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Archived News Release from 2011

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Every 5th Grader Gets a Library Card in Redwood City Library Foundation’s “Cards for Kids” Campaign

Redwood City, CA - February 23, 2011 - Literacy and a love of reading are cornerstones of a quality education and positive youth development – and they are among the guiding purposes of the Redwood City Library Foundation. To help open the world of books to the youth of our community, the Foundation is launching its new Cards for Kids campaign to ensure that every 5th grade student in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks has a library card.

During the next few months all 5th grade classes will be visited and new cards will be issued to each and every student. As an added bonus, any outstanding fines will be waived from students’ existing cards. Plus, kids will be excited about incentives and prizes that will be given out, including a special year-end celebration at the Downtown Library. This program is similar to the Library’s annual, and extremely successful, KinderCard campaign that provides library cards to all kindergarten students.

Research shows that 5th grade is a crucial benchmark for kids in deciding to be positively involved in school, in choosing their friends, and in staying involved in the community. Using a public library - whether for homework assistance, borrowing books, using computers, attending events, or just as a safe place to be - increases the likelihood of school success.

The Redwood City Library Foundation is committed to funding those programs that touch many people and make a difference in our community’s literate and educational health. The new Cards for Kids initiative is funded by a recently-accepted significant donation to the Library that will be used to focus on increased Library services for youth throughout the City, including storytimes at all City libraries, youth and family participation in community events, increased volunteerism, and connecting the Library and its services with students.

The non-profit Redwood City Library Foundation was launched 12 years ago and currently has 11 community members on its board of directors. In that time, the Foundation has raised over $2 million to supplement the support that the Library receives from the City of Redwood City. Foundation funding has launched remarkable, award-winning community programs including Traveling Storytime, the Teen Homework Center, and the Dad and Me in the Library program, and has provided extensive funding for collections. The Foundation raised the entire $850,000 needed for the opening day collection at the new Redwood Shores Branch Library, and is currently fundraising to add materials to the Fair Oaks Library. To date, over $100,000 has already been provided to the Fair Oaks Library for the purchase of new materials, books, CDs, and DVDs for children and adults.

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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Georgi LaBerge
Redwood City Library Foundation
(650) 780-7045      


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