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Archived News Release from 2005

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Holiday Shopping at Whole Foods to Benefit the Redwood City Library Foundation

Redwood City, CA - October 26, 2005 - A nickel can still go a long way, when customers at Whole Foods Market bring their own bags for their groceries. From now through December 26th, for every shopping bag that customers bring in for bagging their groceries, Whole Foods in Redwood City will donate a nickel to the Redwood City Library Foundation. Those nickels will add up, and help the Library to fund programs, materials, and resources for the benefit of the community. At the same time, Whole Foods reinforces its philosophy of conservation by encouraging reuse of throw-away paper products, and reusable grocery bags.

Whole Foods’ Nickels for Non-Profits is a wonderful opportunity to help support the Library Foundation, especially as the Library works to fill the Redwood Shores branch library book fund for the brand-new branch library to be opened in Redwood Shores in 2007.

The Redwood City Library Foundation raises money exclusively for the benefit of the Redwood City Public Library and has successfully launched Traveling Storytime, a program that pairs volunteer readers with preschool children at daycare centers throughout the community; established the Teen Homework Center, with computer and technical/tutoring assistance, to help youth succeed in the educational goals; equipped the library community room with a hearing loop to aid hearing impaired adults enjoy programs and participate in meetings; provided English language written materials and tapes for members of the Latino community to improve their language skills; and strengthened family ties through a Foundation-funded Saturday reading program, Dad & Me@the Library. The Foundation, made up of active members of many segments of the community has donated over $500,000 to the library since its inception in 1998, and is proud to count Whole Foods as a community partner.

The Redwood City Library Foundation is a non-profit organization qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions Learn more about the Foundation by going to www.redwoodcity.org/library (click on “About Us” and select “Foundation”). Visit Whole Foods online at www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

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 these children’s events and services can be found in the events calendars available at all Redwood City public libraries, by visiting the Library’s web page at www.redwoodcity.org/library, 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, City government, and local business.



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Celia LaRiviere
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(650) 780-7045

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