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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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  • 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
  • Vicki Hudson
    shared 2018-03-15 14:38:35 -0700
    Books matter. Reading matters. Everyone should be able to read and expand their knowledge in free libraries.

    (Photo by Tatjana Plitt)
  • Ginny Delaney
    shared 2018-03-15 13:05:39 -0700
    We love to learn and want to inspire a love of reading and learning in the next generation of Hayward citizens.
  • Michelle Pierre
    shared 2018-03-15 13:00:52 -0700
    As a child, the public library was a second home to my sisters and I. To this day, I remain an avid reader, with library cards from seven different libraries! Now, instead of going to a physical library to check out/return books, I use my kindle. I thank the LORD for public libraries and the influence of books in my life. I am also an educator, writer and poet. God has been very good to me!
  • Barbara Jameson-Bellow
    shared 2018-03-15 12:52:56 -0700
    I am a friend of the Hayward Library because it supports learning for all ages. The Library was the first place I took my daughter when we relocated to Hayward over 25 years ago and remains a valuable resource to the community today.
  • Niki Springs
    shared 2018-03-15 12:46:35 -0700
    I believe in the Hayward and the power of libraries to elevate the community. 💜📚
  • Mary Thomas
    shared 2018-03-15 11:52:08 -0700
    My three year old checks out 15 books every week. Love it!
  • Kanti Patel
    shared 2018-03-15 09:58:23 -0700
    Lived in Hayward for 32 years, proud to support Hayward Library.
  • Salina Lu
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-15 09:54:32 -0700
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out!
  • Salina Lu
    shared 2018-03-15 09:53:06 -0700
    Purchased my 1st home in Hayward, CA. I’m proud to support the Hayward’s 21st Century Library 📚
  • Brian Schott
    shared 2018-03-15 09:22:29 -0700
    Cara is a teacher at All Saints Catholic School and an avid reader. She knows first hand the value of reading for fun and knowledge has on her students.



    During my 20+ years as a Hayward Rotarian, I have been a part of The Hayward Rotary Club’s efforts to provide the resources Hayward Families need. As a Past President of the Hayward Rotary, I am proud of our sponsorship of the Hayward Rotary Children’s Reading room with a Club Grant of $100,000 to the Hayward Library using funds our Club Presidents annually direct towards Community Needs.
  • Jeanie Schultz
    shared 2018-03-15 09:19:28 -0700
    The library is always my favorite place in any locale in which I find myself. In my younger days, whenever we moved, the librarian was always my first new friend.
  • Kennalee Welliver
    shared 2018-03-15 09:05:55 -0700
    I moved to Hayward when I was one year’s old. Many happy years reading books suggested by Mrs, Conklin.
  • Didacus Ramos
    shared 2018-03-15 08:12:41 -0700
    I’m a friend of the library because books and reading opens a whole world to each of our lives. The library is the key and portal to that world.
  • Morad Fakhrai
    shared 2018-03-15 08:00:18 -0700
    The new Hayward library will be a great addition to downtown Hayward and one that will truly transform the area. So proud to have been a part of this transformation.
  • Heather Fried
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-15 07:19:45 -0700
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out!
  • Heather Fried
    shared 2018-03-15 07:19:08 -0700
    I sincerely believe that reading empowers people to learn new things and explore the world. Excited to plant a little seed for the future and support our Hayward Library.
  • Jason Bone
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-14 12:02:12 -0700
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out!
  • Jason Bone
    shared 2018-03-14 12:01:09 -0700
    I’m proud to support the Hayward Public Library, a remarkable resource that in turns supports our community!
  • Felipe Razo
    shared 2018-03-14 08:12:40 -0700
    I have been and will be a friend of literacy and education for life!!!!

    Nice hard working folks of the Hayward Library are a blessing to their community!!! Thanks.
  • Joan Uhlig
    shared 2018-03-13 19:53:14 -0700
    I’m a friend of the Hayward Library because what’s not to like?! My family has fond memories of the library…from story time when the kids were little, chess tournaments, book clubs,…just finding that special read. A magical place we want to support.!
  • Andreas Schirmer
    shared 2018-03-11 23:13:57 -0700
    We are just happy to have access to and to share this wonderful facility, looking forward to opening day of the new library
  • Pravin Balram
    shared 2018-03-11 17:54:44 -0700
    Our two daughters, both graduates from the University of California education system, benefited greatly from the old Hayward Public Library. The library offered them a quiet and inviting place to do their homework. It was also a place where we as parents could enjoy watching them expand their interests and passions through reading. As adults, the library has always been a great place for self-education.
  • Vecepia Robinson
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-11 07:55:37 -0700
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out!
  • Vecepia Robinson
    shared 2018-03-11 07:55:12 -0700
    Faithful visitors of the Hayward libraries since 2000. Honored to be part of history.
  • Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
    shared 2018-03-10 17:44:46 -0800
    Our family is a friend of the new Hayward library because I’m a local author who has performed several library programs here AND my children have grown up using this precious resource.. We attended the city hall meeting when the artist drawings for first unveiled. We can’t wait!
  • Sara Hancock
    shared 2018-03-10 16:51:30 -0800
    The library is the heart of a great community!
  • Briggitte Lowe
    shared 2018-03-10 13:51:14 -0800
    I grew up going to the library. I’m very excited about Hayward’s new 21st Century Library!