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Archived News Release from 2006

For Immediate Release

Vibrant New Family Place, Expanded Kids’ Area Under Construction at Downtown Library

Redwood City, CA - August 21, 2006 - Every afternoon, evening, and weekend, crowds of kids, students, and families descend on the Children’s Room of Redwood City’s Downtown Library. This most popular and well-utilized place is now undergoing a major renovation (work began on Monday, August 21st) in order to offer a fresh, expanded space for children and families.

To accomplish this transition, the Children’s Room will be closed to the public during construction until it’s re-opening, which is anticipated for October, 2006.

All children’s materials will still be available, temporarily relocated to areas throughout the library. Story times and other programs continue as announced. Programs and events can be confirmed by calling 780-7017.

The Redwood City Public Library would like to thank its patrons for their continuing patience and understanding during this short construction period. This temporary inconvenience will be rewarded with a wonderful new Family Place and Kids’ Place which will help the Library to better serve the entire community.

The Family Place is being created with the infant-to-five set in mind. Carved out of the existing Children’s Room, this space will cater to the needs of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, and their families. Plans feature colorful, comfortable seating, childlike décor, expanded picture books and beginning-to-read books displayed face out, and a new programming space, all in an environment that supports the age-appropriate behavior of young children. Families will find a place to browse for books, read, and bond together in a relaxed space. The Family Place will serve as a resource for parents, caregivers, and other community-based organizations that serve young children. The addition of more space means more children’s programs can be scheduled.

The Kids’ Place will sit adjacent to The Family Place and will be tailored to the distinct needs of elementary and middle school children. Their primary use is of the library’s collection and computers. The remodeled space will hold ample tables and chairs for study, a reconfigured place for independent computer use, and more computers. The size of the room will increase to meet the demand for more books and media for all age children, and to allow for future growth of the collection.

The Redwood City Public Library sponsors many free programs for children, families, and adults and is the learning center of the community. More information about library events and services, and the Redwood City Library Foundation, is available at www.redwoodcity.org/library, by calling 780-7026, or by picking up library information in any Redwood City public 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 local business. Take a look at the variety of City webcams at redwoodcity.org/webcam, and subscribe to Redwood City’s email newsletter by emailing e-news@redwoodcity.org.

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

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