Redwood City Public Library
   February 2017

We Can Help with Those Resolutions
"Library Matters" - Reprinted from T he Spectrum Magazine
by Derek Wolfgram, Library Director, Redwood City Public Library
With the beginning of a new year upon us, it's time to think about new year's resolutions. Whatever you have in mind for self-improvement in the year ahead, Redwood City Public Library is available to provide you the information and assistance you need. 
Following are the top four resolutions people made for 2016, according to Nielsen Research, along with ways the Library can help you achieve your goals.

yoga-class.jpg1. Staying Fit/Healthy
The Library offers a wide selection of books on various exercise plans, as well as workout or yoga DVDs to let you try something new for free. For your trips to the gym or neighborhood jogs, the Library's new online streaming service Hoopla provides movies and TV shows you can watch, as well as music or audio books you can listen to, making that workout time fly by.
vegetables_basket.jpg 2. Losing Weight
Whether you're looking to go plant-based, grain free, or Paleo; go through a detox regimen; or try out the bone broth diet, the Library has books, including eBooks, you can use to help select a plan and carry it forward. We also have a great collection of cookbooks, and in 2017 we will be debuting La Cocina, our bicycle-powered, mobile kitchen trailer that will provide healthy cooking demonstrations all around Redwood City.

money_piggybank_money.jpg3. Spend Less, Save More
Every single day of the year, the Library hosts educational, recreational, and cultural programs for all ages, and they're all completely free (thanks to generous sponsorship by the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library and the Redwood City Library Foundation). From Kindergarten Boot Camp to concerts in the fireplace room, from creative crafts to holiday celebrations to individual technology coaching, you can learn and have fun year round. Free and discounted museum passes are also available for over 50 Bay Area destinations through the Discover & Go program, accessible online with your library card.
woman_reading.jpg 4. Enjoy life to the fullest
Taking time to unplug and read a book (or staying plugged in and reading an eMagazine or an eBook) can be a great way to escape life's stresses for a few hours. If you want to expand your horizons and learn a new language, you can visit the Library's website and use your card to log into Pronunciator, an online language learning tool with 80 different languages to choose from, all available 24/7 from the comfort of your home, office, or even mobile phone. If you're looking for a place to volunteer to read stories to preschoolers or provide tutoring for students or adults, you can enjoy the rewards of giving back through your library. Whatever you want to learn about, we're here to help.

Wishing you a very happy new year and all the best in making those resolutions a reality! 
The Spectrum Magazine 

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Upcoming Library Program Highlights

Books & Ballet
Thursdays in February at 1:00pm
Downtown Library

 A combination of storytime and a pre-ballet class for ages 3-5. Each child will receive a tutu to wear in class. Sign up at the Children's Desk.
Books and Ballet at Redwood City Public Library

New! Tween Book Club for 7th & 8th Graders
Tuesdays at 6:00pm
Downtown Library  - 2nd Floor Teen Center

 We meet each Tuesday evening for a new book each month (which you get to keep!). Contact Teen Librarian,  Michelle Clark at  to learn more . Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tween Book Club

5th & 6th Grade Book Club
Wednesdays (except 2/22) at 7:15pm
Downtown Library

Books will be provided along with weekly chats and fun activities. Sign up at the Children's Desk.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Book Club for Kids at Redwood City Public Library

Drop In Computer Help
Free Computer Help

Muriel Johnson, Expert Storyteller
Monday February 6 at 6:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Tuesday February 7 at 6:30pm - Redwood Shores
Wednesday February 8 at 11:00am - Schaberg Branch
Thursday February 16 at 7:00pm - Downtown Library

Join expert storyteller Muriel Johnson as she breathes new life into ancient African tales.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Black History Month

African Drumming with Hope Izabelle
Wednesday February 8 at 4:00pm - Fair Oaks Branch
Saturday February 11 at 11:00am - Downtown Library
Wednesday February 15 at 4:00pm - Schaberg Branch
Saturday February 18 at 11:00am - Redwood Shores Branch

Explore the history of African percussion in America during this interactive and fun permformance.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Black History Month

Lawyers in the Library
Civil & Landlord/Tenant Law
Thursday February 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

Tai Chi for Balance with Joan Tay
Thursday February 16 at 10:30am
Downtown Library - Community Room

 Join us for a morning of movement and breathing. Learn to improve your balance.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tai Chi for Balance
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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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