Green

Hayward's new 21st Century Library will be a solar powered "net zero energy" facility that produces more energy than it consumes.

Smart

Library users will experience vibrant community learning and flexible gathering spaces linked by smart design and state-of-the-art technology.

Community

The 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center will transform lives and contribute to the health and success of the Hayward community.

The 21st Century Library will change the face of Downtown Hayward.

Why an atrium? Nine great reasons.

In addition to being aesthetically beautiful, the atrium is an essential architectural feature that performs several important functions in the building. Learn more.

October 2, 2014 1 note Reblog
COMMUNITY DESIGN MEETING: HISTORIC PLAZA + ARBORETUM
Saturday, Oct 11th, 2014Main Library835 C Street,10:00-11:30am+Farmer’s MarketWatkins at C St,11:30-1:00pmPlease join us for a special community presentation of the 21st Century Library design, including Hayward’s Historic Plaza + Arboretum. 
The presentation begins in the Main Library meeting room at 10:15am, and then will move to the Farmer’s Market (Watkins at C St) at 11:30am.
Click here to RSVP
ABOUT THE PLAZA
One of Hayward’s most impressive yet underutilized assets is its historic tree-filled central “plaza”. In the early days of Hayward in the mid-1800’s, the plaza was part of the homestead of the first ranch owner in the area, Don Guillermo Castro.
Some of the trees standing there today date back to these early days of Hayward. This unique arboretum features over 40 varieties of rare and mature trees, including impressive specimens of native Giant Sequoia and Coast Redwoods, century old American Elms, and some of the largest and oldest specimens of exotic tree species in the Bay Area including a mature Chinese Gingko, a rare Dawn Redwood, and the extraordinary 100-foot-tall Australian Bunya Pine.
The 21st Century Library project presents the unparalleled opportunity to restore these grounds to their historic roots as Hayward’s central plaza and arboretum. Very few cities can boast of having such a beautiful and stately central plaza with century-old historic trees in the heart of downtown.
Creating a vibrant and welcoming community plaza in place of the 1950’s era library structure will transform Hayward’s civic center. The restored plaza will be an ideal location for community festivals, music performances, cultural events, farmer’s markets, and other civic events for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire Hayward community. 
The design of this groundbreaking restoration project has come a long way, and we look forward to sharing it with you and hearing your comments and feedback. 
We hope you can join us for this special community meeting. Please RSVP and register by clicking the link below.
Click here to RSVP      Add event to Calendar

COMMUNITY DESIGN MEETING: HISTORIC PLAZA + ARBORETUM

Saturday, Oct 11th, 2014
Main Library
835 C Street,
10:00-11:30am
+
Farmer’s Market
Watkins at C St,
11:30-1:00pm

Please join us for a special community presentation of the 21st Century Library design, including Hayward’s Historic Plaza + Arboretum. 

The presentation begins in the Main Library meeting room at 10:15am, and then will move to the Farmer’s Market (Watkins at C St) at 11:30am.

Click here to RSVP

ABOUT THE PLAZA

One of Hayward’s most impressive yet underutilized assets is its historic tree-filled central “plaza”. In the early days of Hayward in the mid-1800’s, the plaza was part of the homestead of the first ranch owner in the area, Don Guillermo Castro.

Some of the trees standing there today date back to these early days of Hayward. This unique arboretum features over 40 varieties of rare and mature trees, including impressive specimens of native Giant Sequoia and Coast Redwoods, century old American Elms, and some of the largest and oldest specimens of exotic tree species in the Bay Area including a mature Chinese Gingko, a rare Dawn Redwood, and the extraordinary 100-foot-tall Australian Bunya Pine.

The 21st Century Library project presents the unparalleled opportunity to restore these grounds to their historic roots as Hayward’s central plaza and arboretum. Very few cities can boast of having such a beautiful and stately central plaza with century-old historic trees in the heart of downtown.

Creating a vibrant and welcoming community plaza in place of the 1950’s era library structure will transform Hayward’s civic center. The restored plaza will be an ideal location for community festivals, music performances, cultural events, farmer’s markets, and other civic events for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire Hayward community. 

The design of this groundbreaking restoration project has come a long way, and we look forward to sharing it with you and hearing your comments and feedback. 

We hope you can join us for this special community meeting. Please RSVP and register by clicking the link below.

September 4, 2014 0 notes Reblog
Anonymous asked
I was looking at the park plan and wondered how many of the trees we treasure now would have to be cut down for the new park.

The goal of the plaza restoration is to preserve all of the significant heritage trees. Great care will be taken in this regard. None of the heritage trees will be removed or harmed in any way. Only a few of the less significant trees which are dead or diseased would be removed; as well as a few smaller trees which are too close to the old library building foundation. New trees will be planted in the plaza to replace any trees that are removed. Learn more about the restoration of Hayward’s historic arboretum.

September 4, 2014 0 notes Reblog
Anonymous asked
Will there be any interruption to library services during the transition from the old library to the new one? And what is the target date of completion of the new library?

Great question, thanks for asking.

Because the 21st Century Library will be built across C Street from the current main library, there will be no need to relocate or interrupt library services during construction.

Once the new facility is completed, the library operations will move directly into the new building. There may be a brief interruption of services of one to three weeks during the move-in phase; this will be minimized as much as possible.

The target date for completion of the 21st Century Library is February of 2017.

