For Immediate Release
Fair Oaks Library to Receive Donation of Funds from Latino Community Council
Redwood City, CA - July 2, 2012 - The Latino Community Council of Redwood City (LCCRC), in cooperation with the Redwood City Library Foundation, raised $20,700 for children’s books, videos and music for the Fair Oaks Library through hosting a community festival this spring. “Kermes & Dia del Nino” was held in the parking area adjacent to the Fair Oaks Library on April 29th and was a huge success.
Representatives of the LCCRC will make a presentation at the City Council meeting on Monday, July 9th, 2012, to present the Fair Oaks Library with a check. Library Foundation director Georgi LaBerge and Redwood City Library director Dave Genesy will accept the donation from Arnoldo Arreola, President of the LCCRC, along with other members of that group. LCCRC is an advocacy group working for the advancement of Latinos and their issues through civic and community engagement.
More than 1,000 people attended the festival held on that beautiful day in late April. The event included vendor booths, food booths, non-profit information booths featuring games and prizes for children, and arts and crafts projects. Local performing groups provided music, ballet folklorico dance, and drama presentations.
The Kermes was the second annual festival presented by the collaborating organizations. The net from last year’s event was $16,000, making a grand total of $36,700 provided over two years for the purchase of children’s materials.
“We are proud and honored to have been a part of the creation of such a worthwhile event,” said Mr. Arreola, “The LCCRC will continue to find ways to give back to Redwood City, while continuing to motivate and inspire our Latino community to participate in civic engagement.”
Major sponsors of the Kermes were the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Youth Program Fund, W.L. Butler Construction, Hannig Law Firm, Chavez Supermarket, Mi Rancho Supermarket, and the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission.
“It’s been a fantastic partnership working with the Latino Community Council to find ways to make the Fair Oaks Library the best that it can be,” said Matt Jacobs, a director of the Redwood City Library Foundation.
The Fair Oaks Branch Library serves the North Fair Oaks neighborhood which is comprised of predominantly Latino immigrants. In the four schools in the Fair Oaks area, 94% of the students are designated socio-economically disadvantaged, making this local branch library a vitally important resource. The Library focuses on family literacy, supporting school success, and access to computers. Additionally, it serves as one of the few public spaces in the neighborhood.
Since its formation in 1998, the Redwood City Library Foundation has raised $2.2 million to hire a Traveling Storytime librarian, establish a teen homework center, support the Dad and Me in the Library program, help fund an interpretive center, enlarge the collection at the Fair Oaks Branch Library, and purchase the complete collection for the new Redwood Shores Library. Donations for children’s books for the Fair Oaks Branch Library may be made online at www.redwoodcitylibraryfoundation.org or mailed to Redwood City Library Foundation, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063. Donations are fully tax deductible.
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