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Archived News Release from 2006

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Redwood City Public Library Celebrates Completion of Children’s Room Renovations

Redwood City, CA - October 31 , 2006 - The renovation of the Children’s Room of the Redwood City’s Downtown Library is finished, and the community is invited to join the grand reopening on Saturday, November 4, 2006 from 10:15 am to 3:00 pm!

Festive events for children and families will take place throughout the day, along with refreshments and tours:

  • 10:15 am: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • 10:15 am – noon: Author/illustrator Gianna Marino offers autographed copies of her art and her book Zoopa: an Animal Alphabet - funds from the art sale benefit the Library’s Traveling Storytime program;
  • 10:15 am – noon: Art in Action - engages children in an art project based on the art of Gianna Marino. In the Program Room.
  • 11:00 am:The Reptile Lady - a fascinating presentation with real snakes and reptiles that is guaranteed to entertain all ages. In the Community Room.
  • Noon- 2:00 pm. Lisa Atkinson - - singer, songwriter, and guitarist performingin the Community Room.
  • 2:00 pm. Daffy Dave - Goofy magic and juggling by one of the library’s all-time favorite magicians. In the Children’s Room.

Within the renovated area, The Family Place has been created with the infant-to-five set in mind. Carved out of the existing children’s room, it caters to the needs of babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families, featuring colorful, comfortable seating, childlike décor, expanded picture books and beginning-to-read books displayed face out, and a new programming space. The Kid’s Place sits adjacent to The Family Place and is tailored to the distinct needs of elementary and middle school children, whose primary use is of the library’s collection and computers. The remodeled space holds brightly colored tables and chairs for study, a reconfigured place for independent computer use, and twice as many computers as before.

The Children’s Room was renovated to offer a vibrant and expanded space for children and families. It’s larger to hold more books and media, and allow for future growth of the collection. New displays give a livelier bookstore look-and-feel, while primary color walls, print fabrics, and beautifully-decorated columns punctuated with wonderful art lend a playful and inviting atmosphere to the whole area. The renovation was made possible with $100,000 from the city’s Capital Improvement Project budget and an $8,000 grant from the Friends of the Library to purchase new children’s books and materials.

The Redwood City Public Library sponsors many free programs for children, families, and adults and is the learning center of the community. More information about library events and services, and the Redwood City Library Foundation, is available at, by calling 780-7026, or by picking up library information in any Redwood City public library.

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Celia LaRiviere
Resource Development Supervisor
(650) 780-7045

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