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National Library Week Brings Events, Presentations to the Redwood City Public Library ~ Author and "Film Noir" Expert Eddie Muller Headlines

Redwood City, CA - April 7 , 2004 - The 46th annual National Library Week is April 18 - April 24, and the Redwood City Public Library is taking part with a special schedule of activities. National Library Week is an annual event that honors the contributions libraries make to the community, and encourages library support and use.

"Headlining" Redwood City 's celebration is author Eddie Muller, who will host a special video presentation and discussion of 'noir' in film and literature on Monday, April 19, 2004 at 7:30 pm in the Community Room of the Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road . The free program is sponsored by the Redwood City Library Foundation, and the public is invited to attend.

Muller, nicknamed 'The Czar of Noir' and 'The Mayor of Dark City', has written several definitive works chronicling film noir, the cynical films of the 1940's and 1950's populated by seedy criminals, desperate situations, and femmes fatale. His nonfiction books include: Dark City : The Lost World of Film Noir; Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir; and The Art of Noir: Posters and Graphics from the Classic Era of Film Noir. Generally acknowledged as a film noir expert, Muller serves as programmer and host of Hollywood 's Annual Festival of Film Noir and the Annual San Francisco Festival of Film Noir, and has interviewed author Mickey Spillane, and actresses Rhonda Fleming and Ann Savage, among others. He has appeared on A&E, ABC, and TCM, and has been interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR. For more information about Eddie Muller, visit

Local youth canshow off their talents in a children's talent show scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, at 7 pm at the main library. Auditions are Friday, April 16, 3 - 5 pm; Saturday, April 17, 2 - 4 pm; or Tuesday, April 20, 5 - 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. Pre-schoolers are encouraged to participate.

The Redwood City Library Foundation then sponsors a fundraiser for the Campaign for Books at Chevy's, 2907 El Camino in Redwood City, on Thursday, April 22. Chevy's donates 20% of the cost of a meal, beverage, or take-out order purchased any time that day from 11 am to 10 pm. Flyers available in the library or by calling 780-7032 must be presented at the time of purchase.

Rounding out the week, The Friends of the Library offer one of their quarterly book sales, Friday, April 23, noon to 4 pm and Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm in the community room of the Main Library.

Throughout the week there will be special contests and games, with prizes donated by the Friends of the Library, and commemorative library card protectors will be issued. 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 pick up a calendar in any Redwood City library access the library's home page at or call 780-7026.

Visit Redwood City 's website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.

Celia LaRiviere
Resource Development Supervisor
(650) 780-7045



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