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Friends of the Redwood City Public Library

Friends of the Redwood City
Public Library

Latest Updates:
Fall/Winter, 2012 Newsletter
Become a Member Today
Friends' Bookstore Update
Program Update - Brainfuse
Visit the Friends' Storefront
Volunteer Opportunity: Sell Books at the Redwood City Farmers' Market

Other news:

The Friends of the Redwood City Public Library
It's a non-profit, volunteer organization made up of people like YOU who are committed to furthering the excellence of the Redwood City Public Library! We raise funds solely to benefit Redwood City's four libraries, and we make significant gifts to expand Library collections, programs, and services.

The Mission of the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library is:

...Aid the library in maintaining a well-balanced collection of fiction, non-fiction, audio and visual materials at the main library and its branches; to sponsor certain programs, either educational or entertaining, that will benefit the entire community.

Update on the Current Fiscal Year
This fiscal year, the Friends have already committed over $71,000 to fund a wide variety of programs! These include film, music and book series for adults, children and young adult programs, Family Author Nights for Redwood City's elementary schools, summer reading programs, Traveling Storytime, and Live Homework Help for students of all ages.

Click here for specifics on how the Friends are helping to fund great community programs of the Redwood City Public Library.

Fundraising Activities
To generate funds to support Library programs and events, we sell donated books from our bookstore located in the lobby of the Downtown Library. The bookstore's collection includes an extremely wide variety of books, from brand new bestsellers to every category of non-fiction, from how-to and cook books to paperbacks, to loads of kid's books. Book prices at the Friends Bookstore very low AND we always have two sales carts in front of the store with extra special bargains. Many customers visit us from surrounding cities because our book quality and prices are the best!. Please stop by and say 'Hi' to the volunteer working in the store, take a look around, and pick up a few great books for pennies on the dollar!.

Also, you can visit the Friends booth each Saturday morning at the Kiwanis Redwood City Farmers Market (April through November at Winslow and Middlefield), where we sell a variety of books for just 50¢ each.

Most importantly, we raise money from people who join the Friends of the Library to show ongoing support and appreciation for our City's four libraries.

Bookstore Update - November, 2012
Our annual Holiday Feature is happening now in the bookstore at the Downtown Library!

The cupboard counter is decorated and filled with a wide ranging collection of holiday-themed books, cook books, children’s books and books for gifting.

PLUS, the adjacent little bookcase is filled with Christmas-themed fiction. We added a small cart next to the desk filled with books new or like new that will make excellent gifts. And that is not all – one of the two sale carts is filled with multi-volume sets and other nice gifting items.

We save our holiday books all year long and many items are brand new. Make the Friends’ bookstore your first stop for holiday shopping. You will find many treasures and amazing bargains and you’ll be funding the library.

Thank you to Lee Blake for all her hard work in setting up this feature sale – it’s lovely.

Attached to this email is our Fall 2012 Newsletter. Please take a few minutes to read it. It contains information about Friends as well as a nice article by librarian, Roz Kutler, who outlines two new library programs, Discover & Go (free museum access) and Link+ (statewide book access).

Don't forget to visit our booth at Farmer's Market downtown every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to Noon through the end of November. Despite the construction, the Farmer’s Market is still there!

See you at the library! Cheers!

Program Update
One of the incredible programs the Friends sponsor is Brainfuse, a FREE online tutoring service for learners of all ages – all that’s needed is a Redwood City library card. When students are struggling with homework or papers, Brainfuse is there to help. This tutoring receives wonderful reviews from those who have used it. Its focus is on students, but Brainfuse also offers adult learning resources.

Your Support of the Friends Benefits the Library and the Community
Become a member - click here to learn how to become a Member of the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library. Membership starts at only $10 for an individual. When you join the Friends, you'll be showing your support for the Library, and for everything its librarians, library workers, volunteers, and pages do to help ensure you always have a wonderful Library experience.

Donate books - if you would like to donate your gently used library materials, we accept donations of hard cover and soft cover books, DVDs, and CDs (we do not accept magazine, newspapers, encyclopedias, text books more than five years old, or anything that is soiled, torn, or has been in storage). The donations bin is situated inside the Downtown Library's entrance; for large donations, come to the library's back door for assistance.

Volunteer - The Friends also volunteer for many Library support services. Call 650-780-7050 to get more information about volunteer opportunities.

Sell Books at the Redwood City Farmers' Market
The Redwood City Public Library's Friends operates a booth at the Redwood City Farmers Market that runs Saturdays, April - November in downtown Redwood City. We sell books for 50 cents each, and proceeds fund library programs. The Market operates from 8 a.m. to Noon. We need volunteers to work either 8-10 or 10-12. It is a very fun way to meet people in the community and to buy some produce too!
You need to be able to make change.
Lee Blake,

The Friends' storefront offers an incredible variety of high quality, gently used, hand-picked books and media, great for gifts or your personal use. These are the "best of the best" from the Friends of the Redwood City Library! Visit the storefront at

For more information about the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library, please contact Mary Scavarda via email to



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