City of Redwood City Community Partnerships Series: Organizations That Support Our Public Library

Featuring Library Foundation, Friends of the Redwood City Public Library, and Redwood City Friends of Literacy

Redwood City’s mission is to ‘Build a Great Community Together’ and our community partners help us to do just that!

This blog series celebrates Redwood City’s community partners and features non-profits, agencies, and private partners that the City collaborates with to make Redwood City a great place to live, work, visit, and play.

This blog features the organizations that support the Redwood City Public Library including the Redwood City Library Foundation, Friends of the Redwood City Public Library, and Redwood City Friends of Literacy. Collaborating with these organizations strengthens our library programs and services, furthers the Redwood City Public Library’s Mission to cultivate community by welcoming all people to experience the shared joys of literacy and learning. La Biblioteca Pública de Redwood City cultiva comunidad dándoles la bienvenida a todas las persona para experimentar las alegrías compartidas de la lectura y el aprendizaje.

These partnerships also help Redwood City achieve goals within our Community for All Ages strategic initiative. For a full list of the City’s Strategic Initiatives, go here.

Redwood City Library Foundation

The Redwood City Library Foundation raises funds for Redwood City Public Library services, improvements, collections and programs. Its current initiatives and programs include:

Community Wi-Fi Project (Bridging the Digital Divide)

To help connect our community to Wi-Fi and the internet, anyone with a Redwood City library card can check out a personal Wi-Fi device, called a hotspot, from the Downtown Library or Fair Oaks Branch Library. One hotspot per family connects up to 15 devices and can be checked out with a Peninsula Library System card. The Wi-Fi hotspots checkout for three weeks at a time. Eighty devices are offered between these two library branches. To learn more about Wi-Fi hotspot check out, go here.

Career Online High School in the Library program

This program provides a limited number of scholarships to qualified adult learners who are looking to expand their career opportunities, prepare for workforce entry, and continue their education. The Career Online High School pairs each student with an online academic coach, who provides the student with an individual career path, offers ongoing guidance, evaluates performance and connects the student with the resources needed to master the courses. To learn more about this program, go here.

STEAM Fest and Maritime Day

STEAM Fest is an annual event that features hands-on activities for kids to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Maritime Day, held annually in conjunction with STEAM Fest, includes free admission to the San Mateo County History Museum and an exhibit featuring 24 unique model ships and hands-on activities for children. These events are held in the spring. Follow us on social media for announcements about next year’s events.

The Redwood City Library Foundation also contributes to free books for families to build home libraries and encourage reading and Interpretive Center updates for the Redwood Shores Branch Library.

For more information about the Redwood City Library Foundation, go here. To donate to the Foundation via PayPal, click here. The Redwood City Library Foundation 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Friends of the Redwood City Public Library

The Friends of the Redwood City Public Library operates a resale bookstore located in 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 including:

  • The Summer Learning Challenge and Winter Reading Program are reading focused, educational, artistic, and entertainment programs. The Summer Learning Challenge includes a kickoff party outside the Downtown Library. Last year approximately 25,000 kids participated in the Summer Learning Challenge. Make sure you sign up this year! Go here to learn more.
  • Brainfuse is a live, online homework assistance program that also offers adult learning tools. Learn more here.
  • Discover and Go offers free and discounted tickets to museums, zoos, and other local attractions for the entire family. Learn more here
  • Traveling Storytime is a program where trained volunteers read to groups of children in daycare centers and preschools throughout Redwood City. This program donates 2,000 books to preschoolers annually. Learn more here.

Other events and activities sponsored by Friends of the Redwood City Public Library include:

  • Notable Children’s Authors visit five local schools annually and offer book giveaways (award winning Matt de la Peña was a recent guest author).
  • Friends of the Redwood City Public Library assist with community outreach by assisting the Library in participating at community events.
  • Children and Teen Programs include family nights, weekly Saturday events, crafty tales, kindercard, baby sign language, making books, storytimes, homework supplies, cooking and holiday activities, and more.
  • Adult Programs include talks with guest authors, music at the library, career and technology events, including job-search workshops and assistance, and more.
  • Fair Oaks Programs include arts and crafts, building tools, video gaming, holiday activities, and more.

For more information about Friends of the Redwood City Public Library, go here. To support your library with a Friends’ membership, starting at only $15, or to donate, go here. Friends of the Redwood City Public Library 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Redwood City Friends of Literacy

Redwood City Friends of Literacy is dedicated to promoting awareness, raising financial support and advocating for the intergenerational literacy services of Redwood City Project READ. Project READ’s 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. To learn about becoming a volunteer tutor, go here.
  • 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 to attend college and improve their career options.

To help fund these programs, an annual tradition of Project READ is to host the Trivia Bee fundraiser. This event invites to community to form teams and compete for the coveted title of Trivia Champion of Redwood City. Not ready to compete? Purchase a ticket to come watch the show! This year’s Trivia Bee is October 12 at Canada College. To learn more about this event, go here.

For more information about Redwood City Friends of Literacy, go here. If you would like to make a donation, go here. Redwood City Friends of Literacy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Learn More

To learn more about the Redwood City Public Library go here. For Library events, go here.

To read past Community Partner Series blog posts, visit the links below:

Círculo Cultural

Redwood City 2020

Cañada College

Redwood City Improvement Association (RCIA)

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