Neighborhood Library Spotlight: Redwood Shores Branch Library

The newest branch library in Redwood City is the Redwood Shores Branch, which opened in 2008 in a scenic spot adjacent to the Belmont Slough and the Bay Trail. Featuring a museum-quality interpretive center about the wildlife and environment of the San Francisco Bay, a café, several community meeting rooms, dedicated spaces for children and teens, and an automated sorting system to help manage the heavy circulation of materials, Redwood Shores is the largest and busiest neighborhood branch.

Looking forward, the Redwood Shores Library has two projects in the works to continue to ensure that it meets community needs. The first is a fundraising campaign by the Redwood City Library Foundation to update the Interpretive Center with modern technology that will provide for more interactivity and more flexibility in updating or changing the information displayed. Library staff partnered with a group of students from Design Tech High School, who will soon be the Library’s neighbors across the slough, to do the design thinking work to inform the changes that will best respond to customer needs.

Another upcoming project is the creation of an outdoor play structure to be located near the Library, which will feature a public art piece called the Pirate Ship by internationally known artists Ilya and Emelia Kabakov. The Ship will be secured by enclosing the play structure for children’s use, will sit in an open area alongside the Bay Trail, will meet the community need for a recreational opportunity, and has great synergy between the playground theme and the nautical theme of the Redwood Shores Library.

Redwood Shores Library Programs

Redwood Shores Branch Storytimes

Raise a Reader! Attending storytime is a great way to introduce babies and toddlers to books, songs, and stories!

Mondays 11:00 a.m. • Preschool Storytime • Ages 3–5
 Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. • Pajama Time Stories • All Ages
 Thursdays 10:30 a.m. • Toddler Stories • Ages 1–3
 Thursdays 11:30 a.m. • Tiny Tales • Ages 0–18 months

Paws for Tales

Dogs love to hear stories! Read to a specially trained dog provided by the Peninsula Humane Society. Paws for Tales is at the Redwood Shores Library the first Saturday of each month.

For more events at the Redwood Shores branch go here.

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