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Archived News Release from 2011

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Library Foundation & Latino Community Council Sponsor “Gran Kermes” Family Festival Fundraiser for Fair Oaks Library

Redwood City, CA - March 31, 2011 - The Redwood City Library Foundation and the Latino Community Council of Redwood City (LCCRC) present “Gran Kermes” – a wonderfully entertaining and fun community festival that will raise funds for new children’s books at the Fair Oaks Library. Gran Kermes takes place on Saturday, April 9th from noon to 5 pm in the parking area adjacent to the Fair Oaks Library, 2510 Middlefield Road, in Redwood City.

This family-oriented event will feature vendor booths, food booths, fun games and prizes for kids, engaging arts and crafts, and local groups performing live music, ballet folklorico, and drama. All funds raised will be used to buy picture books, beginning-to-read books, novels, and series for junior readers at the Fair Oaks Library.

What a great way to spend a beautiful afternoon in Redwood City, with fun, games, music, food and more for the whole family!

LCCRC is an advocacy group working for the advancement of Latinos and their issues through civic and community engagement. “We’re so pleased to be joining forces with the Redwood City Library Foundation to provide educational resources for the children of our community,” said Arnoldo Arreola, chair of the organization. Major sponsors of the Gran Kermes are State Farm Insurance, Chavez Supermarket, Mi Rancho Supermarket, and the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation.

The Fair Oaks Library serves the North Fair Oaks neighborhood including four schools where 94% of the students are designated socioeconomically disadvantaged. The Library focuses on family literacy, supporting school success, and access to computers. The need for more children’s material for the Fair Oaks Library is t a critical point. Since the economic downturn began, usage at this library has increased by 45%, with job seekers, students, and families with children increasingly using the many important free services and useful materials of the small library. The Library Foundation has a goal of raising $250,000 in order to expand library materials for both children and adults at the Fair Oaks Library. More than $100,000 has already been provided to purchase high-demand materials including English language audiocassettes, CDs, DVDs, and books.

Since its formation in 1998, the Redwood City Library Foundation has raised nearly $2 million that has been used to hire a Traveling Storytime librarian, establish a teen homework center, support the Dad and Me in the Library program, help fund an interpretive center, and purchase the complete collection for the new Redwood Shores Library. Donations for children’s books for the Fair Oaks Library may be made online at or mailed to Redwood City Library Foundation, 1044 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City, CA 94063. Donations are fully tax deductible. For more information call the Foundation’s Executive Director Georgi LaBerge at (650) 780-7045.

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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Georgi LaBerge
Redwood City Library Foundation
(650) 780-7045      


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