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.


Summer Reading Challenge

Adults, Families, Kids, Teens

SRC_colorlogo_webTake the Summer Reading Challenge!

June 16, 2014- August 9, 2014

Did you know that kids who don’t read over the summer months when school is out, can lose up to two full grade levels of reading comprehension? Prevent the “summer slide” by signing up for the Hayward Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. It’s easy and fun for all ages! 

Summer Reading in Three Easy Steps:

1) Sign up in the library or online after June 16

2) Read your favorite books and magazines (younger children may be read to by a parent or older sibling)

3) Record your hours to win great prizes!

Visit for more information and to register.

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Science Fridays (ages 6-11)


ChemistryFridays, July 18 & August 1

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Main Library

July 18: Phases of the Moon: Waxing, waning, gibbous, crescent – learn what’s happening each month to make the moon look differently.

August 1: Soda Geysers: What type of soda makes the best Mentos Geyser?


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Benny and Bebe’s Circus Funtasticus

Families, Kids, News, Teens

benny and bebeSaturday, July 19

11:00 a.m. at the Main Library

2:00 p.m. at Weekes Branch

Two clowns perform the Art of Laughter: transforming a giant puppet, zany antics with collapsing chairs, plate spinning, and more!

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DIY Teen Tuesdays (Grades 7-12)

News, Teens

Dannijo_DIYTuesday, July 22

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Main Library

Get creative at DIY Teen Tuesdays. Projects will involve making jewelry, scrapbooking, and more. All supplies will be provided. Call the Main Library at 510-881-7945 after June 1st for a full list of projects.

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Legos in the Library (all ages)

Families, Kids, News, Teens


July 23 & July 30

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library

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

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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:

  • Saturday, July 26 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 9 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • 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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Get a Great Deal on Books!


Book saleDowntown Farmer’s Market

Saturday, July 26th and August 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 the Spring and Summer.   In case of rain, the sale will be in front of the Main Library.



Laughter Yoga at the Main Library

Adults, Families, Kids, News


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

Monday, August 4, 2014,  6:00-7:45 p.m ( Main Library)

Wednesday, August 20,  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.

September’s dates are :

Saturday, September 6, 12:00 noon ( Main Library)

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

Wednesday, September 17,  6:00-7:45 p.m.(Weekes Branch Library)

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Book Discussion Group: Mysteries: Ritual Bath

Adults, News, Teens

Tuesday August 5, 11:30 a.m. at Le Paradis Bakery (D St. and Mission)


In the first of Faye Kellerman’s Decker/Lazarus mystery thriller series her couple meets for the first time at a remote yeshiva community in the California hills when one of the women is brutally raped as she returns from the mikvah, the bathhouse where the cleansing ritual is performed, and Peter Decker, an LAPD detective, is called in to handle the crime scene. The crime was reported by Rina Lazarus, and Decker is relieved to discover that she is a calm and intelligent witness. She is also the only one in the sheltered community willing to speak of this unspeakable violation. As Rina tries to steer Decker through the maze of religious laws, the two grow closer. But before they get to the bottom of the horrendous crime, revelations come to light that are so shocking that they threaten to come between the hard-nosed cop and the deeply religious woman with whom he has become irrevocably linked.

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Seed Savers & Gardeners’ Club Meeting

Adults, News, Teens

Wednesday, August 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Main Library

Hayward Library Seed Savers and Gardeners' Club Meeting - August 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.Join community members who share a love for 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.

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

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Bike East Bay Classes

Adults, Families, News, Teens

Saturdays, August 9th & 23rd, 1: 00 p.m.  (Weekes Branch)

NewBikeSafetyCropAugust 9th, Avoiding Bike Theft

Learn secure bike locking techniques, how to find secure bike parking options in the East Bay, and how to try and recover a stolen bike.

August 23rd, Urban Cycling 101 Classroom Workshop

Bike East Bay’s certified instructor will teach you about the rules of the road, required equipment, how to fit a helmet, avoid crashes, take bikes on transit, and more.  Receive a free reflective vest for participating.

No bicycle required for either class.   Optional registration online at

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Discusión del Libro “Rumbo al hermoso norte” de Luis Alberto Urrea

Adults, News, Spanish, Teens

Discusión del Libro “Rumbo al hermoso norte” de Luis Alberto Urrea (2009) / Book Discussion: Into the Beautiful North (in Spanish)

Grupo de discusión en español aplazado hasta el 23 de agosto.

Sábado, 12 de julio — 2:00 p.m. / Saturday, July 12 — 2:00 p.m.


Francisco Zermeño tiene obligaciones familiares, y por lo tanto no puede participar en la discusión de “Rumbo al Hermoso Norte” este sábado, 12 de julio. El grupo de discusión para este libro ha sido aplazado hasta el sábado, 23 de agosto a las 2 p.m. ¡Esperamos verlos allí!

Discusión del Libro Join Hayward City Council member and Chabot College Spanish Professor Francisco Zermeño at the Main Library for a discussion of Into the Beautiful North. Request a copy of the book in Spanish at the Main Library or Weekes Branch.

Acompañe al Concejal de Hayward y Profesor de español Francisco Zermeño para una discusión en español de “Rumbo al hermoso norte.” Nayeli es una chica de diecinueve años que trabaja en una taquería de Tres Camarones, un poblado mexicano. Ve en sueños a su padre, que emigró al norte cuando era niña. Recientemente se ha dado cuenta de que su padre no es el único hombre que se ha ido del pueblo, de hecho ya casi no quedan hombres,  todos se han ido al otro lado, a los Estados Unidos. Un grupo de narcotraficantes también se ha percatado de ese hecho y ven la oportunidad para apoderarse.

Pero una noche, durante la exhibición de la película Los Siete Magníficos, Nayeli tiene una revelación: Debe dirigirse al norte a reclutar sus propios Siete Magníficos, para que la protejan de los criminales y ayuden a repoblar Tres Camarones. Ella y sus amigas viajan al norte y en el camino hacia esa extraña y fascinante tierra de sus sueños, ese mítico lugar donde su padre desapareció, van sumando una colección de inusitados y sorprendentes aliados. La meta es un poblado del estado de Illinois, donde Nayeli espera encontrar a su padre y reclutar a sus guerreros. Con suerte, hará realidad también su destino.

Para recibir una copia del libro en español, pídalo en el escritorio de información en la biblioteca principal o en la sucursal Weekes.

Esta discusión se llevará acabo en la biblioteca principal.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Hayward Public Library.

Este evento es posible gracias a los Amigos de la Biblioteca Pública de Hayward.

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Knitting Circle

Adults, News, Teens

Wednesdays, August 13 at 6:00 p.m. Main Library

Welcome knitters of all skill levels!  The Circle meets on the 2nd Wednesday every 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.  Bring your project and knit (or tat or crochet) with us!

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Families, Kids, News, Teens

Saturday, August 16

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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 Boswick the Clown

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 Daniel Da Vinci, the Juggling Magician  

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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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