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  • 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..
  • Sandra Rojas
    shared 2018-07-10 13:54:15 -0700
    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 at the main library and I will miss it.
  • 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.
  • Chris 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
  • Kathleen Mikkelson
    shared 2018-06-17 07:55:59 -0700
    My mother, Mary B. Mikkelson, volunteered in the literacy program at the Hayward Library for more than 25 years. I believe that she started volunteering after teaching first grade at Cox school in Oakland. She really enjoyed being around her fellow volunteers and helping adults learning to read for the first time. She and my father, Dr. V.E. Mikkelson, raised us six girls to have a lifelong love affair with books.


    When we were growing up in Grants Pass, Oregon my mother would take us to the library once a week to hear a story being read by a librarian. I can still remember the delicious crack the brand new book would make as its pages were turned. Once we moved to West Linn, Oregon, my mother would take us to the library once a week to pick out books to read. Nancy Drew books were among my favorites; I could easily read three books a week, sometimes under the covers with a flashlight if I was supposed to be asleep.


    My mother inherited the books from her parents’ library after they died. I was amazed to discover that my grandparents owned books written about or by early African Americans when I was a college student at Pomona College asking to take independent study courses African-American history and literature. When my mom and dad died, we inherited those books, plus other books our parents had bought for themselves. I remember my father giving me the very first books he learned to read with back in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 1920s, which I still have (somewhere…) My sisters and I kept many of these books, but others we donated to the Hayward Library and to the library in San Anselmo, where I live now.


    When my dad died, mom bought a brick in his name at the Hayward Library. My mother died in February of 2016 and I recently donated $1000 for a plaque in my parents’ name in the new library, which will have its grand opening in July of this year. I only recently read the history of the Hayward Library, which is pretty amazing! Thank you for inviting me to write why I am pleased to be a friend of the Hayward Library.
  • Amelinda Maes
    shared 2018-06-16 23:50:23 -0700
    I’m a friend of the Hayward Library because I enjoy all things in print; learning; and networking on an intellectual and social level and the library events bring it all together. Thank you for the wonderful memories and looking forward to new adventures in the new location and look! Ame M.
  • Gloria Prada
    shared via 2018-06-16 20:58:02 -0700
    The Hayward Public Library has played an important role in the education of my children and grandchildren. For the last 30 years we have visited the library and have always found interesting books and materials that contribute to enhance our intellectual skills.

    The library staff has always been helpful, kind, and knowledgeable. Thanks so much for your work and for teaching everyone, children and adults, the love of reading and the value of books.



    Gloria Prada and Family
  • Lillian Ortiz
    shared 2018-06-16 16:41:21 -0700
    The library has been the place in Hayward that has provided me the opportunity to experience all the wonders of the world through books and videos.
  • Richard Pugh
    shared 2018-06-16 10:56:33 -0700
    I live in Hayward. Also, libraries are full of knowledge and knowledge is power.
  • Philip Roberts
    shared 2018-06-16 08:48:23 -0700
    For several years, I was a volunteer for the Homework Help program. Frequently tables and chairs had to be set up and taken down because the room was reserved for another use. Sometimes the space would be cut in two by a temporary wall. We almost never had enough room as the program grew ever more popular. Now, with our new library, we have dedicated space. Hurrah!
  • Michael Carr
    shared 2018-06-13 14:23:40 -0700
  • Gael Mercado
    shared via 2018-06-09 16:43:57 -0700
    I was born in Hayward I am 12 years old my mom Isabel Lozoya takes me to Hayward library since I was a child I like to go, every Wednesday I go out with Tutoria with Mrs. Emy and I am happy for our new library
  • Gael Mercado
    shared 2018-06-09 12:13:51 -0700
    I’m a friend of Hayward library I was born in Hayward I am 12 years old my mom Isabel Lozoya takes me to Hayward library since I was a child I like to go, every Wednesday with Tutor Ms Emy and I am happy for our new library
  • Savitha Moorthy
    shared 2018-06-09 09:48:48 -0700
    I moved to Hayward 10 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!
  • Whitney Preston
    shared 2018-06-09 09:34:08 -0700
    Books ! The printed word !
  • Jody Snyder
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-06 23:34:58 -0700
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out!
  • Jody Snyder
    shared 2018-06-06 23:34:44 -0700
    I was an employee there for 32 years and I am excited to see Hayward continue to provide superior service to their public and to have a worldclass green facility.
  • Taufa Setefano
    shared 2018-06-06 18:40:26 -0700
    My childhood was spending after school hours and weekends at both Hayward public libraries with siblings and friends. 😊 #secondhome