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Archived News Release from 2003

For Immediate Release

Author Francisco Jiménez Highlights Special Events to Celebrate National Library Week at the Redwood Ctiy Public Library

Redwood City, CA - March 26, 2003 - Redwood City, CA - The Redwood City Public Library presents a special slate of activities to celebrate National Library Week, taking place from April 6 through April 12. This year marks the 45th anniversary of National Library Week, an event that honors the contributions libraries make to the community, and encourages library support and use. Redwood City Public Library will use this celebration to highlight the importance and relevance of owning a library card, kicking off a yearlong campaign to increase awareness of the library and the number of library cardholders in Redwood City.

Keynote speaker of the week is local author and Latino professor Francisco Jiménez, author of Breaking Through, a compelling description of his youth as a Mexican immigrant child in California and his family's adjustment to life in the U.S. Houghton Mifflin published Breaking Through in Spanish in 2002 under the title Senderos fronterizos. The presentation, made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Library, takes place Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the community room of the main library and is appropriate for young people and adults.

Earlier this year, the author was chosen to lead the city of San Jose's, "Silicon Valley Reads: One Book, One Community," a reading event that encouraged everyone in the community to read Breaking Through, and to discuss it in many different social contexts. Last year Mr. Jiménez was chosen to head the same program in the city of Woodland's. Mr. Jiménez serves as the Fay Boyle Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and as director of the Ethnic Studies Program at Santa Clara University. He has published and edited several books on Mexican and Mexican American literature, and his stories have been published in over 50 textbooks and literature anthologies.

Another National Library Week event gives local kids a chance to show off their talents in a children's talent show scheduled for Wednesday, April 9, at 7:00 pm at the main library. Auditions are scheduled for: Friday, April 4, 2-4 pm; Sunday, April 6, 2-4 pm; or Monday, April 7, 4-7 pm. Children may sign up for auditions at the Children's Service Desk in the main library, by calling 780-7017, or dropping in during auditions times. Performers are, for the most part, grade 5 and younger. Preschoolers are encouraged to participate.

The library extends its reach by visiting the Sequoia Station Safeway, Friday, April 11, 10 am - 4 pm, issuing new library cards, and checking out books on the spot. And throughout National Library Week there will be special contests and games of chance and skill, with prizes donated by the Friends of the Library. A commemorative library card protector will be issued during the week for the first time.

All events are free and the public is invited to attend any or all of the scheduled events, and is encouraged to visit their local branch library. 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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