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  • "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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  • Melannie Rose Lavarias
    shared 2021-05-03 23:17:15 -0700
    I support Hayward Libraries because I believe education must be accessible to all for a better community.
  • Joe Navarro and Lucy Aguilar-Navarro
    shared 2021-03-09 14:42:24 -0800
    There is nothing like the texture of the pages of a book. Reading a book allows your mind to explore and encourages your imagination to soar.
  • Sandra Rojas
    shared 2021-03-08 21:45:46 -0800
    I have always believed in the power of reading. You can learn most anything from books. That is why the Hayward public library has played such an important part in my life and especially the lives of my children. When they were young I would take them to all the events and as soon as they could they started volunteering their summers. Two of my kids worked at the library. One still does. I have so many memories of my kids at the library.
  • Sandy Mathews
    shared 2021-03-06 10:53:19 -0800
    Libraries have been places of imagination, learning, and peace since my first library card at 4 years old. I have never been without a library and want to make sure that libraries remain part of our community for all children and adults.
  • Clara DiBona
    shared 2021-03-04 15:50:15 -0800
    I love reading, and libraries are accessible to everyone, so al can enjoy and learn.
  • Yumiko Abe-Jones
    shared 2021-03-04 10:24:02 -0800
    It’s a great library with really kind and helpful staff. Can’t wait to get back to my visits to the shiny new library too!
  • Savitha Moorthy
    shared 2021-03-04 08:21:58 -0800
    I moved to Hayward 13 years ago; since then, I have fallen completely in love with this community. It’s the first place in the U. S. that has felt like home. I’m proud of my city, and excited about the beautiful new library!
  • Shonda Goward
    shared 2020-11-17 18:24:36 -0800
    The Hayward Library was my magical place as a child. Glad to support it as an adult.
  • Kelly Greenne
    shared 2020-03-28 10:56:18 -0700
    The Friends make a huge chunk of their money from book sales. Since the library is closed they are not making that chunk of money. Some of the Friends money goes towards the summer reading program, literacy, and book clubs. If you are able, please support them.
  • Ryan Daliva
    shared 2019-09-12 17:34:20 -0700
    The library is a great source for knowledge and community. Give back if you can.
  • Beth Marshburn
    shared 2019-07-01 11:18:17 -0700
    Libraries are the great equalizer to boost us all up together in learning and communication.
  • Frank Burton
    shared 2019-04-28 22:15:18 -0700
    I’m a Friend of the new Hayward Library because I want to see it serve the people of Hayward on both Saturday and Sunday. Those are the only days many working residents of Hayward can go to the library. We’ll soon see whether the powers that be in Hayward are going to serve the residents, or allow some of the staff to dictate keeping the library open only when it’s convenient for the staff.
  • Gabriel Kong
    shared 2019-03-14 20:07:35 -0700
    I’m a friend of Hayward Library because knowledge will help our community thrive. Investing in a great library will definitely be very positive for Hayward.
  • Alexandra Thompson
    shared 2019-01-03 16:19:54 -0800
    I can’t wait to bring my daughter in for her first library card!
  • Kriya Chantalat
    shared 2018-12-24 22:52:56 -0800
    Library books took me on amazing adventures as a child. As an adult, they enable me to achieve great things. Now I see the joy in my child’s eyes when she opens up a new book. I want to share free access to books with everyone young and old.
  • Budiyono Wongsodihardjo
    shared 2018-10-29 14:38:36 -0700
    Knowledge is power.
  • Alexia Lamarque
    shared 2018-07-29 02:05:59 -0700
  • Debra Guzman
    shared 2018-07-15 20:39:29 -0700
    My mom worked on behalf of the library and encouraged us to visit often. I remember watching the HG Wells movie, The Time Machine.with her.. When George pulls back a curtain and finds books crumbling into dust, never to have a page turned again she looked at me and said that this is why we must have a library. How wonderful that our library will keep books alive for all of us.
  • Philip Roberts
    shared 2018-07-15 09:47:25 -0700
    I have made several presentations to the Hayward City Council, in particular supporting the efforts to build the new library. Here is a copy of the presentation I made on July 16, 2013 which pretty much sums up why I am a friend of the Hayward Library.

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    COMMENTS OF PHILIP ROBERTS REGARDING THE PROPOSED NEW DOWNTOWN LIBRARY & COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER

    Hayward City Council Meeting, July 16, 2013

    My name is Philip Roberts, and my Hayward address is 3565 Star Ridge Road. I have lived in Hayward for the past 44 years. I am a retired CEO of a Hayward­ based international aviation consulting company that I founded in 1981.

