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Archived News Release from 2011

For Immediate Release

“We Love Children’s Books” Benefit for Fair Oaks Branch Library

Redwood City, CA - February 1, 2011 - With Valentine’s Day approaching, everyone knows that February is the month for lovers – and with love as the fundraising theme for the second year in a row, the Redwood City Library Foundation is holding a very special “We Love Children’s Books” benefit, for Fair Oaks Branch Library. This fun, festive extravaganza for a great cause takes place on Thursday, February 24th, from 5:30 to 8 pm in the Children’s Room at the Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.

Guests will be treated to tasty tapas, great wine, excellent music, and the opportunity to bid on fabulous items in both silent and live auctions. Former Redwood City Mayor Jim Hartnett will bring his oratory skills into play as the official auctioneer. And, the community’s master storyteller, Chuck Ashton, will perform for the guests – some of whom may have enjoyed Chuck’s performances when they themselves were kids at the library! Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase high-quality, new children’s books for the Fair Oaks Branch Library. The suggested admission donation is $10.

The need for more children’s material for the Fair Oaks Library has reached a critical point. Due to the economic downturn, many families with children are turning to their local library for free services. Last year’s usage was up by 34% at the Fair Oaks Branch Library, and children’s books and kids’ media are in constant circulation and demand.

Now, more than ever, the public's help is needed to address a critical need which affects our entire community. This is the perfect time for people to answer Redwood City's "call to action" and get involved, find a passion and interest in the community, and take action.

Last year’s successful love-themed February fundraiser “I Love Books” raised funds for both adult and children’s library materials. This year’s event will focus on kids and their needs – and it’s a great opportunity for the community to come together and help provide much-needed new children’s materials for the Fair Oaks Branch Library.

The lead sponsor for “We Love Children’s Books” is the David B. and Edward C. Goodstein Foundation. Other sponsors include the Danford Foundation, Provident Credit Union, San Mateo Credit Union, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, Signature Realty, Dennis and Lori McBride, and Terry Lyngso.

For more information, interested community members can call Georgi LaBerge, (650)780-7045. RSVPs are requested, by emailing csillin@hotmail.com or calling (650) 367-1729.

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 www.redwoodcity.org/library or call 780-7026.

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

 

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