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Archived News Release from 2005

For Immediate Release

Peninsula Community Foundation Grants $60,000 to Redwood City Library Foundation for the Traveling Storytime Program

Redwood City, CA - May 26, 2005 - The Redwood City Library Foundation announced today that Peninsula Community Foundation (PCF) has awarded it $60,000 to help fund the Library’s Traveling Storytime program, now in its fifth year of operation. This award marks the second contribution from Peninsula Community Foundation in support of the program; the first grant for $101,000 awarded in 1999 provided seed money to start this innovative and now very successful program.

The Traveling Storytime program uses trained volunteers to take storytime to children in day cares and preschools throughout Redwood City. The goal is to help prepare children for school success by exposing them to joy of reading and all the things their Library offers. Volunteers use puppets, flannel boards, and finger plays in addition to reading to children. The volunteer corps, currently numbering over 40, have made over 16,000 ‘child visits’ in just the last year.

For the last two years, the Library has directly supported the program from its own budget, hiring a full time librarian to oversee the program. However, due to substantial, necessary budget reductions the Library has endured, it has been unable to support the program fully. The Library will match Peninsula Community Foundation funds in order to allow the Traveling Storytime Coordinator to devote full time to the program. With the grant from PCF and matching funds from the Library, the storytime coordinator will increase the number of volunteers and day cares and preschools served, particularly in the neediest sites, as well as offer training to new volunteers on how to read to children and select appropriate books.

This generous donation from Peninsula Community Foundation enables us to continue with this valuable and much-needed program” said Sandra Cooperman, President of the Redwood City Library Foundation. “We are very grateful for PCF’s continuing commitment to helping our youngsters get a great start on their reading and love of books.

Peninsula Community Foundation is a one of the largest and fastest-growing community foundations in the country, offering all the philanthropic, grantmaking, financial, and tax expertise needed to engage in effective, inspired charitable giving. Its website is www.pcf.org

The Redwood City Public Library offers many free programs for children, adults, and families, and is the learning center of the community. More information about Library events and services can be found in the events calendars available at all Redwood City Library, by visiting the Library’s web page, or by calling 780-7026.

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

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