Community, Library

Library Dedication Ceremony

October 23, 2018

Rendering of the Hayward public library

The City of Hayward will open temporarily the doors of its nearly completed 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center on Saturday for a grand opening celebration and dedication ceremony that will pay tribute to the life of César Chávez.

This historic and free community event will provide opportunities to learn about the new library’s many features and facilities as well as the grassroots community effort that led to its construction.  In addition to the dedication ceremony starting at 11 a.m., there will be guided tours of accessible portions of the building, food and refreshments, entertainment and other fun activities for people of all ages throughout the day.

Fittingly, the festivities—from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27—will take place on the downtown block of C Street between the old main branch of the Hayward public library and its gleaming replacement, the 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center, at 888 C Street.

Entertainment and activities will include paper-cutting art for all ages on the theme of “Alice in Wonderland,” origami for all ages using recycled materials, button-making led by teen volunteers, rock-painting and other play activities for children, a used-books sale and “I heart Hayward Library” temporary tattoos, plus  live music by Drum Revolution Taiko Drummers, Mt. Eden High School Chamber Singers, Hayward High School String Orchestra, Mariachi Juvenil de Hayward, and Russell City Memorial Blues Band.

The new main library will open for business and regular operation in November following completion of final interior construction details, and fire and life-safety system testing, training and certification.