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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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  • Maria Nadauld
    shared 2018-04-10 16:23:26 -0700
    I’ve been a patron of the Hayward Library (and the bookmobile) since first grade – 1951. Why stop now?
  • LoBirtha Melton
    shared 2018-04-09 12:53:19 -0700
    I’m a friend of the Hayward Library because of it’s wonderful children and Literacy programs.
  • Fred Gertler
    shared 2018-04-08 20:44:23 -0700
    My late wife was passionate about libraries. And my mom and I and my partner 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.
  • Elaine Patience
    shared 2018-04-07 19:54:51 -0700
  • Natalie Juntz
    shared 2018-04-07 12:02:18 -0700
    I still say there is nothing like holding a real book in your hands.
  • Stacy Pua
    shared 2018-04-07 10:33:57 -0700
    I love the library and the community of hayward!
  • Ralph Hardy
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-07 09:56:52 -0700
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out!
  • Ralph Hardy
    shared 2018-04-07 09:55:33 -0700
    Our day program,Lifespring for developmentally disable located here in Hayward is excited to visit the new library.
  • Kate Jordahl
    shared 2018-04-07 08:41:49 -0700
    I’m a friend of the Hayward Library because this library is a place of imagination, hope, and joy! I can find information…I can also find inspiration! Wandering among the books leads to discovery every time!
  • Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-29 09:48:11 -0700
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out!
  • Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
    @RaisingMilagro tweeted link to this page. 2018-03-29 09:48:06 -0700
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out! https://www.haywardfriends.org/testimonials?recruiter_id=29339
  • Albert Popp
    shared 2018-03-28 20:21:19 -0700
    No real story other than when I was 9 years old I failed to return a book and want to clear my conscience.
  • Chloe Sumera
    shared 2018-03-26 11:22:34 -0700
    Our family is never not learning!
  • Kristin Rodriguez
    shared 2018-03-25 16:06:59 -0700
    In the children’s room, my two little ones learned to love the smell of books and how to ask an adult for help. The community classes offered us insights on raising chickens and helped us connect with others in unique ways. Thank you for making our lives more enriched!
  • Olga Tapia
    shared via 2018-03-23 16:22:09 -0700
    This is probably not what you were expecting, but the Hayward Public Library provided my sex education when I was a young girl in 1960. My mother told me absolutely nothing about sex. Fortunately, the library had a number of books about sex education for young readers. What was written was limited by today’s standards, but back then, it was very helpful to me.
  • Gabriela Marin
    shared 2018-03-21 23:07:09 -0700
    We discovered all Hayward library has to offer when my daughter was a baby. My kids have grown up participating in classes and visiting the kids area. Thank you for all you do
  • Kyle Pace
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-21 22:07:30 -0700
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out!
  • Kyle Pace
    shared 2018-03-21 22:07:01 -0700
    I did it for the lulz
  • Alyse Lui
    shared 2018-03-21 21:08:26 -0700
    Libraries were my playground growing up. When I became a teen, I made lifelong friends and expanded my horizons in book club. In college librarians helped me learn how to do research and find credible sources. I believe libraries are well springs of knowledge and an important pillar of a thriving community. Libraries are places to gather, places to learn, places of refuge and growth.
  • Sally Thomas
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-21 16:12:32 -0700
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out!
  • Sally Thomas
    shared 2018-03-21 16:11:36 -0700
    I love the Hayward Library community! I feel so lucky to be a librarian serving such smart, interesting, and engaged individuals and families. We are so fortunate to benefit from the enthusiastic support of Hayward residents and the dedicated volunteers of the Friends of the Hayward Library. Here’s to Hayward’s exciting future, filled with new opportunities and achievements!
  • Barbara Sullivan
    shared 2018-03-20 13:48:30 -0700
    My mother was an avid patron of her local library and a great lover of knowledge, books and the written word; I inherited her love for this wonderful, free and vital community resource.
  • David Guard
    shared 2018-03-19 14:41:00 -0700
    Reading is one of the best forms of education and education will open so may doors in life.
  • Kerrilyn Ely
    shared 2018-03-19 09:40:23 -0700
    Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Board and staff support our new 21st Century library in Hayward !
  • Layla Lasfar
    shared 2018-03-16 15:20:39 -0700
    The Hayward Library has been an amazing resource for our family over the years. It has given us access to great books which expanded our minds, and to great people who expanded our hearts!
  • Haoxue Zhi
    shared 2018-03-15 21:16:26 -0700
    HAYWARD is the first city we lived since we moved to US from China. Our family has a lot of sweet memories here, and our daughters really enjoy playing in Hayward library. We always appreciate what we got from all the nice people here.
  • María Ochoa
    shared 2018-03-15 21:05:37 -0700
    We believe that the Hayward Public Library is one of the greatest community assets that our city offers to its residents. Having a library in town is like having a treasure chest of the imagination and of ideas, available to all.
  • Michael Tokarz
    shared 2018-03-15 17:50:22 -0700
    Looking forward to a great new library!
  • Peggy Ricker
    shared 2018-03-15 17:17:01 -0700
    My older brother was autistic and had many learning-related limitations, but he loved books and libraries. He passed away unexpectedly 13 years ago. On our last day together, he asked me to take him to the Hayward Library. Every time I pass the library, I am reminded of him and his love of reading. I want future generations to enjoy the library as much as he did.
  • Linda Moore
    shared 2018-03-15 15:05:12 -0700