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Redwood City Library Foundation

The Redwood City Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds that go directly to increase financial support for Redwood City Public Library’s services, improvements, collections and programs.  Its current initiatives and programs include:

  • Downtown Library Makerspace/Co-Working Space
  • Community Wi-Fi Project (Bridging the Digital Divide)
  • Interpretive Center updates for the Redwood Shores Branch Library
  • Career Online High School in the Library program
  • Free books for families to build home libraries and encourage reading
  • Writing Cats and Dogs – a creative writing program for children that builds awareness about homeless animals

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To donate to the Foundation via PayPal, click here.

Friends of the Redwood City Public Library

The Friends of the Redwood City Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates a resale bookstore located in the lobby of the Downtown Library.  Proceeds from donations and the sale of books, music and movies at the store and at community events around the city are the source of funding for a wide array of wonderful library programs.

  • Summer Learning Challenge and Winter Reading Program: reading activities and educational, artistic and entertainment programs at all four libraries plus a summer kickoff party outside the Downtown Library
  • Notable Children’s Authors: visits to five local schools annually, including book giveaways (award winning Matt de la Peña was a recent guest author)
  • Children and Teen Programs:  family nights, weekly Saturday events, crafty tales, kindercard, baby sign language, making books, storytimes, homework supplies, cooking and holiday activities
  • Adult Programs: authors, music at the library and career and technology events, including job-search workshops and assistance
  • Discover and Go: free museum access for the entire family
  • Fair Oaks Programs: arts and crafts, building tools, video gaming and holiday activities
  • Community Outreach: library participation at community events
  • Traveling Storytime: 2000 books donated to preschoolers annually

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To support your library with a Friends’ membership, starting at only $15, or to donate, visit:

Redwood City Friends of Literacy/Project READ

Redwood City Friends of Literacy (RCFOL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness, raising financial support and advocating for the intergenerational literacy services of Redwood City Project READ. Project READ’s intergenerational programs are designed to break the cycle of illiteracy by surrounding adults and families with literacy services that promote education and a lifelong love of learning. Contributions support Project READ’s programs, including:

  • Providing literacy services to academically at-risk students, grades 1–12
  • Providing literacy services to adults in the community and correctional facilities
  • Training 250 new volunteer tutors
  • Distributing 3,000 children’s books to help build home libraries of the families in our program and backpacks filled with school supplies the beginning of each school year.
  • Providing early literacy activities for children whose parents are receiving tutoring and who do not have access to pre-school. 
  • Providing teen students who have been identified by schools as academically at-risk with tutoring, mentoring and opportunities to graduate from high school or earn their High School Equivalency/GED, attend college and improve their career options.

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