Spring Newsletter 2014

Adults, Families, Kids, News, Teens, Volunteers

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


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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 cheryl.penick@hayward-ca.gov

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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On World Book Night: Spread the Love of Reading, Person to Person

Adults, News, Teens

Sign Up Now to Volunteer on Wednesday, April 23 @ Locations throughout Hayward

Spread the Love of Reading on World Book Night - Become a Volunteer NowVolunteer as a World Book Night book giver and help distribute 800 free copies of beloved books to non-regular readers, including copies of the page-turning memoirs When I Was Puerto Rican (in English & Spanish) by Esmeralda Santiago and Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed, and the young adult novel Hoot by Carl Hiassen. Volunteers ages 16 and older are invited to participate. For more information contact sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov or call 510-881-7700.

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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 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.


Writers’ Group at the Main Library

Adults, News, Teens
  • Saturday, April 12
    • Mini Workshop: “Journaling: A Strategy for Writers” @ 2:00 – 2:40 p.m.
    • Peer Review @ 2:45-4:00 p.m.

Peer Writers' Group at the Hayward Main Library

“Journaling: A Strategy for Writers”: Developing a regular journaling practice is a great way to improve your writing. We’ll talk about how to stay disciplined, and how to take ideas from our journals and transform them into pieces for more public venues. Participants are encouraged to bring their own journals, or pieces from them, and Christine will share from hers as well!

Upcoming Peer Writers’ Group Meetings:

  • Monday, April 28 @ 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 10 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 28 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 8 @ 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • 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 sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hayward Public Library.

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3D Puppet Making Workshop (grades 1-5)

Kids, News

3d puppetsMonday, April 14

Tuesday, April 15

Wednesday, April 16

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Main Library

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Weekes Branch



This 3-day workshop will teach you some paper sculpture techniques to use to create unique 3-dimensional paper bag puppets.

Day 1: Learn paper sculpting techniques.

Day 2: Make a man or woman puppet.

Day 3: Make a T-Rex or dragon puppet.

Please register beginning March 31 by contacting 510-293-3332 or jill.maughan@hayward-ca.gov.



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Lawyer in the Library

Adults, News

Wednesday, April 16,  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.

May’s's dates are :

Saturday, May 3, 12:00 noon ( Main Library)

Monday, May 5,  6:00-7:45 p.m. (Main Library)

Wednesday, May 21,  6:00-7:45 p.m.(Weekes Branch Library)

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Introduction to Finding Funders

Adults, News

NRC Final Color Logo

Wednesday,  April 16, 2014     6:00- 8:00pm (Main Library)

Learn to find funders for your nonprofit with the Foundation Center’s comprehensive funding research tool. This program is brought to you by the Hayward Nonprofit Resource Center and the Foundation Center. Call or email Trudy at (510)881-7974 or trudy.toll@hayward-ca.gov for more information.

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Pointillism Drawings (ages 6-11)

Kids, News

pointillismFriday, April 18

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Weekes Branch


Featuring the work of Georges Seurat. Learn to use this special technique.

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Earth Day Celebration

Adults, Families, Kids, News

recycle-1077158-sSaturday, April 19th, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Weekes Branch)

Celebrate Earth Day at the library!  Join us for a special Earth Day storytime, then both children and adults are invited to make Earth Day crafts from recycled items.  Come and celebrate our beautiful Earth!

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Adults, News, Teens

Saturday, April 19th, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Main Library)

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.


Get Your Game On!

Kids, Teens

Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Weekes Branch

April 23

May 21

Challenge your friends and family!  XBOX 360, Kinect & Wii games on the big screen!

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Get a Great Deal on Books!


Book saleDowntown Farmer’s Market

Saturday, April 26 & May 10, 17, and 24

 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.


Lose Your Lawn the Bay-Friendly Way

Adults, News, Teens

Landscape Project 1st Year 012.25Saturday April 26,  1:00-4:00 p.m. Main Library

Learn how to lose your lawn without tearing it out! This FREE how-to talk and tabling event presented by Bay-Friendly Educator and Master Composter Lori Caldwell, along with a Professional Landscape Designer, will provide design and plant selection advice as well as walk you through converting your lawn without breaking your back or your wallet. There will be a hands-on demonstration of sheet mulching – an innovative technique of layering materials on top of your lawn, allowing you to plant right into it. Plus, learn how you can participate in your local water agency’s water conservation rebate program, which could put some green in your pocket!

Everyone who attends the talk will receive a free copy of the Bay-Friendly Gardening Guide.  There will be a drawing for additional garden gifts at the end of the talk.

 Check out many more resources for lawn conversion at www.LoseYourLawn.org



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Legos in the Library (for ages 5 and up)

Kids, News, Teens

legos Wednesdays

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

at Weekes Branch Library

April 30

May 14 & 28



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

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Lawyer in the Library


Saturday, May 3, 2014,  12:00 – 2:00pm ( Main Library)

Monday, May 5, 2014,  6:00-7:45 p.m ( Main Library)

Wednesday, May 21,  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.

June’s ‘s dates are :

Monday, June 2,  6:00-7:45 p.m. (Main Library)

Saturday, June 7 ,   12:00 Noon-2:00 p.m. (Main Library)

Wednesday, June 18,  6:00-7:45 p.m.(Weekes Branch Library)

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Laughter Yoga at the Main Library

Adults, Families, Kids, News


Saturday, May 3, 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 Group: Mr. Churchill’s Secretary

Adults, News, Teens

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

In Susan MacNeal’s 1st book featuring Maggie Hope, a young American in 1940 London, Maggie finds work as a secretary to the newly appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill. When the P.M. is threatened by assassination, Maggie is thrown into the worlds of spies, secret agents, code-breaking and betrayal.  Racing from the damp streets of London to the hallowed halls of Trinity College to the code-breakers’ huts of Bletchley Park, Maggie struggles with the brute realities of a world at war. She penetrates the heart of an undercover spy ring and, despite revelations of the most horrific kind, carries out one of the war’s most deadly missions.

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Nonprofit Sustainability

Adults, News


NRC Final Color Logo

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 6:00pm-7:45pm (Main Library)


Learn how to enhance your organization’s competitiveness and strengthen its financial health.This workshop is presented by the Hayward Nonprofit resource center and the Foundation Center.  Call or email Trudy at (510)881-7974 or trudy.toll@hayward-ca.gov for more information.

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Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

News, Teens, Volunteers


Wednesday, May 7 

4:00 p.m. at 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. For more information, contact rob.spitzel@hayward-ca.gov


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Princess & Pirate Tea Party (ages 3-11)

Kids, News

pirate hatSaturday, May 10

11:00 a.m. at the Main Library


Come dressed in your finest royal attire or as a swashbuckling pirate. Or mix it up and dress like a royal pirate king or queen. There will be treats and activities. Parents: bring your camera.

Register beginning April 28th by calling 510-293-3332 or emailing jill.maughan@hayward-ca.gov. tiara





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Royal Tea Party (for ages 3-11)

Kids, News

crownSaturday, May 10

2:00 p.m. at Weekes Branch

Princes and Princesses are both welcome! Join other royalty for a marvelous tea party. There will be activities and treats.


Space is limited, please register beginning at 10:00 a.m. on May 10 by calling 510-293- 3302.

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