Tell a Friend Thursdays

August 4, 2016

You’ve got a Question, Redwood City has the Answer

Q: I heard the Redwood City Fire Department is sponsoring a backpack donation drive. What types of backpacks can I donate?

A: The Redwood City Fire Department launched its Backpack Drive this week in various locations to help children in need get ready for school this month.

The drive collects new and gently used backpacks for all school-aged children and teens. Backpacks will be distributed to youth struggling due to fire, illness, financial stress or other difficulties.

The drive will run through the month of August, just in time for the start of school. Donation barrels can be found at all Redwood City and San Carlos fire stations, as well as the Fair Oaks Community Center. Four Redwood City library locations will also receive donations: Downtown Library, Redwood Shores, Schaberg, and Fair Oaks .

For more information about this backpack drive, go here.

Q: I read that Redwood City Libraries have partnered with hoopla digital. What does this partnership mean for library patrons?

A: Redwood City Public Libraries are excited to partner with hoopla, a unique digital entertainment/media service, which enables you to borrow movies, videos, music and audio books straight from your browser, tablet, or smartphone!

hoopla provides access to thousands of titles anywhere, anytime you have an Internet connection, and new content is added all the time. With hoopla, there are no hold lists, no extra apps or accounts needed, and no waiting for your title to buffer.

All you need to access hoopla is your valid Redwood City Public Library card (card number beginning with 29045). It can be accessed on Apple iOS 6.0+ or Android devices, and via the web. To access the system on your mobile device, you’ll need to download the FREE hoopla app from the app store on your device.

To learn more about the City’s partnership with hoopla, go here.

Q: Where can I easily find public notices?

A: The City has launched a new web portal that provides a comprehensive list of all public hearings and notices in one place online. This provides the public with greater access to information about upcoming development discussions, potential construction impacts and projects planned in your neighborhood, and other notices about neighborhood items. The new Public Notices portal can be found here.