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Construction Starts on Redwood City’s New Library at Redwood Shores; Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled

Redwood City, CA - February 13 , 2007 - Redwood City invites the community to join in marking a huge milestone for the City’s public library system – it’s the start of construction of the Redwood Shores Library, the first to be built in Redwood City since the Schaberg Community Library was constructed in 1957! Mayor Barbara Pierce and Vice Mayor Rosanne Foust will host the ceremony on Saturday, February 24th, at 10 am at 399 Marine Parkway, which is at the corner of Marine Parkway and Bridge Parkway. Parking will be allowed along Bridge Parkway for visitors to the ceremony, and light refreshments will be served.

In addition to comments by City and library staff, student winners of The 4 th Annual School Force! Reading Power Read-A-Thon at Sandpiper Elementary School will be announced and presented awards by Vice Mayor Foust. Also featured will be a presentation of a $52,000 fundraising check by the Redwood Shores Community Association (RSCA) to the Redwood City Library Foundation for the Campaign for the Opening Day Collection. The Redwood City Library Foundation in conjunction with RSCA is presently in a campaign to raise $500,000 for all-new materials to stock the new library. A previous phase of the campaign garnered $350,000 that included significant donations from Oracle USA, Provident Credit Union, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and other generous donors.

This groundbreaking is an exciting milestone for our community’s library system” said Vice Mayor Rosanne Foust. “Its innovative and very friendly, inviting design will make it a great destination for not only Redwood Shores residents, but people from throughout the Redwood City community.”

When completed in spring 2008, this new high-tech library will feature: 22,558 square feet in a single story, light-filled building designed to take advantage of its waterside setting; community meeting rooms and gathering spaces; a family place and storytelling area for young children and their caregivers; a café with outdoor seating; the overall look-and-feel of a neighborhood bookstore; and an interactive interpretive center relating to the bay.

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Celia LaRiviere
Resource Development Supervisor

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