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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 or call 780-7026.

Visit Redwood City's main website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.

Contacts: Celia LaRiviere
Resource Development Supervisor


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