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Archived News Release from 2005

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Public Library Celebrates National Library Week with Authors' Readings, Book Signings, Children's Talent Show, and Library Cards for Kindergartners

Redwood City, CA - April 7 , 2005 - National Library Week is April 10-16, and the Redwood City Public Library invites the public to join in the celebration!

This marks the 47th anniversary of National Library Week, honoring the contributions libraries make to our communities, and encourages library support and use. Redwood City Public Library will use this celebration to highlight the importance of owning a library card, through their “KinderCard” campaign, an effort to provide library cards to kindergarteners and their families throughout Redwood City.

The festivities start with a very special authors' reading and book signing on Thursday, April 14 at 7 pm in the community room of the Downtown Library. This event features authors published in the nationally-acclaimed Public House anthology, which provides a forum for authors that may not fit the mold of the exclusive New York publishing mainstream. Authors scheduled to appear are: Alan Black, contributor to the New Statesman, The Christian Science Monitor, and the San Francisco Chronicle; Robert Calhoun, Redwood City native; Amy Itzert, author of Supermarket; Luke James, co-editor of Public House; Anne Marino, author of the novel The Collapsible World; and Robert O' Brien, Redwood City writer-poet-songwriter. This will be an opportunity to hear the author' s interpretations of what they have written, to speak personally with them, and to hear about a newly forming peninsula writers group that will meet monthly at the Downtown Library.

Local youngsters get to celebrate National Library Week also, by showing off their skills in a children's talent show scheduled for Wednesday, April 13 at 7 pm in the community room of the Downtown Library. Auditions are scheduled for: Friday, April 8, 3-5 pm; Saturday, April 9, 2-4 pm; or Monday, April 11, 5-7 pm. Children may sign up for auditions at the Children' s Service Desk in the Downtown Library, by calling 780-7017, or dropping in during audition times. Performers are, for the most part, grade 5 or younger.

The centerpiece of the Redwood City Public Library' s recognition of National Library Week is its partnership with the Redwood City School District in the KinderCard Campaign. This new program targets kindergarteners in order to help foster a childhood love of books and reading, to open the door to our City' s libraries for kids to enjoy its programs, activities, and events, and to provide an opportunity for kids and their families to join together in the excitement and fun of using a library card, borrowing materials, and being part of the library community.

And, a Redwood City Public Library card can be used at all Peninsula Library System libraries and online to borrow books, tapes, CDs, DVDs, and more.

The KinderCard Campaign began in March of this year with informational packets going to all kindergarten teachers, principals, and school library media staff. During April, library card sign-up packets will go home with each kindergarten student so their families can join in. National Library Week is the perfect time to get a library card and start enjoying the wonderful community services that our libraries provide.

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
Resource Development Supervisor
650-780-7045

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