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The Redwood City Public Library inspires learning through innovative and visionary programming and services— literacy programs, support for school success, access to technology, safe, inviting spaces for youth and families, and gathering places that connect members of the community with a love of reading and learning. Libraries are “indoor parks” with many learning, recreational, and cultural activities for all ages, incomes, and cultures, and a primary way of building community by promoting community participation and volunteerism.

Core Services Welcoming, safe, and accessible public spaces, with a high number of open hours, a customercentered staff, a large number of books and other materials, and many weekly programs. Access to computers, both wireless and on 160 public computers.

Downtown Library 1044 Middlefield Road Administration • 650.780.7061 Customer Service • 650.780.7018 Project READ • 650.780.7077 Telephone Renewal • 650.638.0399 Monday - Thursday 10 am - 9 pm Friday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm Sunday - Noon - 5 pm Fair Oaks Branch Library 2510 Middlefield Road 650.780.7261 (Se habla español) Monday - Thursday 10 am - 7 pm Friday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm Sunday - CLOSED Schaberg Branch Library 2140 Euclid Avenue 650.780.7010 Monday - Thursday 10 am - 7 pm Saturday 10 am - 5 pm Friday & Sunday - CLOSED Redwood Shores Branch Library 399 Marine Parkway 650.780.5740 Monday - Thursday 10 am - 8 pm Friday - CLOSED Saturday 10 am - 5 pm Sunday Noon - 5 pm

Services to families and youth, helping new readers and families prepare for school, and helping those in school to succeed. The five Project READ literacy programs, meeting the diverse literacy needs of our community.

Your Library

Your Community



■ Four branch libraries ■ An ever-expanding collection of books, DVDs, music and more for adults, teens, and children ■ Our online catalog ■ 24/7 online services: eBooks, eMagazines, audiobooks and music; research resources ■ Access to many California library collections

Learn ■ 160 computers and free wi-fi ■ Homework help and individual tutoring for all ages in the Library and online ■ Storytimes for babies, preschoolers and families ■ Online language learning

Discover ■ The Family Place for youth and parents ■ The Teen Center, a safe space for teens ■ The diversity of monthly events and activities ■ Discover & GO! Free museum passes and more ■ The Interpretive Center at Redwood Shores Branch Library

Connect ■ Volunteer ■ Donate ■ Use our meeting rooms ■ Programs and events ■ Teach or tutor

A free Library card is available to anyone with proof of California residence. Children aged fourteen and under require a parent’s signature on the application. At the Redwood City Public Library, you have a generous checkout limit of up to 50 items! Most can be renewed online, by phone (650.638.0399) up to five times, or in person, if there are no “holds” on the materials. When you’re ready to return your items, you can do so at any public library or community college library in San Mateo County. Accidents can sometimes happen, so you should know that if you lose materials you’ll need to pay the replacement cost. You can reserve an item online or at the Library for no cost. Manage your Library account online, check account status, see due dates, renew items, sign up for email and text notifications, pay fines, and more at As a friendly reminder we’ll send courtesy email notifications two days before your item is due. Once overdue, we can notify you by email, telephone, or mail. Don’t let overdue items sit too long – after 30 days, we’ll have to send you a bill. Unresolved accounts of $40 or more may be referred to a collection agency and an additional fee of $10 will be assessed. Books and non-DVD items have a loan period of three weeks; DVDs have a loan period of one week. Overdue items on adult accounts are assessed at 25c per day for adult material and 15c per day for juvenile material. Children’s and teen accounts do not accrue late fees.

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■ Teach someone to read ■ Read weekly at a daycare or preschool ■ Be a teen mentor to a young child ■ Do community service hours in the Teen Center ■ Join the Library Foundation ■ Work in the Friends of the Library bookstore ■ Deliver Library materials to the homebound ■ Work on special projects For more information visit:

Donate ■ Contributions to the Redwood City Library Foundation support Library projects and services. Make your donation at ■ Project READ accepts community donations to provide much needed instructional materials, learning evaluations, eye exams, eye glasses, hearing aids and expanded services to over 500 academically at-risk children and 500 adults. Visit ■ Friends of the Redwood City Public Library funds Library programs and events through contributions and bookstore sales. Be a Friend and donate at

Stay Connected ■ Join us on Facebook and Twitter to find out the latest Library news, events, and information. Sign up for the Library eNewsletter at

Comment and Suggest ■ We welcome your comments, questions, ideas, and opinions in order to serve you better. Comment online at

Great Books for Help your child learn to read! ▪ Read aloud to your child every day Your child learns that beginning to read on her own doesn’t mean giving up cozy read-aloud time.

