Redwood City Public Library
    August 2017
Need Homework Help? Library offers options to assist students and their families. 
"Library Matters" - Reprinted from The Spectrum Magazine
by Derek Wolfgram, Library Director, Redwood City Public Library

In just a couple of weeks, students will already be headed back to school again, and that means homework assignments will be due before you know it! A 2014 National Center for Families Learning survey indicated that over 60 percent of parents had trouble helping their kids with homework. Common reasons included pushback from children, lack of understanding the subject matter, or just plain being too busy. Project READ
Luckily for Redwood City parents and caregivers, help is on the way! The Redwood City Public Library (RCPL) has many options to provide assistance to students of all ages with their homework challenges.
For students who can visit any of RCPL's four locations in person, Homework Centers provide assistance after school every Monday through Thursday during the school year. Visit for specific program hours at the Downtown, Fair Oaks, Redwood Shores, and Schaberg libraries.
The Friends of the Redwood City Public Library sponsor free access to the Brainfuse HelpNow service, staffed by live, online tutors available from 1 to 10 pm, seven days a week. Tutors are trained and certified to assist in a wide variety of subjects for students in grades 4 - college, and the service is available in both English and Spanish on the Library website at . Redwood City and North Fair Oaks residents may access the service from any computer or mobile device with internet access, and residents of other communities can use the service on computers in any RCPL library.
While not specifically focused on homework, Project READ offers literacy programs for youth in grades 1 - 12 who read below grade level and who live or go to school in Redwood City or North Fair Oaks. One specific program, Families in Partnership, is a dropout prevention program that pairs students one-on-one with tutors to improve basic reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Project READ also offers dual intervention literacy services for teens and elementary school age youth, as well as tutoring programs for parents. Visit the Project READ offices on the second floor of the Downtown Library, or call (650) 780-7077 for more information.
Of course, in addition to homework-specific services, the Library provides access to countless reference books, magazines and newspapers, and online databases on every subject under the sun. And all Library staff are always happy to offer general assistance with homework or research inquiries. Visit or stop by to pay us a visit today to learn more. We look forward to seeing you at the Library!
The Solar Eclipse is coming!
The Library has 1,000 (not the originally stated 10,000) solar eclipse viewing glasses and we want to share them with you. Stop by any Redwood City Public Library Branch on or after July 31st to pick up a free pair of glasses provided by STAR_Net. First come, first serve. 
Join us for the astronomical event of the century!
On August 21st beginning at 8:30 am, we will have an eclipse viewing party on the Downtown Library lawn. The partial eclipse is expected from 9:01am - 11:37am with maximum viewing at around 10:15am. See you (partially) then.
eMagazines - Same great magazines, new name

Zinio for Libraries, our digital magazine service, has re-branded as  RBdigital Magazines. The look of the website has changed slightly, but you still have access to the same digital magazine collection. A new RBdigital App titled, One Click Digital, is available to view your magazine collection. We encourage you to upgrade to the Android or Apple One Click Digital app. Your user name and password for Zinio is the same for the website and One Click Digital App.

New to eMagazines? Try them out! We have some great titles like The Economist, Cooks Illustrated, and Cosmopolitan.
Upcoming Library Program Highlights

Take the Summer Learning Challenge!
All Redwood City Libraries

Sign up  online or at any Redwood City Library . Special programs and weekly drawings for museum tickets and other events all summer long!   Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Take the Summer Learning Challenge

Build-a-Comic Anthology - Open Call for Submissions Through Sunday, August 20th

See your comics in print! The Redwood City Public Library is accepting submissions of comics to include in an anthology.  Submission Guidelines.
Build a Comic Workshop Series

Curious Scientists
Sundays July 30, August 6 & 13 at 1:00pm
Downtown Library

For grades 3-5. Come explore our tinker labs and have fun learning about physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics!  Sponsored by Julia Robinson Math Festival and the Friends of the Library
Curious Scientists

Happy Birds!
Tuesday August 1 at 4:00pm - Schaberg Branch
Tuesday August 1 at 6:30pm - Downtown Library
Wednesday August 2 at 4:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Wednesday August 2 at 6:30pm - Redwood Shores Branch

Performing parrots!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Summer Learning Challenge Performers

Extraordinary Storyteller Kirk Waller
Tuesday August 8 at 4:00pm - Schaberg Branch
Tuesday August 8 at 6:30pm - Downtown Library
Wednesday August 9 at 4:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Wednesday August 9 at 6:30pm - Redwood Shores Branch

Musical, magical storytelling!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Summer Learning Challenge Performers

Edible Native Plants and Their Healthful Benefits
Wednesday August 9 at 6:30pm
Downtown Library - Community Room

A CNPS Talk by Sherri Osaka presented by the Santa Clara County Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Learn about this intriguing subject and which native species you can plant and eat.  Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Library
Native Gardening Talks

This Distracted Globe - with Artistic Director Rebecca J. Ennals and Members of the Hamlet Cast
Thursday August 10 at 6:30pm
Downtown Library - Fireplace Room

A lively conversation about SF Shakes' 35th Anniversary production and how Hamlet remains as relevant now as it was 400 years ago.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
RCPL Author Series 2017

Teen Program: Personal Statement and College Application Workshop with Alice Kleeman
Wednesday August 30 at 6:00pm
Downtown Library - Teen Digital Lab

This interactive workshop and information session is open to all CURRENT high school seniors. Bring your questions and concerns about answering college essay questions and writing your personal statement.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Personal Statemant & College Application Essay Workshop
About Us

The Redwood City Public Library inspires learning through innovative and visionary programming and services-literacy programs, support for school success, access to technology, safe, inviting spaces for youth and families, and gathering places that connect the members of the community with a love of reading and learning.

Libraries should be considered "indoor parks" with many learning, cultural, and recreational activities for all ages, incomes, and cultures, and a primary way of helping to build community by promoting community participation and volunteerism. 

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