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Archived News Release from 2009

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Public Library and Project READ Gain Recognition

Redwood City, CA - August 19, 2009 - The Redwood City Public Library is proud to announce that it received some well-deserved recognition this month.

On August 4, 2009 the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors presented Redwood City Project READ with a special commendation, honoring that program for its work with literacy students in the community and the inmates at both the Maguire Correctional Facility and the Women’s County Correctional Facility.

The Board members recognized Project READ’s invaluable contributions and community service, and lauded the program as a model of public service. Project READ has fostered a remarkable collaboration between the Redwood City Public Library, the Sheriff’s office, Cañada College, San Mateo County Court Schools GED program, The Choices Program, and several other county and city agencies. This partnership has led to a very successful literacy program which has grown to serve over 280 inmates annually. Visit for more information.

The new Redwood Shores Branch Library was recently recognized on the website as one of the top four most child-friendly libraries in the entire Bay Area. The library gained this distinction for its commitment to kids, and for using its entire space – nestled on the shore of a tidal slough of San Francisco Bay – to foster and support the enthusiasm of budding readers.

Of special note are its brightly colored children's section complete with sailboat motif, toddler-friendly computers, a wooden ship for climbing, a hands-on, interactive wetlands exhibit including decals of local shorebirds that produce bird calls when rubbed, a large aquarium of local species, and countless other shore-centered activities, a handsome collection of books and media, an atrium-like film and story room with a puppet theater and a gaggle of dramatic puppets, and more (not to mention an exemplary staff that supports this great facility and its many daily visitors, of all ages). 

And also this month, the Redwood Shores Branch Library won the Award of Merit (2nd place) from The American Public Works Association, Silicon Valley Chapter. The award recognizes this outstanding project, which exemplified a number of critical public works criteria, including:

  • Use of good construction management techniques, and completion of the project on schedule;
  • Safety awareness and performance;
  • Community relations for the project;
  • Environment protection and special considerations given to particular environmental concerns during the project;
  • Unusual accomplishments under adverse conditions such as age or condition of the facility, adverse weather, soil, or other site conditions;
  • Exceptional efforts to maintain quality control; construction innovations; time and/or money-saving techniques.

The Redwood City Public Library offers many free programs for children, adults, and families, and is the learning center of our community. For more information about library events and services you may access the library’s home page at or call 780-7026.

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Dave Genesy, Director
Redwood City Public Library


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