▪ Point to the words when you read aloud Pointing to words as you read reinforces the connection between written and spoken words. You also emphasize that print moves from right to left.

▪ Bring reading into daily life Visit your local libraries and bookstores. Read a recipe and then cook together. Read signs as you drive through town. Make reading part of daily life.

▪ Talk about new vocabulary words When you use a new word, help your child understand its meaning. Encourage your new reader to ask about unfamiliar words when they come up in conversation or reading.

▪ Listen to your child read At first, children will “read” by relying on the pictures and their memory of the story. Later they will recognize the words. Make sure to listen attentively as your child discovers this new skill, but don’t push until your child is ready.

▪ Write a book together Make a book of your child’s favorite words or friends or foods. Have him illustrate his book.

Downtown Library 1044 Middlefield Road Administration • 650.780.7061 Customer Service • 650.780.7018 Project READ • 650.780.7077 Telephone Renewal • 650.638.0399 Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 9:00pm Friday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm Sunday - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Fair Oaks Branch Library 2510 Middlefield Road 650.780.7261 (Se habla español) Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 7:00pm Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

Schaberg Branch Library 2140 Euclid Avenue 650.780.7010 Tuesday - Thursday 1:00pm - 6:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm Monday, Friday & Sunday CLOSED

Redwood Shores Branch Library 399 Marine Parkway 650.780.5740 Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm Friday - CLOSED Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm

▪ Be a reader yourself Show your child that you enjoy reading by reading frequently. Have a variety of reading material in the house and read to yourself on a regular basis.

B eginning T o R ead



BTR Berenstain Bears in the Night

BTR Arnold Hi, Fly Guy! and others in the series

BTR Carle Have You Seen My Cat?

BTR Berenstain New Pup

BTR Cleary The Bug in the Jug Wants a Hug and others

BTR Capucilli Biscuit and others in the series

BTR Dora Just Like Dora and others at Pre-level 1

BTR Carle The Greedy Python

BTR Godwin Happy and Honey and others

BTR dePaola Kit and Kat and others in the series

BTR I The Lion and the Mice

BTR Dora Dora’s Picnic and others at level 1

BTR I Mice on Ice

BTR Eastman Go, Dog. Go! and others by Eastman

BTR I Sick Day

BTR Hall Dino Riddles and others in the series

BTR Long Up, Tall and High

BTR Hillert Where is Dear Dragon and others in the series

BTR Milgrim See Otto and others in the series

BTR Hoff Danny and the Dinosaur and others

BTR Seuss Hop On Pop

BTR I Boy, Bird, and Dog and others in the series

BTR Willems Cat the Cat, Who is That? and others in the series BTR Ziefert Wet Pet and others in the series

BTR LeSieg Ten Apples Up On Top and others by LeSieg BTR Marzollo I Spy and others in the series BTR Minarik Little Bear and others in the series BTR Scieszkza Trucks Line Up and others in the series BTR Scotton Good Night, Sleep Tight and other Splat the Cat books BTR Seuss A Great Day For Up! and others by Dr. Seuss

GOOD READERS BTR Adler Bones and the Cupcake Mystery and others in the series BTR Adler Young Cam Jansen and others in the series BTR Blair The Frog Prince and other fairy tales BTR Cazet Minnie and Moo Go Dancing and other in the series BTR Egan Dodsworth in Paris and others in the series BTR Harper Wedgieman: A Hero is Born BTR Henkes Penny and Her Doll and others in the series BTR Hoban A Birthday for Frances BTR Howe Houndsley and Catina and others in the series BTR Kvasnosky Zelda and Ivy and others in the series BTR Lobel Frog and Toad and others in the series BTR Lobel Mouse Soup BTR Parish Amelia Bedelia and others in the series BTR Roop Buttons for General Washington BTR Roop Penguins are Cool BTR Rylant Mr. Putter and Tabby and others in the series BTR Schwartz In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories

