Young Children

A baby smiling

Start their love for learning and reading early at your Hayward Public Library! Currently, activities are limited due to COVID-19. Check back-in frequently for updates about upcoming classes and activities!

A cartoon owl reading to woodland creaturesFull Storytime Calendar

Storytime programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, music, and peer interaction while building a foundation of pre-literacy skills and a life-long love of books and reading.

Join us for a storytime →


A moon and clouds against a dark blue skey with the words "Bedtime Stories via Zoom"Bedtime Stories via Zoom

Join us for a Zoom version of Bedtime Stories. See familiar faces and hear familiar songs and stories from the comfort of your own home in this interactive program for all ages. See our calendar for times and more information.

Bedtime Stories Calendar →


A group of children reading beneath a string of tissue paper flags with the words "Hayward Downtown Library - Bilingual Story Time: Cuentos en Ingles y Español"Bilingual Storytime: Cuentos en Inglés y Español

Acompáñenos para cuentos bilingües con rimas, canciones, y cuentos en Inglés y Español! Recomendado para edades 6 meses a 6 años. Visite el calendario para más información. 
Join us for bilingual storytime with rhymes, songs and stories in English and Spanish! Recommended for ages 6 months through 6 years. See our calendar for times and more information.

Bilingual Storytime Calendar/Calendario de Cuentos en Inglés y Español →


The words "Cuentos en Español via Zoom" with images of tissue paper flags, an open book, and maracasCuentos en Español via Zoom

Acompáñenos a una versión Zoom de Cuentos en Español. Vea caras conocidas y escuche canciones e historias familiares desde la comodidad de su propia casa en este programa interactivo para todas las edades. Visite el calendario para más información. 

Calendario de Cuentos en Español →


A cartoon unicorn with a backdrop of a field, tree, mountains, and castle with the words "Family Storytime"Family Storytime

In-person storytimes are back! We'll read some stories, sing some songs, and do a little dancing. Masks not required (but you may wear them if you like!). An adult caregiver (age 18+) must closely supervise children at all times. Recommended for ages birth through 6 years. See our calendar for times and more information.

Family Storytime Calendar →


Leaves and cartoon animals with the words "Little Ones Storytime"Little Ones Storytime

Join Ms. Martha and Ms. Kavita for storytime on Friday mornings from the comfort of your home. We'll read books, sing songs, and learn some new rhymes. See our calendar for times and more information.

Little Ones Storytime Calendar →


A panda bear and the wordsMandarin Storytime

请参与Wenny老师的脸书实时中文故事会,读书、唱歌、顺口溜! (Join Ms. Wenny on Facebook Live for books, rhymes, and songs in Mandarin Chinese!) 
每个月第1和第3个星期一上午10点在图书馆脸书网站准时开始. (Just go to our Facebook page at 10:00 a.m. every Monday and we'll see you there.)
无需注册. (No registration required.)
更多信息请访问图书馆活动日历. (Visit our event calendar for more information.)
有问题?请联系Wenny老师,电子邮件:  或致电: (510)881-7980 | Questions? Contact: Ms. Wenny | | (510) 881-7980

Mandarin Storytime Calendar →


Music notes and a dancing cat with the words "Hayward Public Library - Music and Movement - Recommended for ages 1-6 years - Monday at 10:30 - Downtown Library"Music & Movement

Music, songs, rhymes, and a sticker or two! Drop-ins welcome - no registration required. Recommended for ages 6 months through 6 years. See our calendar for times and more information.

Music & Movement Calendar →


Two young children looking at books and smilingReading Challenge: 1,000 books before kindergarten

Enjoy reading 1,000 books with your little one! Log reading and earn badges and prizes all along the way.

Check out these great outer space themed books →