Winter Calendar, December 2014-February 2015

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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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Get a Great Deal on Books!


Book saleDowntown Farmer’s Market
Saturday, December 20th
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 third Saturdays*. In case of rain, the sale will be in front of the Main Library.

*In December book sales will be held on the second and third Saturdays instead of the second and fourth Saturdays.


Laughter Yoga at the Main Library

Adults, Families, News


Saturday, January 3, 2015, 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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Mystery Book Discussion: The Bat

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Tuesday, January 6 @ 11:30 a.m. at Le Paradis Bakery (D St. and Mission)

The electrifying first appearance of Jo Nesbø’s detective, Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad, has him dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case with instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home.  Harry befriends one of the lead detectives and, together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.
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Writers’ Group at the Main Library

Adults, News, Teens

Hayward Public Library - Peer Writers' Group with Ali EterazUpcoming Peer Writers’ Group Meetings:

  • Wednesday, January 7 @ 6:15-7:45 p.m.
  • 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 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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T-Shirt Tote Bags (ages 5-11)

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No-Sew-Upcycled-T-Shirt-Grocery-Bag-6-of-6Wednesday, January 7

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

Turn an old t-shirt into a reusable bag.

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Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

News, Teens

volunteerWednesdays, January 7 & 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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Mostly Literary Fiction Book Group: “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride

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Thursday, January 8 @12 Noon (Eko Coffee Bar, 1075 B Street, Theater Courtyard, Downtown Hayward) – and
Monday, January 12 @ 6:30 pm (Main Library)

Mostly Literary Fiction Book Group discusses The Good Lord Bird by James McBride at the Hayward Public Library, January 8 & 12, 2015From the bestselling author of The Color of Water comes the story of a young boy born a slave in the Kansas Territory who joins the legendary abolitionist John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, The Good Lord Bird – winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction – is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival. (Watch for the film adaptation starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith.)

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Living With Local Wildlife

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Skunk in BackyardSaturday – January 10, 2:00-3:00 pm., Main Library

Learn about some of our wild neighbors in this up close encounter with local wildlife.  Miranda Britton, a naturalist with the Sulphur Creek Nature Center, will bring common animals that you could see in your very own backyard, including a skunk, opossum, bat and owl! Learn about some of their behaviors and how you can coexist with the animals at this fun and informative program.

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Blind Date with a Book @ Hayward Libraries

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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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Knitting Circle

Adults, News, Teens

529460_abstract_knitWednesdays January 14, February 11, 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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Happy Birds Performing Parrot Show!

Families, Kids, News

happy birdsSaturday, January 17

11:00 a.m. at the Main Library

1:00 p.m. at Weekes Branch

Watch parrots perform amazing tricks such as, riding a bike, roller skating, playing basketball, opening drinks, skateboarding, talking, singing songs, and much more!


These parrots have appeared on television shows such as Animal Planet’s “Pet Stars,” “The Ellen Show,” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” 

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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!

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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.