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Archived News Release from 2003

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Public Library Book Sale Was a Great Success; Now, Bookstore Needs Books!

Redwood City, CA - June 6, 2003 - The recent Friends of the Library book sale at the Redwood City Public Library was such a huge success that the volunteers who operate the library's bookstore are putting out a call for donated books in good condition to restock their shelves. An incredible 10,000 books were sold during the three-day sale in April, leaving few books available to sell in the Friends bookstore located in the main library.

The book sale event raised $7,500 to fund library programs and services, according to Tom Haslett, President of the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library. "That's a 50-percent increase over the book sale in October, 2002," he said. “We need a continuing supply of good books for our bookstore - it operates seven days a week and we are experiencing a big demand for books". Haslett speculates that the economy has contributed to the success of sales, as people opt for used books in order to save money, and added, “We want to thank all the patrons who bought books during the event, and throughout the year."

Money from the book sales helps fund several library programs, including the popular speakers’ series as well as the Summer Reading programs for children.

The Redwood City Public Library sponsors many free programs for children and adults, and helps our community to “understand the past, prepare for the future, and thrive in the present." For more information about library events and services you may access the library’s home page at or call 780-7026.

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Contacts: Celia LaRiviere
Resource Development Supervisor

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