From the President

judy.jpg“Libraries help you become a better you. Libraries help your community become a better community.” - Scott Bonner, Director of the Ferguson Public Library.

We, the Friends and the citizens of Hayward, stand on the brink of a new future for our city and community. We will finally witness the groundbreaking that will initiate the construction of our 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center. This exciting event will take place in September and begin the construction of the facility that has been over ten years in the making. To take part in this historic event I am asking all of you to renew your membership in the Friends and to each get a friend to become a Friend. You are our heroes and we want all of you present on this exciting day.

At last we will have an appropriate anchor to a newly revitalized downtown— the Heart of Hayward, the Heart of the Bay Area. The new library will bring over a million people our new Heart and generate business that will make the city proud. Our new library will be a LEED Platinum facility using Net Zero Energy, significant rainwater capture and re-use, and reducing the city’s carbon footprint.

Finally we will have adequate facilities for elementary and secondary Homework Help Centers, adult literacy programs, community education programs, innovative digital media education for citizens of all ages, public meeting rooms, lots of materials (both print and electronic) to serve all of our community. We will start out with 50,000 volumes with room to add another 80,000 as the years progress. Our 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center will be exactly that—a resource for all.

In order to get there we will continue to use the resources you provide in material donations, volunteer hours (we’ll need many more to work in our new store), and extra funds for programs such as After School Homework Centers, a Digital and Computer Learning Center, and a bigger opening day collection. Stay tuned for more detailed information on volunteer activities that include book store management, online sales, newsletter production, web development, public relations to name a few.

Here are a few easy ways to donate to the Friends: sign up for AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) and put Friends of the Hayward Public Library as the 50lc (3) as your charity. Pick up S.H.A.R.E.S. cards at our book sales and show them when you shop at Lucky’s, Food Maxx, Save Mart or Smart Foods—we get 1 to 3% of your purchase. Check out the Best Seller lists for both adults and children and buy new copies to donate to the library—check with a librarian first see how many copies are needed. And last, but not least, we always appreciate your GENTLY used books for adults and children—but we can’t use damaged, moldy, torn, written in, falling apart books—Be brave and put them in your recycling at home!

Let’s make this the best library in the Bay Area that serves the best community in the Bay Area—It’s all about you, the people of Hayward!