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Archived News Release from 2007

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Redwood Shores Library Campaign Receives Generous Grant from Philanthropists

Redwood City, CA - July 23 , 2007 - The “Campaign for the Opening Day Collection” for the new Redwood Shores Branch Library has received a $50,000 grant from the Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Fund, a donor advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Campaign is an effort aimed at raising the remaining funds required for the new Redwood Shores Branch Library scheduled to open in summer/fall of 2008. In addition to their support of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and Pam Omidyar are the founders of several Redwood City-based social impact organizations, including Omidyar Network, HopeLab and Humanity United.

This generous gift goes a long way in ensuring our new library is stocked with materials that our community expects and needs” said Redwood City Vice Mayor Rosanne Foust, who co-chairs the Campaign with local community supporter Paula Uccelli. “We’re grateful to the Omidyars, and it’s clear that they recognize the critical importance that libraries hold for communities. Their choice to support the Redwood Shores Library so generously serves as a shining example to others who may be considering a donation.”

The Campaign is a joint effort of the Redwood City Library Foundation and the Redwood Shores Community Association, dedicated to raising funds for materials for the new library. This full-service, high-tech, inviting, and engaging facility under construction includes a family place for young children, a café, and space for community meetings. The major portion of the funding required for construction of this facility has been secured through a state grant and with a capital investment from the City of Redwood City. There is still $250,000 in funding necessary for the opening day collection. More information about the Campaign for the Opening Day Collection and the Redwood City Library Foundation and is available at or by calling the Campaign Office at 800-671-1031, ext. 205. For convenience, donations may be made online.

The merger of Community Foundation Silicon Valley and Peninsula Community Foundation created the Silicon Valley Community Foundation as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions to the region’s most challenging problems. It’s among the largest community foundations in the nation, with more than $1.7 billion in assets under management and 1,400 philanthropic funds, including donor advised funds. In a region known for innovation in business and technology as well as philanthropy, the new foundation addresses local needs and supports Silicon Valley’s charitable giving to causes locally, nationally, and globally. The integration marks the first merger of equals involving two of the country’s leading community foundations and sets a new precedent in the philanthropic sector. The new regional headquarters will open in Mountain View in the summer of 2007. More information is online at

More information about library events and services is available by calling 780-7026, by visiting the Library’s web page at, or by picking up library information in any Redwood City library.

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Celia LaRiviere
Resource Development Supervisor

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