September 1, 2014 5 notes Reblog
COMMUNITY DESIGN MEETING
WhenThursday October 2, 20146:15 PM to 8:00 PM Add to Calendar
WhereHayward Main Library835 C StreetHayward, CA 94541
The Hayward community is cordially invited to attend a special community presentation of the 21st Century Library + Historic Plaza and Arboretum project design. 
This groundbreaking project has been several years in the making and has come very far to arrive where it is today.
Many community discussions and expert analyses have taken place over the past six years of the process, all of which have contributed so much to this design.
After years of effort, the design has now reached the final stages. We look forward to sharing it with you and hearing your comments and feedback.
Attendees are requested to RSVP at this link: RSVP
The presentation and discussion will be facilitated by Noll+Tam Architects. Doors open at 6:15pm. The presentation will begin at 6:30pm. 
We look forward to seeing you at this special community presentation.

COMMUNITY DESIGN MEETING

When
Thursday October 2, 2014
6:15 PM to 8:00 PM 
Add to Calendar

Where
Hayward Main Library
835 C Street
Hayward, CA 94541

The Hayward community is cordially invited to attend a special community presentation of the 21st Century Library + Historic Plaza and Arboretum project design. 

This groundbreaking project has been several years in the making and has come very far to arrive where it is today.

Many community discussions and expert analyses have taken place over the past six years of the process, all of which have contributed so much to this design.

After years of effort, the design has now reached the final stages. We look forward to sharing it with you and hearing your comments and feedback.

Attendees are requested to RSVP at this link: RSVP

The presentation and discussion will be facilitated by Noll+Tam Architects. Doors open at 6:15pm. The presentation will begin at 6:30pm. 

We look forward to seeing you at this special community presentation.

August 9, 2014 0 notes Reblog
This is one of the earliest known images of the town of “Haywards”. It shows the town when it was just beginning to grow around Don Castro’s adobe house and corral. 
The vantage point of the image appears to be looking westward toward downtown from the foothills in the vicinity of present day 1st and E Streets. 
The illustration was part of a larger poster showing the impact of the Great Earthquake of 1868, centered on the Hayward Fault.

This is one of the earliest known images of the town of “Haywards”. It shows the town when it was just beginning to grow around Don Castro’s adobe house and corral. 

The vantage point of the image appears to be looking westward toward downtown from the foothills in the vicinity of present day 1st and E Streets. 

The illustration was part of a larger poster showing the impact of the Great Earthquake of 1868, centered on the Hayward Fault.

August 8, 2014 0 notes Reblog
1878 map of “Haywards” showing the layout of the town. The historic downtown plaza is clearly indicated at the intersection of Castro Street (now Mission Blvd.) and Webster Street (now C Street).

1878 map of “Haywards” showing the layout of the town. The historic downtown plaza is clearly indicated at the intersection of Castro Street (now Mission Blvd.) and Webster Street (now C Street).

August 6, 2014 0 notes Reblog
In this fascinating 1889 illustration, Hayward’s historic plaza is clearly visible in the lower right corner of the bird’s eye view. At the time, it was being used as a baseball field.
"Bird’s Eye View of Haywards, issued by Geo. A. Oakes, editor and proprietor of Haywards’ Journal, Haywards, Alameda Co., Cal. Subscription price $2.50 per year,” Printed in 1889.

In this fascinating 1889 illustration, Hayward’s historic plaza is clearly visible in the lower right corner of the bird’s eye view. At the time, it was being used as a baseball field.

"Bird’s Eye View of Haywards, issued by Geo. A. Oakes, editor and proprietor of Haywards’ Journal, Haywards, Alameda Co., Cal. Subscription price $2.50 per year,” Printed in 1889.

July 31, 2014 0 notes Reblog
Anonymous asked
Looks impressive. How have you guaranteed funding to ensure that the facility will be opened and adequately staffed long enough hours?

On election day June 4, 2014, Hayward voters approved Measure C by an overwhelming 2-to-1 margin, ensuring the funding for a mix of critical City infrastructure and services upgrades.

With the passage of Measure C by a supermajority of Hayward voters, the 21st Century Library project and the ongoing operations of the new facility are fully funded for the next 20 years.

Learn more about Measure C here.

July 30, 2014 0 notes Reblog
Detail from 1889 illustration,

One of Hayward’s most impressive yet underutilized assets is its historic tree-filled central “plaza”. In the early days of Hayward in the mid-1800’s, the plaza was part of the homestead of the first ranch owner in the area, Don Guillermo Castro.

Castro’s homestead was located in the area of present day C Street and Mission Boulevard. His original adobe house stood there for many years. Next to Don Castro’s house was a large corral for his horses. By 1889, Don Castro’s former corral had become the central plaza in the bustling new town of “Haywards”.

Some of the trees standing there today date back to these early days of Hayward. This unique arboretum features over 40 varieties of rare and mature trees, including impressive specimens of native Giant Sequoia and Coast Redwoods, century old American Elms, and some of the largest and oldest specimens of exotic tree species in the Bay Area including a mature Chinese Gingko, a rare Dawn Redwood, and the extraordinary 100-foot-tall Australian Bunya Pine.

The 21st Century Library project presents the unparalleled opportunity to restore these grounds to their historic roots as Hayward’s central plaza and arboretum. Very few cities can boast of having such a beautiful and stately central plaza with century-old historic trees in the heart of downtown.

Creating a vibrant and welcoming community plaza in place of the 1950’s era library structure will transform Hayward’s civic center. The restored plaza will be an ideal location for community festivals, music performances, cultural events, farmer’s markets, and other civic events for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire Hayward community. 

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