HAYWARD — The city has created a website to give updates for its new downtown library, which will be built after voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase in June.
The site, www.haywardlibrary.org, includes schematics for the new three-story library, which will be built across the street from the current one, at C Street and Mission Boulevard.
The site also has information about plans for the park surrounding the old library, which will be torn down. The park dates back to the time of Don Guillermo Castro, who had his homestead at C and Mission, with his corral in what is now the park. By 1889, it was the town plaza.
Some of the trees date back to that era; the block has more than 40 varieties of rare and mature trees, including examples of century-old American elm, Giant Sequoia, coastal redwood and a 100-foot-tall Australian bunya pine (the size of the bunya cones has been compared to bowling balls, watermelons and footballs).
Hayward is still trying to figure out the best use for the plaza; the City Council has not taken a formal vote.
While the name 21st Century Library & Community Learning Center was probably a good marketing tool during the campaign, Hayward might want to reconsider adopting it as a formal title. For one thing, “21st century” likely soon will sound dated. And it’s just way too long a name.
Whatever the city decides to call the building, people probably will still call it “the library, “the main library” or “the downtown library.”