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Archived News Release from 2008

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Redwood City Public Library Receives Grant from California Coastal Conservancy for Redwood Shores Library Environmental Interpretive Center

Redwood City, CA - June 3rd , 2008 – The Redwood City Public Library is thrilled to announce that it has received a $150,000 grant from the California Coastal Conservancy to help fund the innovative Environmental Interpretive Center at the new Redwood Shores Library. With this very generous grant, Redwood City Public Library has received a major boost toward securing the funding necessary for the entire Interpretive Center project.

We’re grateful to the Coastal Conservancy for recognizing the importance of bringing this level of bay-side environmental education to the families in our community, through the library,” said Dave Genesy, Redwood City Public Library Director. “We’re creating a unique pairing of a comfortable, inviting, modern library atmosphere featuring a baylands environmental interpretive center, right on the Bay, and the Coastal Conservancy grant is helping to make it happen.”

The Redwood Shores Library, scheduled to open this fall, nestles into a curve of Belmont Slough. Its Environmental Interpretive Center will highlight the life in the sloughs, wetlands, and Bay, offering a community destination for interactive and fun environmental education. Among its elements will be larger-than-life models of mud and water life, a 200-gallon aquarium, and many hands-on and interactive educational activities emphasizing the benefits of wetlands, the interconnected food web, the diversity of microscopic life, and our connection to the environment. There will also be classes, weekend “ Seaside storytimes,” birding walks, family activities, and other environmental programs hosted by Marine Science Institute and the Sequoia Audubon Society.

The California Coastal Conservancy is a state agency working to protect and improve the coast and San Francisco Bay. It has helped open more than 100 miles of coast and bay shores to the public, and has preserved more than 300,000 acres of wetlands, wildlife habitat, parks, and farmland. The California Coastal Conservancy website is located at

The Environmental Interpretive Center project still needs an additional $145,000 to be fully funded. Contributions can be made to the Redwood City Library Foundation, and donors of $1,000 or more will be recognized on an outdoor Interpretive Center supporter wall. More information on the program and funding is available from Jacky Averill at (650) 780-7016 or

The Redwood City Public Library offers many free programs for children, adults, and families, and is the learning center of our community. For more information about library events and services you may access the library’s home page at or call 780-7026.

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Jacky Averill
Redwood City Public Library
(650) 780-7016


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