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Archived News Release from 2011

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Lots of Great Things Happening at the Redwood City Library: BookFLIX; Halloween Parade & Concert; and Brainfuse Online Tutoring, Sponsored by Friends of the Library

Redwood City, CA - October 8, 2011 - The Redwood City Library is absolutely overflowing with great things to see, do, read, and experience! Here is just a small selection of what’s happening right now – be sure to visit for information on these and the many other wonderful programs, resources, and materials.

Here’s an exciting new way for children to experience books! Courtesy of the California State Library, BookFLIX is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to help spark a love of reading and learning.  BookFLIX is now available at

BookFLIX can help early readers practice essential pre-reading and reading skills with favorite books like Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Each picture book is paired with a non-fiction title like Let’s Visit a Dairy Farm. Among the content and resources available from BookFLIX are:

  • Over 100 video storybooks each paired with a nonfiction eBook. Many titles are available in Spanish.
  • A “read-along” option that provides word-by-word highlighting.
  • Definitions of key vocabulary words.
  • Games and activities that reinforce early reading skills

Halloween Parade and Concert
The entire community is invited to join together at the Downtown Library at 7 pm, Wednesday, October 26 for the annual Redwood City Library Halloween Parade and Concert featuring the fabulous RayTones! It’s all happening in the “Family Place” of the Downtown Library at 1044 Middlefield Road. Halloween costumes are encouraged, and all participants can are welcome to parade through the Library with Ray the Rhino taking the lead – and everyone can make even more noise than usual, then rock-on to the world’s coolest fun-time family band, the fabulous RayTones. This program was made possible by a generous donation from the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library.

Friends of the Library Presents…Brainfuse!
The Friends of the Library is a non-profit, volunteer organization which raises funds to expand Library collections, programs, and services. One of the incredible programs the Friends sponsor is Brainfuse, a FREE online tutoring service for learners of all ages – all that’s needed is a Redwood City library card. When students are struggling with homework or papers, Brainfuse is there to help. This tutoring receives wonderful reviews from those who have used it. Its focus is on students, but Brainfuse also offers adult learning resources. And, the Friends book store in the lobby of the Downtown Library at 1044 Middlefield Road just installed their annual Halloween display. They collect books all year for this annual frightful feature! They have special sales carts right now - hard back fiction, regularly $1 are now just 50-cents. The carts also have young adult books, price as marked – stock up and save money! Visit the Friends of the Library online at to learn more.

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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Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager


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