Fall 2014 Calendar

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Fall 2014 Calendar

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Story Times, Learn & Play, Music & More!

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Check out the “for kids” page for a schedule of weekly events for children.

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California Reads – War Comes Home: Our Veterans, Our Communities

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California Reads - What It Is Like to Go to War: Our Veterans, Our CommunitiesWhat do we owe to those whom our country has sent into harm’s way? How can we build bridges of understanding between those who have served and those who have not? California Reads provides an opportunity for civilians and veterans to explore how California is welcoming its veterans home, in the aftermath of over a dozen years of war.

Register online for at least one of the California Reads events for an opportunity to request a free copy of the featured book What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes, while supplies last.

Sponsored by Cal Humanities, California Center for the Book, Hayward Public Library, the Friends of the Hayward Library, Chabot- Las Positas Community College District Office of the Chancellor, Chabot College Office of the President, Chabot College Student Veterans Organization, and the American Association of University Women Hayward-Castro Valley Branch.

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California Reads – Veteran Documentary Corps Film Showing & Discussion

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Veteran Documentary Corps Film Showing & DiscussionTuesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. (Main Library)

Produced by San Francisco State DocFilm Institute, each VDC documentary features one veteran’s honest reflections of the war experience and aftermath. As a collection the films portray different areas of service, wars, and nations. VDC documentaries provide truthful accounts that engage viewers in meaningful ways. Each film showing will feature a different set of stories. Stay after the films for a discussion with veterans.

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How to Train Your Nonprofit Board or Get Rid of the Deadwood!

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NRC Final Color Logo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014   6:00-8:00 PM   Main Library

Creating the right Board of Directors is an ongoing process. Learn how to keep your board learning and growing or cutting them loose. Dead wood does nothing positive for your mission; replace the non-active members with members who will advance your mission.

For more information, call or email Trudy at (510) 881-7974 or email her at Trudy.toll@hayward-ca.gov

Presented by the Hayward Nonprofit Resource Center

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Pumpkin Carving (all ages)

Families, Kids, Teens

Wednesday, October 22

3:00 p.m. at Weekes Branch

Carve your own Jack-O-Lantern at the library! Make it scary, make it funny or…? You supply the ideas and we’ll supply the pumpkins and carving tools! Pumpkins are limited so reserve yours in advance by calling 510-293-5366.

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California Reads – Veteran Documentary Corps Film Showing

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California Reads - Veteran Documentary Corp  Film Showing & DiscussionThursday, October 23, Noon (Chabot College, Room 804)

Produced by San Francisco State DocFilm Institute, each VDC documentary features one veteran’s honest reflections of the war experience and aftermath. As a collection the films portray different areas of service, wars, and nations. VDC documentaries provide truthful accounts that engage viewers in meaningful ways. Each film showing will feature a different set of stories. Stay after the films for a discussion with veterans.

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Writers’ Group at the Main Library

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Upcoming Peer Writers’ Group Meetings:

  • Saturday, October 25 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 15 @ 2:00-4:00 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 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 sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov

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, October  25th and November 8th & 22nd

 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.



Halloween Mini Carnival and Parade (All Ages)

Families, Kids, News

halloweenSaturday, October 25

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Weekes Branch Library

Wednesday, October 29

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

Wear your Halloween costume, play some games and collect some goodies!

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Adults, News, Teens

Saturday, October 25th, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Weekes Branch)

The Knitting Circle is having their semi-annual Knit-a-Thon. If you have an interest in any form of fiber arts,  drop in to work along with us or watch one of our demonstrations. We will also have on display for a show-and-tell Knitting Circle members’ finished projects, some of which won awards at the Alameda County Fair!  Light refreshments will be served. If you have always wanted to learn how to knit, crochet, needlepoint, tat, etc. this is the place to be.


California Reads – Book Discussion of “What It Is Like to Go to War” by Karl Marlantes

Adults, Teens

California Reads - Discuss  Tuesday, October 28 (Main Library) @ 6:00 p.m.

Discuss your thoughts about the featured book with local civilians and veterans alike.

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Laughter Yoga at the Main Library

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Saturday, November 1, 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

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  • Saturday, November 1, 2014, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Main Library)
  • Monday, November 3, 6:00-7:45 p.m (Main Library)
  • Wednesday, November  19, 6:00 – 8:00 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.

December’s dates are:

  • Monday,  December  1, 6:00- 8:00p.m.  (Main Library)
  • Saturday, December 6, 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. (Main Library)
  • Wednesday, December  17, 6:00- 8:00 p.m. (Weekes Branch Library)
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Mystery Book Group: Water Rat of Wanchai

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Tuesday November 4, 11:30 a.m. at Le Paradis Bakery (D St. and Mission)

The first of author Ian Hamilton’s thriller series introduces Ava Lee, a young Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant who specializes in recovering massive debts. Ava works for an elderly Hong Kong–based “Uncle,” who may or may not have ties to the Triads. At 5’3″ and 115 lbs., she hardly seems a threat. But her razor-sharp intelligence and martial arts skills allow her to succeed where traditional methods have failed.  When Uncle requests her help in recovering five million dollars from a failed business deal for a friend Ava steps in and immediately is off on a global hunt for the missing money.  On a journey that takes her from Seattle to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Guyana, and the British Virgin Islands, Ava encounters everything from the Thai katoey culture to corrupt government officials while dodging various shady characters.
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Seed Savers and Gardeners’ Club Meeting

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Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 pm
Main Library

Join community members who share a love of 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.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hayward Public Library. The Seed Lending Library is a community seed exchange. “Check out” vegetable and flower seeds to plant in your garden. In return, harvest some of the seeds from mature plants for your own use and for sharing with the Seed Lending Library. It’s easy to become a member or volunteer – learn more at http://hayward-ca.gov/seeds

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Recycle Your Old Printer Cartridges & Cell Phones – and Support the Literacy Plus Program!

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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 hpl@shoutbomb.com.  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.


Knitting Circle

Adults, News, Teens

Wednesday – 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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How to Choose the Right Bicycle

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Saturday, November 15th, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm (Weekes Branch) CANCELLED

bicycles-146219-s Learn how to choose the right type of bicycle for the trips you will be making. Topics include: Buying new or used, types of bikes and accessories, finding the right fit, and what to look for in wheels, brakes, and gears.”

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A Year With the Urban Gray Fox

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Gray fox Little One & Helper - strong pic, taken at her levelSaturday November 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Main Library

Join naturalist Bill Leikam, aka The Fox Guy, as he shows us a year in the life of two young gray foxes. This engaging program will begin with an overview of the California native gray fox species.  We will first meet the parents as they mate and have a litter. Then we will see the pups born and begin to  learn how to be a gray fox, following them through their development illustrated with both exclusive video taken by Bill’s motion sensitive trail cameras and photographs that Bill has taken in the field. Our remarkable journey will conclude when the pups are indistinguishable from their parents and they are ready to disperse to continue their cycle of life.


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