Library Responds to Community Input with New Service Priorities
Redwood City Public Library's strategic plan, which aligns very closely with the City Council's strategic goals, was completed at the end of 2016, and the Library's staff has been very busy in the development of a new set of service priorities for 2017 and beyond.
Over the last six months of 2016, the Library held sixteen community conversations as part of an initiative called RCPL Listens. These sessions were attended by over 200 residents of Redwood City and North Fair Oaks. Utilizing the Harwood Institute's community engagement model, the conversations focused on people's aspirations for the kind of community they would like Redwood City to be, with an additional focus on how the Library could help meet those aspirations. Conversations were held at libraries, community centers, service group meetings, school and college campuses, the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, and Peninsula Covenant Church.
Attendees ranged in age from middle school students to seniors, represented a spectrum from heavily engaged library volunteers to people who never use libraries; and included residents of neighborhoods throughout Redwood City, including Redwood Shores and North Fair Oaks. One session was conducted bilingually in English and Spanish, and another conversation was conducted entirely in Spanish.
The following five community aspirations form the basis for our new service priorities. To see more detail about the specific programs and activities aligned with each aspiration, which we hope will help cultivate an even better community in Redwood City, please visit our
Service Priorities page
- Aspiration 1: Redwood City is welcoming and inclusive, celebrates the diversity of our population, and enjoys a friendly, neighborly community spirit.
- Aspiration 2: Redwood City provides opportunities for community members of all income levels.
- Aspiration 3: Residents have more awareness of existing programs and services.
- Aspiration 4: Redwood City is a safe place for children and families.
- Aspiration 5: All Redwood City children have access to quality educational opportunities.
Are you new to Redwood City?
We'd like to welcome you!
Our City is growing by leaps and bounds, not only in numbers of residents, but also in restaurants, businesses, events, and services. The Library is hosting a number of events this spring to introduce you to some of the people and services of Redwood City.
Speed Meet Your Neighbors
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Downtown Library Community Room
Looking to meet new people? Join us for a casual, fun get-together to do just that! We'll set you up to spend 3 minutes talking with as many of your neighbors as we can in the time allotted. Come with an open mind and leave with a new friend or two.
Meet Your Chef
Saturday, March 18, 2:00 p.m.
Downtown Library Community Room
For more programs, visit our
Meet Your Neighbors page
Looking for your next book to read?
We've got you covered! When you fill out our Next Read form, we'll send you a custom list of five books within one week. Librarians to the rescue!
For your personalized book list, visit our Next Read page.
We are always creating book lists - to see them all in one place, go to our Staff Picks page.