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Archived News Release from 2011

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Library Foundation Presents $60,000 Check to Fair Oaks Branch Library

Redwood City, CA - July 7, 2011 - Highlighting its remarkable fundraising efforts, the Redwood City Library Foundation presented a check for $60,000 to the Fair Oaks Branch Library to be used for new books, CDs, English language audiocassettes, and magazines. An official presentation will made at the July 11 meeting of the City Council of Redwood City, during which foundation co-presidents Cheryl Angeles and John Blake will hand the check to Maria Kramer, Library Division Manager.

This is the Foundation’s third gift to purchase collection materials for the Fair Oaks Library. The total raised in the ongoing campaign now stands at $160,000. All of the secured funds have been released to purchase high-demand materials. With $90,000 left to reach the campaign goal of $250,000, Foundation members are calling on individuals, businesses, foundations and community groups to be a part of this incredible effort and put the fundraising campaign over the top.

The new materials come at a time when the Fair Oaks Library is very busy. Many families with limited incomes come to this library to check out materials for learning and entertainment over the summer months. High-quality reading materials for children are especially appreciated, as local schools are not providing summer classes this year.

The children are thrilled when they see new books and DVDs to check out”, said Maria Diaz-Slocum, head librarian at the Fair Oaks Library, “But it goes beyond that. These materials stimulate their interest in reading and learning which research shows is extremely critical to success in school and in life.”

The Fair Oaks Library serves the North Fair Oaks neighborhood with a total population of 20,539, largely comprised of Latino families. The library serves four schools where 94% of the students are designated as socioeconomically disadvantaged. The library focuses on family literacy, supporting school success, and access to computers. Additionally, it provides one of the few public spaces in the neighborhood.

Since its formation in 1998, the Redwood City Library Foundation has raised $2.1 million to bring programs and materials to the Redwood City Public Library. Funds have been used to hire a Traveling Storytime librarian, establish a teen homework center, support the Dad and Me in the Library program, create an interpretive center, and purchase the complete collection for the new Redwood Shores Library.

Donations for materials for the Fair Oaks Library may be made online at or mailed to Redwood City Library Foundation, 1044 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City, CA 94063. Donations are fully tax deductible. More information is available by calling the Foundation’s Executive Director Georgi LaBerge at (650) 780-7045.

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 780-7018.

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Georgi LaBerge, Executive Director
Redwood City Library Foundation


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