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Archived News Release from 2005

For Immediate Release

Events and Opportunity at the Redwood City Public Library

Redwood City, CA - January 14, 2005 - The Redwood City Public Library announces two outstanding events for January, and offers great opportunities for the community to participate in enhancing library services.

Wednesday, January 19, the professional theater company Word for Word will stage a reading of the old English folktale, “The Master-Maid.” It’s the timeless tale of a young maiden and her efforts to outwit an ogre and help a prince return to his kingdom; it’s sure to enthrall kids and adults alike, making it a grand family activity. The reading takes place at 7 pm in the Downtown Library at 1044 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

Word for Word is a San Francisco-based professional theater company that stages short stories or portions of books, performing every word the author has written. Their goal is to “excite children and adults about the written word, to inspire them to read more and to share the world’s diverse cultures and stories”. They bring “literature to its feet,” combining written, spoken, and physical action to make the stories come alive. More than 20,000 people a year attend their public performances in the Bay Area.

Then, join children’s author Judy Sierra on Saturday, January 29 at 11 am in the Downtown Library and hear her talk about her work, and read from some of her most popular books including, “Wild About Books,” “Coco and Cavendish: Fire Dogs,” and “Antarctic Antics” - collection of penguin poems that has been featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition. It’s another great family event at the library!

For those wishing to get fully involved in helping the library to serve the community, there are many opportunities to assist library staff with their day-to-day duties or special programs.

Some volunteers like to help in sorting and shelving library materials, or assisting others to navigate the Internet. Others help to search library shelves and retrieve items for customers, or present weekly story times to local day cares and preschools. Or, volunteers can be a helper in one of the homework centers, help others improve their literacy skills as a Project READ tutor, or assist the Friends of the Library with their book store and quarterly book sales. The possibilities for volunteering are never ending! Anyone interested in making a difference in our community is urged to call the library for information on becoming a volunteer.

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, and the Foundation, is available on the library’s home page at www.redwoodcity.org/library, 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 www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

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Contacts:
Celia LaRiviere 650-780-7045
Jim Boyson, 650-780-7032

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