Programs We Support
Since 1998 the Redwood City Library Foundation has provided over $3 million of funding for resources, programs and services that take our library system to a new level of excellence.
Makerspace in the Library
The library is building a makerspace in the downtown library. A makerspace is a community workspace where people can come to use sewing, robotics, electronics and other tools. The makerspace will serve all members of the community with an interest in STEAM and arts and crafts.
The library foundation has a $300,000 fundraising goal to support this project. With the $150,000 pledged by the City of Redwood City, the new makerspace in the downtown library will be state of the art.
Redwood Shores Library Interpretive Center
The Redwood Shores Library and Interpretive Center opened in 2008. The Center is a "museum-quality" educational center designed to help children discover the wonders of the Bay and its wetlands, honoring the biodiversity of these wetlands. It teaches children about the balance between community needs and the environment around us.
RCLF is raising funds to replace signage, upgrade computers, and install new interactive games.
Bridging the Digital Divide
More than one-third of students in Fair Oaks area do not have reliable internet access at home for homework, research and education. On any given day, after closing hours you can find adults and teens in the library’s parking lot on their laptops and tablets so they can complete their homework, finish job applications, and connect with family members using the library’s Wi-Fi.
We are raising money to allow school-age children to check out and take home personal Wi-Fi devices (hotspots) and educational laptops. The program is intended to provide access to the families who currently depend on the library's Wi-Fi hotspot.
High School in the Library
High School in the library is a new 18-month program developed in partnership with the California State Library. The program pairs students with on-line academic coachs, who provide individualized career path guidance, evaluate performance, and help with resources. The program also provides individualized career-related activities in the learning modules.
At the end of the program the students will receive a High School Diploma.
Free Books for Families
This program provides free books in Spanish and English to families with young children. New books are distributed to the families with young children that attend the various classes in the library. The program encourages reading at home. Having books at home is one of the two most important predictors of future literacy success.
Writing Cats and Dogs
Writing Cats and Dogs is a 6-week creative writing program for children 8 to 12 years old. In partnership with Redwood City’s Pets in Need, 25 children receive the profile of a homeless shelter animal and learn how to write a story about that animal. They illustrate the story and make a book by the end of the 6-week program. At the end of the program the Redwood City Library Foundation publishes a hardcover book with all the stories and illustrations.