Archived News Release from 2003
For Immediate Release
A Tale for All Ages at Redwood
City Public Library's Kick-Off Program
Redwood City, CA - September 17, 2003
- Fall is in the air, the children are back
to school, and the Redwood City Public Library is inviting
the community "back to the Library." Its first program
of the fall season is a free performance of "The Wonderful
Story of Zaal," on Wednesday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m.
in the community room of the Main Library, 1044 Middlefield
Road. The Friends of the Library bring back the ever-popular
theatrical troupe, Word for Word in a re-enactment of a traditional
Persian tale appropriate for all ages.
Word for Word is a San Francisco-based professional theater
company that stages short stories or portions of books, performing
every word the author has written. Their goal is to "excite
children and adults about the written word, to inspire them
to read more and to share the world's diverse cultures and
stories". They bring "literature to its feet,"
combining written, spoken, and physical action to make the
stories come alive. More than 20,000 people a year attend
their public performances in the Bay Area.
"The Story of Zaal," an ancient Persian legend
retold by M. and N. Batmangli, features a baby banished by
his father because of his unusual white hair. The child is
rescued from death by a magical bird and grows up in the bird's
castle, high on a magic mountain.
Also in September, the book group meets on Thursday, September
18 at noon to discuss Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
The book group is free and all are invited to come and discuss
the classic, set in the deep South of the 1930's.
Redwood City Public Library is located at 1044 Middlefield
Road and offers many free programs for children and adults,
helping the community to "understand the past, prepare
for the future, and thrive in the present." For more
information about this and other library events and services
you may access the library's home page at www.redwoodcity.org/library
or call 780-7026.
Visit Redwood City's main website at www.redwoodcity.org
for information about the City and its services, the community,
recreation programs, education, City government, and local
Contacts: Celia LaRiviere
Resource Development Supervisor