BTR Seuss One Fish, Two Fish and others by Dr. Seuss

BTR Seuss The Cat in the Hat

BTR Weiss Twins in the Park and others in the series

BTR Thomas Good Night, Good Knight

BTR Willems I Love My New Toy and others in the series

BTR Van Leeuwen Amanda Pig and the Wiggly Tooth

BTR Ziefert Fish Wish and other 50-word books in the series

BTR Yee Mouse and Mole and others in the series

J Cleary Ramona the Pest Ramona quickly learns school isn't all fun and games when she doesn't make any friends. The Ramona Quimby Series J Cooney The Face on the Milk Carton A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity. Janie Johnson Series J Gantos Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Joey has trouble paying attention and controlling his moods when his prescription meds wear off. Joey Pigza Books J Jimenez The Circuit Stories of a migrant farm worker family told from the point of view of the young son. Sequels J Lowry Anastasia Krupnik Fourth grader Anastasia has a trying year as she considers becoming a Catholic and has a crush. Anastasia Krupnik Series

“There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book.” –Phillip Pullman

J McDonald Judy Moody Third-grader Judy is in a bad mood on the first day of school until she gets to create a “Me” collage. Judy Moody Series J Tolan Surviving the Applewhites Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent to school at the arty Applewhite family’s Creative Academy. Sequel J Van Draanen Secret Identity Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman! Shredderman Series J Voigt Homecoming Abandoned by their mother, four children begin a search for a home and an identity. Tillerman Cycle Series

Realistic Fiction





J Avi Nothing But the Truth A ninth-grader's suspension for humming "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story.

J Danziger P.S. Longer Letter Later Best friends Elizabeth and Tara-Starr continue their friendship through letter-writing after Tara-Starr's family moves to another state.

J Paterson The Great Gilly Hopkins An 11-year-old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly.

J Bauer On My Honor Joel’s best friend dies while they are swimming in a treacherous river they promised never to go near. Now he must tell both sets of parents the terrible consequences of their disobedience.

J DeClements Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade A fifth-grade class, repelled by the overweight new student who has serious home problems, finally learns to accept her.

J Paulsen Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day Supremely organized seventh-grader Molly McGinty loses the notebook she relies on to keep her life in order and she spends the day in chaos.

J DiCamillo Because of Winn-Dixie India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen because of her big ugly dog, Winn-Dixie.

J Ryan Becoming Naomi Leon When Naomi’s mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs to Mexico with her brother and great-grandmother in search of her father.

J Fleischman Seedfolks When people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled lot into a beautiful garden, they themselves are transformed.

J Sachar Holes Stanley is sent to detention camp in a dried up lake where he is forced to dig holes. The warden claims it builds character, which is a lie, and Stanley tries to dig up the truth.

J Birdsall The Penderwicks Vacationing with their father, four lovable sisters share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother. J Blume Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, Margaret talks over her problems with her own private God. J Byars The Not-Just-Anybody Family With a brother in the hospital, a grandfather in jail, and their mother traveling with a rodeo, Maggie and Vern try to settle family problems.

J Gantos Dead End in Norvelt Norvelt is nearly a ghost town in 1962 when 12-year-old Jack is assigned to help his eccentric neighbor with chores involving the newly dead, underage driving, and bloody noses.

J Cleary Dear Mr. Henshaw In his letters to his favorite author, Leigh reveals his problems coping with his parents' divorce, his new school, and finding his place in the world.

J Hiaasen Chomp When the difficult star of reality show "Expedition Survival" disappears in the Everglades, Wahoo Cray and classmate Tuna set out to find him.

J Spinelli Maniac Magee After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary as he accomplishes athletic feats which awe his contemporaries.

J Clements The Report Card Fifth-grader Nora Rowley hides the fact that she is a genius, but when she tries to prove grades are not important, things get out of control.

J Naylor Shiloh When he finds a dog near his home, Marty tries to hide it from the dog's real owner - a mean-spirited man known to mistreat dogs.

J Spinelli Loser His classmates consider him a loser, but Donald’s optimism and his family’s support keep him from feeling that way about himself.

J Creech Walk Two Moons After her mother leaves home suddenly, 13-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route.

J Paterson Bridge to Terabithia The life of a boy in rural Virginia expands when he befriends a newcomer and they create a hideaway they name Terabithia.

J Woodson Peace, Locomotion Through letters to his little sister, who is living in a different foster home, sixth-grader Lonnie, aka "Locomotion," keeps a record of their lives.

J Soto Taking Sides Lincoln Mendoza, an aspiring basketball player, has divided loyalties between his old Hispanic inner-city and his new suburban neighborhood.

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