Redwood City Public Library
    June 2017
Summer Learning at the Library:
Really Fun, but also Really Important!

"Library Matters" - Reprinted from The Spectrum Magazine
by Derek Wolfgram, Library Director, Redwood City Public Library

Over the last few years, Redwood City Public Library's beloved Summer Reading Program has grown and expanded into the Summer Learning Challenge. While reading is still an absolutely critical component of the Challenge, we have expanded the focus to incorporate all kinds of learning activities to help combat the summer slide.

The National Summer Learning Association has documented that children, especially from low income families, can experience losses in academic growth over the summer. However, with participation in fun and engaging summer learning activities like those offered by the Library and Redwood City School District, kids can even experience academic growth during summer break instead of losing ground.

The 2017 Summer Learning Challenge begins on June 1, and kids of all ages can sign up at any Redwood City Public Library location (Downtown, Fair Oaks, Redwood Shores, or Schaberg) or through the Library website. All four libraries have weekly events all summer long, including music (Dave the Horn Guy, Jo s é Luis Orozco, and the percussion and dance of Onye), animals (Wild Things, Falconer Kenny Ervin, and Happy Birds performing parrots), bubble magic, illusions, storytelling, and more! Check the online events calendar  on the website for details.
But that's not all! Other special events will include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities like Curious Scientists, Library Coding Club, Creative Crafts, shadow puppets with FUSE Theater, and a solar eclipse viewing on August 21. Finally, the summer will come to a close with a circus-themed extravaganza at the Downtown Library on August 26 featuring crafts, face painting, popcorn, jugglers, and a special appearance by a character known only as Derek the Ringleader.
All of these fabulous programs are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Redwood City Public Library, who have sponsored Summer Reading/Summer Learning activities for many, many years.

Last summer, over 14,000 children from Redwood City and North Fair Oaks participated in the Summer Learning Challenge at Redwood City Public Library, which is extraordinary. However, we're not content with that number - our goal over the next few years is to get up to 50% of the kids 0-14 in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks to enjoy the benefits of the program. That would require about 20,000 kids to sign up. So tell your friends, family, kids, grandkids, great grandkids, school connections, members of your church: the Library looks forward to seeing everyone during the 2017 Summer Learning Challenge!

Over the last couple of summers, Redwood City Public Library has also hosted a Big Lift Inspiring Summers camp at the Fair Oaks Library. This year, the camp is being delivered by the Redwood City School District, although Redwood City Public Library staff will still play a role in developing enrichment activities and helping kids enjoy the learning experiences of the camp. This summer's camp will be held at Roosevelt School starting June 19, and is open to students entering kindergarten in the fall. Visit for more information or to sign up.

Upcoming Library Program Highlights

Take the Summer Learning Challenge!
All Redwood City Libraries

Sign-ups begin June 1st 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 Workshop Series
Begins Thursday June 1st
Downtown Library - Community Room

Learn the fundamentals of comic book building! This six-program series includes workshops on comic writing, drawing, and collaboration. Join us for one day or all - it's up to you!  Register online.
Build a Comic Workshop Series

Lawyers in the Library - Immigration Law
Thursday June 8 at 7:00pm
Downtown Library - Small Conference Room

Free consultation with a volunteer lawyer.
To register, please call 650.780.7058 or email
Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Library
Lawyers in the Library

Wild Things, Inc.
Tuesday June 13 at 4:00pm - Schaberg Branch
Tuesday June 13 at 6:30pm - Downtown Library
Wednesday June 14 at 4:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Wednesday June 14 at 6:30pm - Redwood Shores Branch

Come and see live wild animals at the Library!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Wild Things, Inc.

Tai Chi for Balance
Thursday June 15 at 10:30am
Downtown Library - Community Room

Join master-level instructor Joan Tay for a morning of movement and breathing. Learn to improve your balance.   Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tai Chi for Balance

Redwood City Now & Then Technology Workshop: Landscape Photography Basics
Landscape Photography Basics

José-Luis Orozco - Bilingual Music!
Tuesday June 20 at 4:00pm - Schaberg Branch
Tuesday June 20 at 6:30pm - Downtown Library
Wednesday June 21 at 4:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Wednesday June 21 at 6:30pm - Redwood Shores Branch

Music that will make kids sing, dance, laugh and clap!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Jose-Luis Orozco

Dance with Miss Leslie
Monday June 26 at 1:00pm
Downtown Library - Community Room

Kids can listen to dance stories and move with the music while exploring creative movement and pre-ballet steps. Please wear comfortable clothing and socks.
Dance with Miss Leslie

Dave the Horn Guy
Tuesday June 27 at 4:00pm - Schaberg Branch
Tuesday June 27 at 6:30pm - Downtown Library
Wednesday June 28 at 4:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Wednesday June 28 at 6:30pm - Redwood Shores Branch

Get ready to HONK with Dave the Horn Guy!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Dave the Horn Guy
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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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