Redwood City Public Library
   March 2017

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 Chefs
Saturday, March 18, 2:00 p.m.
Downtown Library Community Room
The food scene in town is booming! Some of our best chefs will dish on their trade secrets.  Come meet some of Redwood City's best chefs from Arya Steakhouse , Donato Enoteca and Cru , LV Mar and La Viga , and Timber & Salt .
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.
Upcoming Library Program Highlights

Job Lab - Help with Your Job Search
Tuesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm
Downtown Library - 2nd Floor - Teen Center

One-on-one career assistance for your job search including resume, cover letter and career change. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Job Lab at the Downtown Library

The "Back to Bach" Project: Kids for Classical
Wednesday March 8 at 4:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Sunday March 12 at 1:00pm - Downtown Library
Wednesday March 15 at 4:00pm - Schaberg Branch
Sunday March 19 at 1:00pm - Redwood Shores Branch

Your little ones will be inspired by teens performing classical music pieces. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
The Back to Bach Project

Lawyers in the Library -  Immigration Law
Thursday March 9 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

Children's Author Irene Vasco
Thursday March 23 at 6:30pm
Downtown Library

Redwood City Public Library presents Children's Author Irene Vasco. Her book, Letras al Carbon is a story about the value of reading and learning.  Sponsored in part by Lectorum Publications
Letras al Carbon

Twelfth Night with San Francisco Shakespeare
Saturday March 25 at 2:00pm
Downtown Library - Community Room

 A family-friendly live performance in 55 minutes!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Twelfth Night with SF Shakespeare

Dance with Miss Leslie
Monday March 27 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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