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Main Library

Uncle Al brings high energy, fast paced, laugh-out-loud fun the whole family will enjoy!

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Families, Kids, News, Teens

Saturday, August 15

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Main Library

Bring the whole family to the downtown Hayward Library Park to celebrate the end of summer! Performers, prizes, free food, and more!



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