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Archived News Release from 2005

For Immediate Release

Harry Potter Extravaganza at the Redwood City Public Library

Redwood City, CA - July 11, 2005 - The Redwood City Public Library is offering the community a fresh way to celebrate the latest release in the Harry Potter series Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The Harry Potter Book Release Extravaganza takes place at the Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road on Friday, July 15th starting at 9 pm and going into the early hours of the next morning when the book is officially released.

The Friday night party includes a showing of one of the Harry Potter movies, a free “raffle”, and other activities related to the Harry Potter theme--all leading up to midnight when 200 copies of the new book will be available for check-out and 20 copies of the book will be given away to lucky raffle winners. All participants receive a free raffle ticket; children in costume will be given an extra ticket. The party requires pre-registration and all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information or to register contact the library at 780-7017.

The Harry Potter extravaganza is just one of the many free programs offered at the Redwood City Public Library during the summer. The Summer Reading program, “Super Readers, Super Heroes—I Got the Power,” is open to people of all ages and includes prizes based on the number of hours participants spend reading or listening. Children not yet able to read can join the Summer Listening Club. Parents are encouraged to join the Summer Parents Club and become eligible for prizes for reading out loud to their children or reading to themselves in the presence of their children. The Summer Reading program is designed to help kids keep up their reading skills over the summer and to encourage families to read together.

Participants may sign up until September 3rd at the Downtown Library, the Fair Oaks Library, or the Schaberg Library, when it reopens. All those registering receive a log book to track their activities. Prizes include a free round of miniature golf at Malibu Castle, two admissions for the price of one at Redwood Roller Rink, a free personal pizza from Round Table Pizza, and a free paperback courtesy of the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library, and more. Teens who read four books also earn a $10 gift certificate to the Century Theaters.

The Friends of the Redwood City Public Library sponsor free performances to enhance and promote the Summer Reading program every Wednesday beginning June 22nd through the end of July. Each program is repeated three times, once at each of the three Redwood City libraries on the following schedule:

  • June 22 Swazzle - puppet show;
  • June 29 Juan Sanchez - Latin music;
  • July 6 Amy Wigton - funny acoustic music;
  • July 13 Ashkenazi, the Pretty Good – magician;
  • July 20 The Keith Show – juggling; and
  • July 27 Nick Barone Puppets - puppet show.

Please check with the libraries for times and locations.

Weekly storytimes for children from infancy and up continue through July. Teens are invited to become volunteers for the Library, learn to knit, or teach chess to younger children.

The Redwood City Public Library offers many free programs for children, adults, and families, and is the learning center of the community. More information about these children’s events and services can be found in the events calendars available at all Redwood City public libraries, by visiting the Library’s web page at www.redwoodcity.org/library, or by calling 780-7017. Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.

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Contacts:
Celia LaRiviere
Redwood City Public Library
(650) 780-7045

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