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  • "I believe libraries help Hayward thrive"
  • "I believe in lifelong learning for people of all ages"
  • "I want to give back to my community"

Why are you a Friend of Hayward Library? Sharing your personal story is a powerful way to show your support. Even a sentence or two makes a world of difference.

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  • shared 2018-01-16 00:37:36 -0800
    I have memories of my bookworm Mom taking me to the Hayward Library, forming my love for books. Now, I’m happy to be part of the Friends of the Hayward Library and hope the community will enjoy it and grow some bookworms for years to come!
  • shared 2018-01-15 13:02:28 -0800
    The Friends of the Library has been my passion for years. It is the perfect grass roots organization that believes in what I believe: to be an active participant in our community and make things happen for the good. Watching our new library rise before my eyes is a dream come true! I am so proud to be part of an organization that is bringing such positive change to our city. I am looking forward to many years of the Friends and the library’s positive contributions to the community.
  • shared 2018-01-15 12:22:46 -0800
    The Friends of the Library and the Hayward Library Commission was my entrance into understanding the City of Hayward government and budget. As a member of both groups, I found out that the Library was the City Institution that served more people than any other. The Friends and .the Commission helped educate the City Council on the importance of the Library to the people of Hayward. The Friends also supplied the Library with important resources like computers and the Teen Area at the Weekes Branch Library. The Friends and Commission were key to the campaign for a new Library. I am very proud of my years as a member and one time President of the Friends.
  • shared 2018-01-15 11:18:35 -0800
    Books! Books! Books! I read all the time – cereal boxes,notices on busses and BART, everything. But books are my favorites.and the library is where I go for books. Of course I buy books sometimes ebooks or the paper kind, but the library’s are my favorites. I just love the vibe there.There are people of all kinds and ages working at the computers, reading at the tables, loving what I love. The staff is warm and welcoming and always helpful. When I volunteered to help kids with their homework, it was my joy to be there a couple of days a week. I’m there less often now, but look forward to those days knowing I will spend a bit of time at our Hayward Public Library..
  • shared 2018-01-15 10:19:32 -0800
    My late wife was passionate about libraries. And my mom and I share her belief that a public library contributes significantly to the public good by providing safe space for exploration, reflection, and discussion; and fun, too.
  • shared 2018-01-14 09:36:21 -0800
    Wherever I’ve ever lived the public libraries have always made me feel that I was home. After moving to Hayward twenty years ago and joining Friends of Hayward Library, I became even more connected to my community. Being a Friend of Hayward Library truly made me feel that Hayward is my home.
  • shared 2018-01-13 20:35:35 -0800
    The Friends of Hayward Library are, in my view, the best Friends organization in the world. As Hayward’s 21st Century Library rises on the corner of C Street and Mission Boulevard before our eyes, I recall the many thousands of hours of effort they put in to make this incredible dream come true — raising the necessary funds, rallying volunteers, meeting with lawmakers, telling the story door-to-door — and they did it as a small but mighty, all-volunteer, grass roots organization based right here in Hayward. The new library would not be happening without the phenomenal work of the Friends of Hayward Library. They are true champions!