Library Building

Library Legacy

Founders Sherman & Ruth Weiss

The library’s very name represents the legacy of long-time Hayward citizens Sherman and Ruth Weiss. Sherman was a county agricultural agent and active participant in the local business arena; his wife Ruth was a school teacher and very involved in their church. During the library building campaign, their son Larry Weiss recognized the unique opportunity to meet the need of his childhood community and to establish an enduring way to honor his parents and family.

The Weiss family’s philanthropic gift proved to be a strong catalyst for the building project. From that point on, fundraising by the “Library Team” and other enthusiastic library supporters, generous contributions from our community and beyond, a Community Development Block Grant and in-kind donations combined to build our new state of the art public library facility.



Library building

You, too, have the opportunity to invest in our community’s future. Please look at The Library and Giving pages on this site to review our public library’s past, present and future, its enduring value to our community and how you can help secure this educational and cultural institution for generations to come.