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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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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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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Become A Literacy Tutor! Upcoming Orientations in May

Adults, News, Volunteers

New Tutor Orientations: May 5 or 11, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm
Main Library

Become a Literacy Plus VolunteerLiteracy Plus is accepting applications for volunteer tutors to assist adults improve their basic literacy skills, increase their knowledge, and develop their potential. New tutor orientations will be held on May 5 and May 11  at the Hayward Main Library.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. For more information, call (510) 881-7910.

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Writers’ Group at the Main Library

Adults, News, Teens

Peer Writers' Group at the Hayward Public LibraryUpcoming Peer Writers’ Group Meetings:

  • Saturday, February 21 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m. – Group Performance Featuring Ali Eteraz.
  • Monday, March 2 @ 6:15-7:45 p.m. (Substitute Facilitator: Rosa del Duca)
  • Saturday, March 21 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15 @ 6:15-7:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6 @ 6:15-7:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 25 @ 6:15-7:45 p.m.

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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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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Get a Great Deal on Books!


Book saleDowntown Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, February 28th & March 14th and 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.


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.


Mystery Book Group: Girl in the Green Raincoat

Adults, News, Teens

 March 3, 11:30 a.m. @ Le Paradis Bakery (D St. and Mission)

Originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine, Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan novella turns the intrepid Baltimore PI’s at-risk late-pregnancy bed rest into a compellingly edgy riff on Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Lovingly tucked up on her winterized sun porch, Tess marshals her forces- artist boyfriend Crow, best friend Whitney Talbot, middle-aged assistant gumshoe Mrs. Blossom, and researcher Dorie Starnes–to probe the disappearance of a chic blonde green-raincoated dog walker she’d been watching from her comfy prison. Tess also takes in the missing woman’s abandoned green-slickered Italian greyhound from hell, a miniature canine terrorist whose anti-housebreaking vendetta offers comic relief from her pregnancy woes and the tense mystery she’s solving.

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Enjoy a Performance of Portuguese Fado with Ramana Vieira

Adults, Families, News, Spanish, Teens

photo Ramana VieiraSaturday March 7, 1:00 – 2:00 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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Knitting Circle

Adults, News, Teens

529460_abstract_knitWednesdays March 11, April 8, May 13, @ 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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Meditation: Change Your Life in Twenty Minutes

Adults, News, Teens

Saturday March 14, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Main Library

Please join Board-certified psychiatrist and author Marshall Zaslove MD for this lively, fast-moving and thoroughly enjoyable journey into the peace, joy, and health which awaits you within. Every participant will have a personal instructed experience of meditating on the inner light. Dr. Zaslove bases all his workshops on “Inner and Outer Peace Through Meditation and “Meditation as Medication for the Soul” by Rajinder Singh. Dr. Zaslove is a contributing author.



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Legos in the Library (for ages 5 and up)

Families, Kids, News, Teens

legosWednesdays, March 18,  April 15 & 29,  May 27

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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Cal Fresh Enrollment Clinic

Adults, News

Wednesdays, March 25th, April 22nd, & May 27th, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm (Weekes Branch)

clip_image001Alameda County Community Food Bank will have staff available to help you find out if you qualify for assistance from Cal Fresh nutrition program and answer your questions.


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