Redwood City Public Library
    July 2017
 
RCPL Partner Spotlight: Familias Unidas
"Library Matters" - Reprinted from The Spectrum Magazine
by Derek Wolfgram, Library Director, Redwood City Public Library

In addition to the collections, services, and programs provided through the four library locations that make up the Redwood City Public Library, the Library has a proud tradition of engaging with our community outside the walls of Library buildings. To highlight the importance and benefits of many successful Library partnerships, we will occasionally highlight community partners in this column.

Familias Unidas was founded in 2006 by a dynamic duo of educators, who also happen to be a husband and wife team: Secundino and Ninfa Zuno. Their vision was to provide an opportunity for parent engagement in their children's education by giving families the opportunity to learn together, and by teaching immigrant parents how to navigate the potentially unfamiliar bureaucracy of the school system to help them effectively advocate for their children.

The Familias Unidas curriculum includes a nine-week series of evening courses offered each semester at four Redwood City School District elementary schools: Fair Oaks, Garfield, Hawes, and Hoover. Redwood City Public Library provides the financial support for the programs at Hawes and Hoover, in addition to participating in the instructional component of the program at all four schools.

Of course, one essential tool to help children succeed in school and to help parents keep themselves informed is a library card, and library staff visit the program to describe the collections available for checkout, the online resources on the Library website, and the many numerous early literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) programs available at libraries.

This year, a new addition to the Library's contribution was La Cocina, a mobile demonstration kitchen that allows Library staff to partner with a local chef to provide food and nutrition programs and healthy cooking demonstrations. This new element of the partnership was so successful that Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital decided to provide support for more collaboration between the Library and Familias Unidas programs in the year ahead.
With parents and children working together on reading, math, science, and technology skills; as well as soft skills like proper study habits, emotional resiliency, and effective communication with teachers; and a focus on healthy practices related to food and nutrition, they learn how to take a balanced approach regarding the interrelationships between academic success and other elements of a healthy life.

Familias Unidas and Redwood City Public Library share the goal that every child in our community should have the opportunity to attend a university. As children from the over 600 families that have participated in Familias Unidas have grown up, success stories are starting to accumulate as families realize the benefit of approaching lifelong learning together as a family.

For more information about Familias Unidas, please visit: www.unitedthrougheducation.org
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 Workshop Series
Thursday June 29, Saturday July 8 & Thursday July 13
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

Sterling the Bubblesmith
Wednesday July 5 at 4:00pm - Schaberg Branch
Wednesday July 5 at 6:30pm - Downtown Library
Thursday July 6 at 4:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Thursday July 6 at 6:30pm - Redwood Shores Branch

Bubble magic!
 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Summer Learning Challenge Performers

Falconer Kenny Elvin
Tuesday July 11 at 4:00pm - Schaberg Branch
Tuesday July 11 at 6:30pm - Downtown Library
Wednesday July 12 at 4:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Wednesday July 12 at 6:30pm - Redwood Shores Branch

Live working falcons!
 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Summer Learning Challenge Performers

Dame la Mano / Hand in Hand
Monday July 17 at 4:00pm
Downtown Library - Community Room

A bilingual storytime with music, art, and movement for children ages 18 mos-3 yrs with speech delay, autism and other special needs. Parents will participate and all children will be welcomed.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Dame la Mano

Onye!
Tuesday July 18 at 4:00pm - Schaberg Branch
Tuesday July 18 at 6:30pm - Downtown Library
Wednesday July 19 at 4:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Wednesday July 19 at 6:30pm - Redwood Shores Branch

Drumming and dancing!
 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Summer Learning Challenge Performers


Tai Chi for Balance
Thursday July 20 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

Dance with Miss Leslie
Monday July 24 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

Illusionist Jack Alexander
Tuesday July 25 at 4:00pm - Schaberg Branch
Tuesday July 25 at 6:30pm - Downtown Library
Wednesday July 26 at 4:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Wednesday July 26 at 6:30pm - Redwood Shores Branch

Drumming and dancing!
 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Summer Learning Challenge Performers

Native Gardening Under Mature Trees
Thursday July 27 at 7:00pm
Downtown Library - Community Room

A CNPS Talk by Frank Niccoli presented by the Santa Clara County Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Learn strategies for dealing with water, sun, soil and leaf litter.  Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Library
Native Gardening Talks
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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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