Redwood City Public Library
 April 2017
Library Expands Community Connections With Grant-Funded Projects
"Library Matters" - Reprinted from The Spectrum Magazine by Derek Wolfgram, Library Director, Redwood City Public Library
In the fall of 2016, Redwood City Public Library received five grants from the California State Library totaling $80,000 to implement innovative new services to expand our connections to the community. This spring, all of the projects are moving full speed ahead, and we're excited to invite you to experience them all.
Pedal-Lit is a bicycle-pulled book trailer customized with an irresistibly adorable flower design to plant the seeds of literacy for kids at risk through bilingual storytimes and enrichment programs for kids of all ages, along with their parents and caregivers. La Cocina de Libros is a new mobile kitchen demonstration unit that will draw residents to the joys of simple cooking techniques and healthy eating. La Cocina will bring cooking demos, gardening workshops, nutrition information, and related book talks with community-based cooks using a mobile kitchen and a hands-on curriculum.
Both Pedal Lit and La Cocina will visit schools, rec centers, clinics, local events, and partner programs, including Familias Unidas and the America Scores soccer/poetry/service programs at local schools. You can also see them at the STEAM Fest on Courthouse Square on April 29, the Kermes festival at Fair Oaks Library on April 30, and the 150th Festival and Flower Extravaganza on May 20 at Courthouse Square.
Meet Your Neighbors hopes to connect new Redwood City residents with the community, each other, and of course the Library. In March, the Library held a very successful "Speed Meet Your Neighbors" program (like speed dating, but to make friends instead of love connections), and the Downtown Library Community Room was packed for "Meet Your Chefs," featuring samples and discussions with the chefs from LV Mar/La Viga, Arya Steakhouse, Timber & Salt, and Donato Enoteca/Cru. Upcoming events include " Meet Your City Advocates" on April 8 and " Meet Your Librarians" on April 22.

As part of the City's Sesquicentennial celebration, Redwood City Now and Then provides opportunities for community members to share old family photos, receive digital copies, and learn how to use online tools. Through workshops to scan photos and talk about the stories behind them, the Library hopes to create opportunities for teens and seniors to learn from each other while sharing Redwood City history. Upcoming workshops will be held at both the Downtown Library (3rd Saturdays at 10 am) and the Veterans Memorial Senior Center (4th Fridays at 10 am), and will teach attendees about Snapchat (April), creating slideshows using iMovie (May), and basics of landscape photography (June).

Build A Comic will include a number of events in the week leading up to a big celebration of Free Comic Book Day on May 6, and will feature a series of workshops for aspiring graphic novel authors and illustrators in June, including writing, using graphics software, collaboration between writers and artists, and the publishing industry.

Science and Nature Programs will be held at all three branch libraries the week of April 10-14, and will include STEM activities on topics as broad as chemistry, natural resource conservation, technology (including 3D printing workshops), gardening, and a field trip to the Recology-Shoreway Environmental Center.

For more information about these projects and everything else happening at the Library, visit us online at
Upcoming Library Program Highlights

X-STrEAM Thursdays
Thursdays at 6:30pm
Downtown Library - Family Place

Learn about different subjects using Science, Technology, Reading,  Engineering, Art and Mathematics. This month's theme is Environment!  For kids in grades 3-5.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
X-STrEAM Thursdays

FUSE Theatre: Poetry in Motion
Wednesday April 5 at 4:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Saturday April 8 at 11:00am - Downtown Library
Wednesday April 12 at 4:00pm - Schaberg Branch
Saturday April 15 at 11:00am - Redwood Shores Branch

A children's theatre workshop celebrating courage through poetry and performance. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Poetry in Motion

Poetry Reading with Tina Gibson
Saturday April 8 at 11:00am
Downtown Library - Teen Center

Celebrate National Poetry Month with local author and poet Tina Gibson.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tina Gibson Poetry Reading

Lawyers in the Library -  Estate Planning
Thursday April 13 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

Meditation and the Brain
Thursday April 20 at 7:15pm
Downtown Library - Community Room

Explore the psychological and traditional view of the benefits of meditation with Dr. Manish Saggar, Asst Professor at Stanford University.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Meditation and the Brain

Dance with Miss Leslie
Monday April 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
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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