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Archived News Release from 2004

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New State Librarian Visited Redwood City for Library Foundation Reception

Redwood City, CA - August 1 , 2004 - On Wednesday, September 29, the new California State Librarian, Ms. Susan Hildreth, was honored at a reception at the Redwood City Public Library, hosted by the Redwood City Library Foundation. Guests included library directors from throughout the Bay Area, local elected officials including members of the City Council, the Library Foundation Board of Directors, the Library Board of Trustees, the Friends of the Library Board of Directors, and other friends and supporters of the library.

Photos of the event are available upon request.

Ms. Hildreth has been a librarian for nearly three decades, serving most recently for five years as the San Francisco Public Library Director. She has been active in the California Library Association since 1980, serving in many capacities from committee chair, to treasurer, to president. Managing a large urban library and working with librarians from around the state, Ms. Hildreth has first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing libraries today.

n response to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signing of the California Reading and Literacy Improvement and Public Library Construction and Renovation Bond Act of 2006, she commented, “By signing this landmark bill, the governor is demonstrating not only his support of California libraries but also his knowledge of the crucial role libraries play in California communities.” If voters approve the measure in March 2006 it would authorize $600 million of state general obligation bonds for library construction and renovation.

From its inception in 1999, the Redwood City Library Foundation has successfully raised funds for the Redwood City Public Library, initiating two outstanding programs: Traveling Storytime and the Teen Homework Center, for continuation of the acclaimed “Dad & Me at the Library”, and to purchase library materials for all facilities.

The Redwood City Public Library sponsors many free programs for children, families, and adults and helps our community to “understand the past, prepare for the future, and thrive in the present.” More information about library events and services is available on the library’s web page at, by calling 780-7026, or by picking up a Library events calendar in any Redwood City library.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.


Contact: Celia LaRiviere
Resource Development Supervisor
(650) 780-7045



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