I wanted to share with you a really nice success story about Redwood City’s KinderCard program, which aims to provide every new kindergartner with their own library card.
The Library Foundation, which sponsors the program, held a “SuperSaturday” celebration on March 12, upon the completion of this year’s KinderCard program. More than 1,200 kindergartners and parents participated, visiting, celebrating, and browsing the Children’s Room at the Downtown Library – the most successful KinderCard SuperSaturday ever!
Here are some other remarkable statistics:
- 56 kindergarten classrooms were visited by a librarian during this year’s program, with 1,680 kindergartners receiving a library card application
- A total of nearly 500 new library cards were issued during the entire KinderCard program
- 30 new library cards were given out in a single hour at the SuperSaturday event
- 317 goodie bags were given away on KinderCard Super Saturday, each including a free book
- It was getting so crowded in the Children’s Room that staff quickly moved the puppet show to the larger Community Room and added impromptu story times to keep the throngs entertained
- Ella and Annie (two very attentive dogs from the Paws for Tales reading program) listened to nearly 50 kids read them stories
- Entertainer Chiquy Boom did an impromptu training of our teen volunteers to learn to make balloon animals – and made over 150 balloon animals herself
- Clifford the Big Red Dog made a surprise appearance to the delight of everyone!
The KinderCard Program is an annual Library program that works to ensure every kid in a Redwood City kindergarten – public and private – gets a library card. It’s really proven to help young kids develop an early love of reading and learning, and to understand that the Library is a great place.
I hope you share in our pride at this, the biggest KinderCard SuperSaturday event ever!