Summer Newsletter 2014

Adults, Families, Kids, News, Teens, Volunteers

Click the image to read our Summer newsletter, courtesy of Friends of the Hayward Public Library:

Summer 2014 Newsletter

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Book Buddies

Kids, News, Teens, Volunteers

A reading program that pairs teen volunteers with struggling readers entering grades 1-3. Book Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes to read together and do literacy activities.

If you interested in being a BIG BUDDY (grades 7-12) or a LITTLE BUDDY, please call Cheryl at 510-881-7953 or email

Big Buddies are teen volunteers entering grades 7-12 who want to help young children read better. You and your Little Buddy will decide on a time and meet once a week at the library for 45 minutes to read and practice literacy skills. Your Little Buddy will be in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade.

  • Big buddies must commit to one 6-week session
  • Please complete the Hayward youth Volunteer application including parent signature.
  • Attend the mandatory training
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Help Support the Literacy Plus Program!


Everyone knows recycling is good for the environment, but did you know that recycling is also good forLiteracy Plus?We have just partnered with Planet Green, a printer cartridge and cell phone remanufacturing and recycling company, to start an exciting new fundraiser that recycles mobile phones and used printer cartridges – and we want you to be part of it!

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.

Your participation in this recycling campaign will raise greatly needed funds for the Literacy Plus program.Let’s work together, one cartridge and cell phone at a time, to clean up the planet and raise money for a worthwhile cause!

Thank you for your continued support.

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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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Renew your library materials using your phone!



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.


Writers’ Group at the Main Library

Adults, News, Teens

Peer Writers' Group @ Hayward Main Library - June 28, July 8 & 26, and Aug. 25, 2014Upcoming Peer Writers’ Group Meetings:

  • Monday, August 25 @ 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Get feedback on your original writing in a peer-supported writers’ group facilitated by  Bay Area writer and community theater artist Christine Baniewicz.  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.

Christine Baniewicz has a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and is currently working on a book-length memoir on fellowship at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

For more information call 510-881-7700 or email

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hayward Public Library.

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Introduction to Seed Saving

Adults, Families, News, Teens

Wednesday, August 27, 6:00-7:30 pm
Main Library

Introduction to Seed Saving Workshop @ Hayward Main Library - August 27, 2014, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.Learn the fundamentals of saving seeds of common vegetable families in a workshop led by Patrick O’Connor of the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL), a project of the Ecology Center in Berkeley. Learn about the advantages of growing locally adapted crops, lessening your dependence on commercial seed companies, and preserving agro-biological diversity. Participants will have the opportunity to check out seeds suitable for planting a fall garden. Advance registration required. Call 510-881-7980 or visit our webpage at to sign up.

Check out the Hayward Seed Lending Library. Plant & Grow. Eat Fresh. Get Healthy. Get Involved: Volunteer!

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Introduction to Herbal Medicine and Herbal Tea Gardens

Adults, Families, News, Teens

Saturday, August 30, 2:00-4:00 pm
Main Library

Introduction to Herbal Medicine & Herbal Tea Gardens Workshop - Hayward Main Library, August 30, 2014 - 2:00 to 4:00 pmIdentify common herbs that you can grow in your own garden, and learn about their medicinal properties. Sample herbal teas and make an herb-infused oil suitable for first-aid that you can take home with you. Workshop will be led by Viviane DeLeon, a local body worker and herbal medicine maker. Advance registration required. Call 510-881-7980 to sign up.

Check out the Hayward Seed Lending Library. Plant & Grow. Eat Fresh. Get Healthy. Get Involved: Volunteer!

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Laughter Yoga at the main Library

Adults, Families, Kids, News


Saturday, September 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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Lawyer in the Library

Adults, News

Saturday, September 6, 2014,  12:00 – 2:00pm ( Main Library)

Monday, September 8, 2014,  6:00-7:45 p.m ( Main Library)

Wednesday, September 17,  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.

October’s dates are :

Saturday,  October 4, 12:00 noon ( Main Library)

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

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

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Mystery Book Discussion: Suspect

Adults, News, Teens

Tuesday September 2 @ 11:30 am at Le Paradis Bakery (D St. and Mission)

In Robert Crais’s stand alone mystery, LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Nine months ago, a shocking assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty—until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either.  A German shepherd who survived two tours in Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler, her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance. And they’re about to investigate the one case no one wants them to touch: identifying the men who murdered Stephanie.

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Autumn Wreath Craft (ages 5-11)

Kids, News

fall wreathWednesday, September 3

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

Make a decorative autumn wreath to hang on your front or bedroom door.


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Knitting Circle

Adults, News, Teens

Wednesdays September 10, October 8, November 12, 6:00 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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Family Game Night Unplugged!

Families, Kids, News

familygamenightFriday, September 12

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 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





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Get a Great Deal on Books!


Book saleDowntown Farmer’s Market

Saturday, September 13th and 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.



Beekeeping 101

Adults, Families, Kids, News, Teens

judyandbeesSaturday September 13, 3:30-4:30 @ Main Library

Join local professional beekeeper Judy Casale as she describes a year in the life of a beehive, what is involved in starting one’s own beehive and how all of us can help local honeybees who are facing increasing threats from pesticides and diseases by creating a bee-friendly garden. Judy carefully tends fifty beehives scattered throughout Castro Valley, Livermore, Fremont, Pleasanton, Hayward and Lafayette, California. (Beehives are like potato chips. You can’t just have one). She keeps her honeybees healthy by using disease resistant queens, and organic treatment protocols. She sells at local farmer markets under her company name Dominique Honeybees ( named for her father).

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Energetic Communication

Adults, News, Teens

Saturday, September 13th, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm (Weekes Branch)

tia turnbullCommunication expert, Tia Turnbull, will teach you powerful wasy to communicate with others in order to succeed in life.

Paticipants will learn:

How to use communication in order to create uplifting environments.

Dealing with difficult people.

The causes of anger and blame that breakdown peaceful interactions.

The four ways we uplift or drain each other’s energy.

Understanding ourselves in conflict situations.

How to identity affects the way we treat each other.

Finding happiness regardless of circumstances.

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Meet Operation Freedom Paws

Adults, Families, Kids, News, Teens

Daisy, Clover & Emily Operation Freedom PawsTuesday September 23, 6:00-7:45 p.m. @ Main Library

Meet some special veterans and their very special canine partners who came together as a result of Operation Freedom Paws, a local nonprofit group based in San Jose.  Operation Freedom Paws was founded in 2010 by Mary Cortani, a former Vietnam vet  and Certified  Army Master of Canine Education, who saw both a need for service dogs to help returning vets began to heal from PTSD and other mental and physical issues  and a need to rescue dogs from local shelters who had the right temperament to become effective canine partners. Operation Freedom Paws empowers veterans to live a quality life by teaching them to train their own dogs and certifying them as service dog teams. The program is free, wholly funded by grants and donations, all they ask is a commitment to complete the 48-week training program.  Come hear their stories and understand their motto “four paws, two feet, one team”.

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