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For Immediate Release                                                         

April 23, 2014

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Sheri Costa-Batis
Public Communication and Engagement Manager
650.780.7305
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Redwood City’s Library Foundation and Latino Community Council of Redwood City to Host Fourth Annual Family Festival, Kermes & Dia del Nino
More than a thousand community members expected to attend annual event
aimed at raising funds for Fair Oaks Library

Redwood City, Calif. – The Redwood City Library Foundation and the Latino Community Council of Redwood City (LCCRC ) will hold its fourth annual community festival, called Kermes & Dia del Nino, on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 11am to 3pm at the Fair Oaks Library, 2510 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. The purpose of this annual event is to raise funds to obtain children’s e-materials such as iPads for the Fair Oaks Library. Last year, more than 1,000 children and adults attended the event, which is expected to break attendance records this year. The family-oriented event will feature vendor booths, food booths, games and prizes for children, arts and crafts, and local groups performing music, ballet folklorico, and drama.

The Fair Oaks Library is a small high-use library serving 20,539 people of the North Fair Oaks neighborhood. According to the California Department of Education, 89 percent of the students attending school in the North Fair Oaks area are socio-economically disadvantaged; the Library serves many of the neighborhood’s students. The Fair Oaks Library also provides the only computer source for many of its visitors. Beyond providing computer access to residents, the library – one of the few public spaces in the Fair Oaks neighborhood – helps increase family literacy for the residents of North Fair Oaks, and supports school success for the neighborhood’s youth.

"The Fair Oaks Library is a critical part of the neighborhood," explains Mayor Jeffrey Gee. "North Fair Oaks residents - especially members of our Latino community - look to the library as a neighborhood gathering place - a place to meet friends and families, a welcoming place to learn, and a place for children to study and do homework. It is events like Kermes & Dia del Nino where the community can help ensure that members of our community – neighbors of all ages – can have the opportunity to increase knowledge."

Donations may be made online at www.rclfdn.org or mailed to Redwood City Library Foundation, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, 94063. Donations are fully tax deductible. For information, contact Executive Director Georgi LaBerge at 650.780.7045 or glaberge@redwoodcity.org.

Major event sponsors are Rocket Fuel, Inc., Facebook, AT&T, Sheriff’s Youth Program Fund, Chavez Supermarket, Comcast, Del Grande Dealer Group, Redwood City International and the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission. A number of non-profit groups and Redwood City departments will provide a myriad of activities designed to appeal to children.

More About Redwood City Library Foundation
Since its formation in 1998, the Redwood City Library Foundation has raised $2.4 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 Library, purchase the complete collection for the new Redwood Shores Library, and fund Phase 1 of the Early Childhood Learning Center at the Downtown Library.

More About LCCRC
LCCRC is an advocacy group working for the advancement of Latinos and their issues through civic and community engagement. Over the past three years, the LCCRC has raised $49,958 to increase the children’s library collection of books, videos, CDs, iPads and laptop computers.

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