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Archived News Release from 2004

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Library Foundation Gets Generous Gift from Yahoo! to Help Teens and Preschoolers

Redwood City, CA - December 10 , 2004 - Redwood City Library Foundation President Sandra Cooperman announced that the Yahoo! Employee Foundation has generously donated $25,000 to the Library Foundation to fund the Teen Homework Center, located in Redwood City’s downtown library, and the library’s Traveling Storytime program. Of that donation, $22,000 will support the Teen Homework Center for fiscal year 2003-2004, and the remaining $3,000 will go toward training new volunteers to read stories to youngsters at day care centers and preschools throughout Redwood City.

“We want to thank Yahoo! And its Employee Foundation for recognizing the vast value that these programs bring to our community,” said Ms. Cooperman. “Their generous support will reap incalculable rewards for our youngsters and teens in Redwood City.”

Both the Teen Homework Center and the Traveling Storytime program were originally funded by the Foundation, and later were funded entirely by the library’s operating budget. However, with recent budget cuts, the Foundation once again took on the responsibility for funding these two worthwhile programs, and was able to obtain this generous donation from Yahoo!, the Sunnyvale-based Internet company.

The Teen Homework Center program and facility provides a quiet, safe, and comfortable environment for junior high and high school age students to work on school assignments. Last year over 3,000 students visited the Center, which is equipped with 15 state-of-the-art computers and staffed with two bilingual assistants with volunteers on-hand to assist with homework assignments. In addition, the Center provides access to specialized databases designed to help students.

Traveling Storytime is a year-round outreach program that promotes school readiness and the love of books, libraries, and learning with volunteers reading to children in Redwood City and unincorporated Fair Oaks who are in day care or preschool. In fiscal year 2003-2004, 35 volunteers made over 16,000 child visits, reading in English and Spanish, and visited over 45 facilities.

The Redwood City Library Foundation was formed in 1998 to increase financial support for the library’s services, collections and programs, supplementing the scope of the library’s regular budget. The Foundation has successfully funded the Traveling Storytime program and the Teen Homework Center, and has contributed to library collections at the downtown and community libraries.

The Redwood City Public Library offers many free programs for children, adults, and families, 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, visit the library’s home page at www.redwoodcity.org/library, or call 780-7026. Visit Redwood City’s main website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.

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

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