Redwood City Public Library
    May 2017
Volunteers Make All the Difference
"Library Matters" - Reprinted from The Spectrum Magazine by Derek Wolfgram, Library Director, Redwood City Public Library

As the celebration of National Volunteer Week 2017 wraps up on April 29, the Library will hold a recognition event to celebrate the many diverse contributions of our amazing volunteers. Did you know that last year, volunteers contributed over 123,000 hours of time to the Redwood City Public Library? That's actually more paid hours than the entire staff of the Library! But even with this incredible level of community engagement with library activities, we're always in need of more individuals to contribute to make a difference in our community.

One of the most rewarding of all volunteer options is the chance to serve as a Project READ tutor for Project READ to help adults, youth, and families in our community meet their individual goals in learning to improve their reading and writing skills. Volunteers can choose to work one on one with an adult learner or a school-aged child, or with small groups of learners. There are even volunteer opportunities for high school-aged teens to provide mentoring and tutoring to younger students. All tutors are provided with 15 hours of tutor training before being matched with a learner, and the next tutor training series begins on May 16. Call (650) 780-7077 or email for more information. We have hundreds of waitlisted learners just waiting for a volunteer tutor like you!

Another very popular and very critical volunteer activity is reading books to children as part of the Traveling Storytime program. Volunteer readers visit about 50 local preschools and day cares weekly. The Library provides training and all the books, puppets, and flannel board stories you need - your voice and your time is all that is needed to make a difference for our youngest community members.

Volunteer opportunities with Library support groups abound. The Friends of Redwood City Public Library always need assistance managing book donations, or working shifts selling books either in the bookstore space located in the lobby of the Downtown Library or at the Redwood City Farmers' Market. If you like event planning or promotion, the new Auxiliary of the Redwood City Library Foundation could use your help organizing fundraising activities such as STEAM Fest 2.0 on April 29 at Courthouse Square or the upcoming Wild Wild West fundraiser on May 13.

The Library has many other ways to get involved: providing assistance with children's homework help at all four library locations; serving as a personal technology coach to help teach classes or offer one on one assistance to individuals learning how to use computers, eReaders, or mobile devices; searching the shelves for items placed on hold; delivering books to residents who are homebound;or helping with special projects in our IT department. To learn more about any of these options, please visit or email

Comics Come to Redwood City Public Library

In honor of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, we will be celebrating with events all week long!

Local Artist Showcase feat. National Press Comics (NPC)
Monday, May 1 | 6:30pm-9:00pm | Downtown Library Community Room
Stop by to check out the diverse creations from the artists of NPC & your community. There will be artist meet & greets plus interviews! 

Comic Drawing with Aya
Tuesday, May 2 | 5:30pm-7:00pm | Downtown Library Community Room
For children in grades 2 and up. get ready for Free Comic Book Day by learning the basics of comic book drawing!

Teen Gaming Tournament
Wednesday, May 3 | 4:00pm-8:00pm | Downtown Library Community Room
Join us for a teen gaming tournament - winners get prizes!

All-Ages Movie Night
Thursday, May 4 | 6:00pm-8:00pm | Downtown Library Community Room
Enjoy Free popcorn, crafts, and Big Hero 6!

Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 6 | 11:00am-5:00pm | Downtown Library
For adults/teens: FREE comics, adult gaming, and MORE taking place in the Community Room! The movie showing will feature Dr. Strange 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Adult gaming tournament will feature Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on Xbox 1:30 - 5:00 pm.
For kids: 12:00pm-3:00pm - FREE comics, superhero activities, games, crafts & more!

Programs sponsored by the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library
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. May's theme is Nature/Growing! For kids in grades 3-5.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
X-STrEAM Thursdays

Fantastic Trash!
Wednesday May 10 at 4:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Saturday May 20 at 12:30pm - Redwood Shores Branch
Saturday May 20 at 3:00pm - Downtown Library

See how fantastic your recycled materials and discarded household items can be at this workshop. Take home your fantastic creation. All materials provided.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Fantastic Trash

Lawyers in the Library -
Employment Law / Job Discrimination
Thursday May 11 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

Community Health Talk: Trends in Nutrition
Thursday May 18 at 12:00pm
Downtown Library - Community Room

Come get the scoop on hot topics in nutrition.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Community Health Talk

Dance with Miss Leslie
Monday May 22 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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