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Archived News Release from 2010

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Community Invited to Enjoy 6th Annual Bookstock Festival - A Family Celebration of Books, Music, and Fun in Redwood City

Redwood City, CA - August 6, 2010 - The Redwood City Public Library is celebrating readers, books, and community at Bookstock 6 - the Library’s 21st century version of the famous Woodstock Music and Arts festival. Bookstock 6 will bring three hours of peace and music to the community of Redwood City – plus books, crafts, activities, and a prize drawing. This year’s event will also be a celebration and recognition of the Library’s Youth Services manager Chuck Ashton – also known as “The Pied Piper of Redwood City,” upon his retirement after 23 years of bringing the joy of reading (and music!) to countless kids and families in Redwood City.

  • Saturday, August 14th
    1 to 4 pm
    Courthouse Square, Downtown Redwood City

This year’s festival brings back the fabulous Sippy Cups and their unique, creative brand of kids’ music. Also featured is Cotton Candy Express and their engaging children’s songs encompassing the many rhythms of rock, reggae and hip-hop. Kids and families will enjoy fun face painting, a Friends of the Library book sale, food and beverages, and Redwood City Parks’ always-popular fun crafts and other great activities. Here’s the schedule for Bookstock 6:

1pm – The Sippy Cups
2 pm – Celebrate Chuck Ashton, Youth Services Manager
2:15 pm - Cotton Candy Express
3 pm – The Sippy Cups

There will also be a special drawing for free prizes including gift certificates to Kepler’s Bookstore, the Reading Bug Bookstore, and Toys R Us, as well as for other great stuff.

Anyone who has taken their children to the Redwood City Library has probably experienced the magic of Chuck Ashton, the Youth Services Manager. As he retires, the City wanted to honor him and doing so at Bookstock is most appropriate. Chuck has the rare ability to appeal to all ages at the same time during his performances, which promote literacy, a love of reading, and a sense of happiness and joy in our Library. From infants and toddlers, to elementary school age children and ‘tweens… even teenagers and adults love to attend Chuck’s story hours!  For 23 years, Chuck has been a fixture at the Library, with his guitar, puppets, unique sense of humor, and distinctive style of connecting books with the youth of our community. This event is an opportunity to bid him farewell upon his retirement.

The entire community is invited to bring their sun-block, boogie shoes, and sunglasses for a fun afternoon at Bookstock 6. More information is available at 650-780-7018, or on the Library’s website at

The Redwood City Public Library offers many free programs for children, adults, and families, and is the learning center of our community. More information about library events and services is available on the library’s home page at or by calling 780-7026.

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Jacky Averill
Redwood City Library
(650) 780-7016                 


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