    The report to the City Council regarding a " 21st Century Library & Community Learning Center supports a new expanded downtown library for Hayward, and is backed by 700 pages of analyses. It is an excellent document.

    I would like to add my own view and experience for you to consider. The City of Hayward has been shown to be the most ethnically diverse community in all of California, and perhaps in all of the US. I don’t believe there is another facility in Hayward, public or private, other than our library, which brings us all together as a community.

    I will give you an example. I am a volunteer tutor for our Homework Support Center. Last year, along with 150 other volunteers, we helped more than 1,200 students with their homework, two hours a day, four days a week. The Center began this valuable community service at our two libraries, Weeks and Downtown Main. In 2011 school year, we expanded to include a Center at Longwood Elementary School and this past year added Centers at Park and Harder schools. While I have helped out at all of these locations, I spend most of my time at Downtown Main.

    While Library Staff are working with the Hayward Unified School district to include more school campuses in future years, the District has only 22 schools. The Hayward area has many more schools than this, since in the last school year, students from approximately 62 Hayward Area schools enrolled at our Downtown Main Library Homework Support Center. Typically at my homework table, students ask each other, “What school do you come from?” And they’ll say, All Saints, Bret Harte, Burbank, Redwood Christian, Stonebrae, Treeview or some other school. And in time, they become friends. For me, this melding of community is impressive, and one of the many reasons I volunteer as a tutor.

    But, we are bursting at the seams. We desperately need more space. Our children need a much bigger library.

    Thank you for listening to my story.
  • Irma Glazer
    shared 2018-07-12 08:54:39 -0700
    Irma Glazer. I am very 😃 to be able to. Use the new Library and hope to volunteer in the future..
  • Yaneth Cabeza Rosales
    shared 2018-07-07 12:50:18 -0700
    Hayward is the city my kids grew up in and it embraces my Hispanic culture…the library was another room in our home!
  • Zalak Trivedi
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-03 10:25:17 -0700
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out!
  • Zalak Trivedi
    shared 2018-07-03 10:24:26 -0700
    I was 17 years old when I came to this country. I spoke just basic English. From learning about my new home to academic milestones to professional achievements, the Hayward Public Library played a significant role at each stage: opening my mind, providing the right tools, and raising me to be a global citizen. Fun, wisdom, inspiration and adventure are never too far if you have access to a book! I am now a Friend of the Hayward Public Library, because I recognize that if the American Dream is the peak, then the trail must pass through a library at some point. It is now time for me to give back and help ensure that the next generation has the resources they need on their path to the American Dream.
  • Christine Ferreira
    shared 2018-06-28 11:30:58 -0700
  • Joanne Fritch
    shared 2018-06-26 11:26:47 -0700
    Growing up, books or other reading material were always around our house: everyone in my family was an avid reader and some of my earliest memories involve holding story books. Children’s summer library reading challenge lists were completed long before the break was over as my siblings and I devoured all types of books from our local library. How many children hear from their mothers “Put down that book and go out and play!”? As an adult, a local library card was a priority every place I’ve lived as the military moved me around, and while visiting Washington DC the first time, I even made time to get a Library of Congress card!
  • Toni Rediske
    shared 2018-06-21 09:31:04 -0700
    It’s part of Hayward
  • Marcela Munoz
    shared 2018-06-20 01:29:35 -0700
    My self and my family started going to the library in 1985, been raised as a foster child the library was the only safe place for me to be after school, after I had my own kids I took them every Wednesday and some times on Saturdays this library brings us a lot of memories I feel sad but at the same time happy because new generation are going to be able to enjoyed it like we did, from the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you Hayward public library.
  • Ighodaro Ehiorobo
    shared 2018-06-18 14:09:58 -0700
    I’m a friend of Hayward library because I’ve been involved with Homework support center and I won the Hayward Public Library Poetry Contest as the Grand Prize winner. Thanks.
  • Eleanor Malone
    shared 2018-06-18 06:51:09 -0700
    My two daughter’s are now 48 & 46 years old. I used to take them to Weeks Park library for story time. They loved it.

    Eleanor Malone
  • Eleanor Malone
    shared 2018-06-18 06:51:09 -0700
    My two daughter’s are now 48 & 46 years old. I used to take them to Weeks Park library for story time. They loved it.

    Eleanor Malone