Winter Calendar, December 2014-February 2015

Adults, Families, Kids, News, Teens, Volunteers

Click the image to read our Winter calendar:

Winter 2014-2015 Hayward Public Library 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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Blind Date with a Book @ Hayward Libraries

Adults, News, Teens

Monday, January 12th through Saturday, February 14th

stock-photo-30133986-book-pageGet set-up with your “blind date” by visiting Main Library or Weekes Branch Library between Monday, January 12th and Saturday, February 14th.  Select your special book from the display table of wrapped books in either lobby.  Check it out at the self-check machine (no peeking!) and take it to a coffee shop, on a picnic, or even home to meet mom.  After you’ve unwrapped it and read it, fill out the “Rate-a-Date with a Book” card and tell us if this was a match or a miss.  We want to hear all about those “perfect matches” or “not even if this were the last book on earth.”

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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 You can recycle your outdated mobile phones and used printer cartridges – and support literacy in Hayward.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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Renew your library materials using your phone!

Adults, Families, News, Teens


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  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.


Get a Great Deal on Books!


Book saleDowntown Farmer’s Market
Saturday, January 24 and February 14th & 28th
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.


HPL’s Second Annual Prom Dress Swap Needs Your Dresses!

Adults, News, Teens

short-prom-dressesMake some extra space in your closet this spring by donating your no-longer-needed formal/bridesmaid/party dresses, shoes, and accessories- AND help a local teen attend her prom! Bring your gently used dresses and accessories to the Weekes Branch or Main Library between Saturday, January 24th – Friday, March 27th. Dresses should be current, recently cleaned and in excellent condition – all sizes and styles are welcome.

For more information about donating at Weekes Branch, call 510-293-5366.

For more information about donating at the Main Library, call 510-881-7945.

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Get Your Game On!

Kids, Teens

Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

at Weekes Branch

January 28th and February 11th & 25th

Challenge your friends and family!  XBOX 360, Kinect & Wii games on the big screen!

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Teen DIY Fest!

News, Teens

Friday, January 30th

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Weekes Branch

Join us at the Weekes Branch Library for our first-ever teen do-it-yourself craft fest. Try your hand at jewelry making, screen printing, fabric crafts, custom buttons and more!

This program is free and open to students in grades 7-12. Current school ID or other valid identification required for admission. For more information, call 510-293-5065 or email




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Writers’ Group at the Main Library

Adults, News, Teens

Peer Writers' Group at the Hayward Main Library Facilitated by Author Ali Eteraz - January 7, 2015 and ongoingUpcoming Peer Writers’ Group Meetings:

  • 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 award-winning memoir 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

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 yogaFridays, February 13, 20, 27 & March 6

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.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, flexibilty, 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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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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Mystery Book Discussion: Aunty Lee’s Delights

Adults, News, Teens

Tuesday February 3, 11:30 a.m. at Le Paradis Bakery (D St. and Mission)

This delectable and witty mystery by Singaporean writer Ovidia Yu introduces Rosie “Aunty” Lee, feisty widow, amateur sleuth, and proprietor of Singapore’s best-loved home-cooking restaurant, Aunty Lee’s Delights. When a body is found in one of Singapore’s tourist havens and one of her guests fails to show at a dinner party, Aunty Lee knows that the two events are likely connected. Investigating the murder are Police Commissioner Raja and Senior Staff Sergeant Salim, who quickly discover that Aunty Lee’s sharp nose for intrigue can sniff out clues that elude law enforcers. Wise, witty, and charming, Aunty Lee’s Delights is a spicy mystery about love, friendship, and food in Singapore.

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Valentine Flower Pot (ages 5-11)

Kids, News

flower potWednesday, February 4

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

Turn a plastic cup into a Valentine flower pot.

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Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

News, Teens

volunteerWednesdays, February 4

4:00 p.m. at the Weekes Branch

Want a say in how the library works for you?  You can help plan teen events, choose books, music, movies, and more!  We also offer community service time for participation in TAG. Open to grades 7-12.

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Valentines Workshop (ages 5-11)

Families, Kids, News

valentine craftSaturday, February 7

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Main Library

Make some love-ly crafts for friends and family.

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What! Sharks in My Backyard?

Adults, News, Teens

California Flood PictureSaturday February 7, 1:00 -2:00 p.m. @ Main Library

Sea level rise for the Hayward shoreline is projected to be as much as 55” by the year 2100. At this level 80,000 East Bay residents are expected to be directly affected by floods and inundation. The SF Bay Estuary – our region’s most defining geographic feature – may be even closer to your backyard in the not-so-distant future. How will the impacts of sea level rise affect us? What will be our response? Join naturalists from the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center in this lively and interactive community discussion.


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Upcycled Book Bead Bracelet Craft

Adults, Families, Kids, News, Teens

Saturday, February 14, 1 pm-2 pm (Weekes Branch)

enhanced-buzz-31903-1338943587-3Using beads made from the pages of old books, make a beaded bracelet for yourself or to give to someone special.  Supplies will be provided, just bring your creativity.

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Legos in the Library (for ages 5 and up)

Families, Kids, News, Teens

legosWednesdays, February 18

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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Teens Take Over – Lucky #13!


Friday, February 27

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Weekes Branch

Feeling lucky? Then join us at the Weekes Branch Library for our 13th teens only after hours party featuring big-screen gaming, dancing, internet computers, crafts, snacks, and more!

This program is free and open to students in grades 7-12. Current school ID or other valid identification required for admission.

For more information call 510-293-5366 or email

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