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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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  • 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
  • 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.
  • Linda Carroll
    shared 2018-05-01 20:58:01 -0700
    I am a friend of the library because I love all of the adventures and discoveries you can make there.
  • Lois Pickett
    shared 2018-05-01 15:14:42 -0700
  • Mary Dang
    shared 2018-04-30 21:25:44 -0700
    I’m a friend of the library because I love bringing my kids here to pull them away from all the electronics, to be able to touch, open and read a book. They enjoy it and I enjoy bringing them.
  • Suzanne Barba
    shared 2018-04-30 08:01:32 -0700
  • Andrea Peixoto
    shared 2018-04-30 07:31:12 -0700
    I’m a Friend of the Hayward Library because books allow you to travel all over the world and also to meet some very interesting people along the way.
  • Rich Berkowitz
    shared 2018-04-29 19:55:24 -0700
    we think public librarys are an important part of our city, we use it all the time and are now lucky too have a new one for the 21st century
  • Grace Polichar
    shared 2018-04-29 17:20:08 -0700
    From a low income family, the library was our vacations. Every other Wednesday after dinner we would go to the library. All of us had a library card, even little 4 yrs me! Generally, the first thing I like to do when I move, is get a library card… which I did in Hayward about 30 years ago… I’m so excited about the opening of the new library…
  • Perrin Rynning
    shared 2018-04-29 16:14:44 -0700
    Libraries remain one of the most important aspects of any town… any civilization. A clean, well-lighted place for reading, for learning to read, and other activities to broaden the mind presents opportunities for all citizens to improve their communities at every level.