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  • 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
  • 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
  • Michael Morkve
    shared 2018-06-06 18:19:51 -0700
    I love books!
  • Natasha Volkova
    shared 2018-06-06 17:23:20 -0700
  • Norma Willis
    shared 2018-05-29 20:10:02 -0700
    I believe libraries make good and well-informed citizens.
  • Julius Willis
    shared 2018-05-29 19:56:49 -0700
    Libraries help build a well-informed and intellectually-healthy citizenry. Hayward leads the way with the most modern library in the state, if not the country.
  • Carol Morgan
    shared 2018-05-29 16:28:27 -0700
    I really like how the library is open to every person in our city and how it levels the playing field with internet for all who need it.
  • Kate Bryzek
    shared 2018-05-22 17:50:48 -0700
  • Yvonne Hull
    shared 2018-05-22 15:45:49 -0700
    Because reading is fundamental and opens minds to a whole new word!
  • Angela Ippolito
    shared 2018-05-18 13:56:57 -0700
    We live in Hayward and think a good public library is key for a City like ours. We’re excited about the state of the art facilities and think it’s a great investment for City $$$.
  • Erika Crawford
    shared 2018-05-15 06:48:11 -0700
    I’m a lifelong library patron since childhood.
  • Winnie Thompson
    shared 2018-05-14 14:09:46 -0700
  • Karen Maestas
    shared 2018-05-14 07:07:41 -0700
    I’m a friend of the Hayward library because it supports the education and entertainment of all members of our community.
  • Erika Nevarez
    shared 2018-05-12 09:11:23 -0700
    Allowing public access to books and educational activities at the local library shaped me while growing up. Now I want that and more for my children
  • Sara Tepetl
    shared 2018-05-12 07:34:52 -0700
  • Sarah Diamond
    shared 2018-05-12 07:03:02 -0700
  • April Domingo
    shared 2018-05-07 18:44:35 -0700
    I’m a Friend of Hayward Library because Hayward is the city I grew up in. I remember as a little girl I spent hours weekly at the library being engrossed in various books. I appreciate libraries and those who contribute to the learning of others! Reading has helped me thrive academically, professionally, and spiritually. Reading continues to be very pivotal in my personal development. I want to also gift my community the opportunity to bless others with the gift of lifelong learning! Thank you!
  • Heidi Stenner
    shared 2018-05-06 21:15:16 -0700
    Hayward deserves a first class library!
  • Clara DiBona
    shared 2018-05-02 14:56:25 -0700
    I am a friend of the library because I enjoy the adventures that books bring, and I like to turn the pages of a real book.