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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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  • Elisa Márquez
    shared 2018-03-10 10:11:34 -0800
    I’m happy to do my part by contributing to our new library. Please join me!
  • Fran David
    shared 2018-03-10 09:36:26 -0800
    Our new Library & Community Leaning Center is the beating heart of the community. With its resources, open to and shared with all, our diverse and rich community will soar on the wings of literacy.
  • Larry Ratto
    shared 2018-03-09 13:58:43 -0800
    Reading is the key to knowledge !
  • Anthony Bernier
    shared 2018-03-08 20:37:13 -0800
    I was part of the Noll&Tam architecture team that brought three teams of youth together to help design this beautiful building for the future of Hayward.
  • Debby De Angelis
    shared 2018-03-07 10:50:46 -0800
    I love to read!
  • Ruth Hartman
    shared 2018-03-06 11:14:36 -0800
    Our kids grew up in the Hayward Library. From lapsit classes to school reports, the library was always there for them !
  • Sarah Erickson
    shared 2018-03-03 14:26:13 -0800
    Books change lives.
  • Holly Tran
    shared 2018-02-27 16:20:22 -0800
  • Mimi Bauer
    shared 2018-02-27 14:33:42 -0800
    Supporting our Hayward Library. Life without free access to knowledge would be tragic.
  • Mimi Bauer
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-27 14:33:15 -0800
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out!
  • Dan Goldstein
    shared 2018-02-26 11:21:14 -0800
    Libraries feed the soul and nourish creativity.
  • Joe Navarro
    shared 2018-02-23 15:25:52 -0800
    There is nothing like the texture of the pages of a book. Reading a book allows your mind to explore and encourages your imagination to soar.
  • Amy Wolitzer
    shared 2018-02-21 19:14:49 -0800
    Everybody should have access to great libraries and programs!
  • Amy Wolitzer
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-21 19:14:35 -0800
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out!
  • Andy Mehdi
    shared 2018-02-09 14:02:10 -0800
    Thank you Shelby Bergeron for your dedication to our community
  • Paul Frumkin III
    shared 2018-02-06 15:27:44 -0800
    I’m a friend and promoter of books and reading because the availability of written words that allows each of us to think, reflect and come to our own conclusions. Remember, books have been destroyed by many anti-democratic institutions and governments. Books are sacred!
  • Mark Shaw
    shared 2018-02-06 09:59:47 -0800
    I see so many people using the library on a daily basis, either catching up on the news, reading for pleasure or research, or using the computer resources. It’s great to see the community make use of this valuable resource. All will benefit from the new library!
  • Joan Sieber
    shared 2018-02-05 07:26:41 -0800
    Libraries are places that nurture the spirit and aspirations of people of all ages. Books and the kinds of arts activities that this state of the art library will offer can literally save the lives of people searching for meaning and inspiration.
  • Linda Dobb
    shared 2018-02-04 17:09:09 -0800
    Its time for a nice public library in Hayward! I can’t wait to see our community have a great place to read, gather, and be proud of!
  • Ken Rawdon
    shared 2018-02-04 09:49:39 -0800
    I remember as a child going to the New Hartford Public Library in New Hartford Iowa every Saturday. Mrs. Nieman, the librarian, introduced me to reading through books like the Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Mystery Series. I did not realize at the time the door she was opening for me.
  • Virginia Sapiga
    shared 2018-02-04 07:00:40 -0800
    I’m a friend of Hayward Library because it’s important to have a place of learning, a place for information and so much more for everyone young and old alike, even this Library that is state of the art! How exciting to have this, a center of community for all of us.
  • Diane Laine
    shared 2018-01-29 18:08:37 -0800
    It is very important to Hayward citizens to have a library that is state of the art.
  • Amanda Paz
    shared 2018-01-28 17:42:56 -0800
    Hi, i would say something about the library. The library is the best place to be. When i was little i would always go for story time and for reading. It has all my memories of when i would go there. It is so nice there. You read, you can check out books and check out movies. i still love to read and love to watch movies. and i really love to listen to books. one of my favorite books i like to listen to is called Double Fudge. It still makes me laugh. Thank you so much.
  • Bob Simoni
    shared 2018-01-26 11:19:30 -0800
    My fondest memories of my father are when he would take us as young kids to the local library so we could borrow books to take home and read. We would amuse ourselves during the summer breaks by joining the library club and reading books and writing book reports.
  • Iris Murillo
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-24 16:19:22 -0800
    I just shared my story, "Why I'm a Friend of the Library" on the Haywardfriends.org website. Check it out!
  • Iris Murillo
    shared 2018-01-24 16:18:20 -0800
    My son and I frequently visit the Hayward Library. It’s delightful to see the smile on his face when I say it’s time to drop off our books and get new ones to read. He loves spending time on the computer in the children’s area. He’d spend the entire day there if possible. I’m deeply grateful for the our community library, its programs and its amazing staff. It was wonderful to see our city rally around the library and make it possible to build a new one with even more books, programs, spaces and opportunities for growth. I can’t wait to walk in the front doors of the new building.
  • Lynne Clifton
    shared 2018-01-22 15:54:25 -0800
    I’m a Friend of the Library because I like the idea of giving old books a new life and because nothing gives me more faith in the future than seeing a young reader choose a new book
  • Marie Cartusciello
    shared 2018-01-18 14:11:34 -0800
    I moved to Hayward from New York in 1991, and one of the first places that I found here was the library. I have often gravitated towards libraries, and I was so happy to find a pleasant, comfortable, and well-stocked library in the middle of downtown Hayward. I have been a frequent visitor there ever since. During my years as a teacher, the library provided a wealth of books and videos that I was able to use to enhance my curriculum. I also borrowed many books for my own reading pleasure over those years, and now that I am retired, I have joined one of the library’s book clubs. I donate to the Friends of Hayward Library because they provide the necessary support that makes our library an interesting and welcoming place for our community. How fortunate we are to have such a vital place for learning and building community in the heart of our city.
  • Francisco Zermeño
    shared 2018-01-17 17:52:20 -0800
    I’d rather be reading a bad book – oxymoron? – than be reading no book at all, And that pleasure is made possible by all my Friends in and out of our Library!

    Happy book day!
  • Karen Cauble
    shared 2018-01-17 16:01:13 -0800
    I appreciate everything library staff members do for the Hayward community. They create welcoming environments and great programs for kids and adults that enhance and expand our awareness of the world around us, past and present, which can also lead to promises for the future.