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Library Fights “Summer Brain Drain”

Good morning –  here is information that I think anyone with kids will want to have! The Library’s Summer Reading Club is full of fun, prizes, activities…and promotes reading throughout summer to keep that skill sharp! Please read the news release below for the details – and make note that the big kick-off event for the Summer Reading Club is this Saturday at 11 am at the Downtown Library.


~ malcolm


For Immediate Release
June 10, 2013

Jacky Averill
Redwood City Public Library


Library Helps Prevent “Summer Brain Drain”


Redwood City, CA – Summer is time for vacations and a break from school. However, summer is also the time that skills built up during the school year can erode, especially reading skills. Research shows that children who don’t read over the summer break can lose up to three months of reading proficiency, resulting in the dreaded “Summer Brain Drain!”


The Redwood City Public Library comes to the rescue to fight Summer Brain Drain by offering a multitude of fun incentives and family programs to keep everyone reading all summer long!

The Reading is So Delicious Summer Reading Club starts this month and everyone is invited to celebrate with a kick-off party! The Redwood City Public Library and Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department are teaming up to start off the Summer Reading Club with a big blast:

THIS SATURDAY, June 15th, 2013
11 am – 2 pm

Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road

Families will love the three hours of fun and games with prizes, crafts, books, Daffy Dave, Bubblemania, and food! All are welcome, and it’s a chance to sign up to read or listen to books this summer and get prizes from the library.


Reading/Listening Clubs! Read for 600 minutes (10 hours) before August 31st and receive wonderful prizes. Sign up for the Listening Club and listen for 10 hours and receive the same prizes. Parents have the options of reading to their children, reading to themselves as their children read their books, or a combination of the two. Sign-ups start June 14th and continue throughout the summer at all four Redwood City libraries. Prizes include a free book you select yourself from the hundreds we’ll have to choose from, a free game of mini-golf at Malibu Castle, a discount at Redwood Roller Rink, a Round Table Pizza coupon, and more.


Programs! The Library’s deliciously fun weekly summer programs for the whole family are held each Tuesday (4 pm at Schaberg, 7 pm at Downtown) and Wednesday (4 pm at Fair Oaks, 6:30 pm at Redwood Shores). Programs are FREE and for all ages. All programs and prize books are thanks to the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library.

  • June      18/19 Magical Moonshine      Theater – Puppylocks and the Three Bears puppet show
  • June      25/26 Wild Things Inc. – Real, live animals!
  • July      2/3 Andy Z – Rock and Roll for the whole family!
  • July      9/10 The Keith Show – Juggling hilarity!
  • July      16/17 Magic Dan – Prepare to be amazed!
  • July      23/24 Images in Motion      Inc. – What in the World? Puppet show
  • July      30/31 Owen Baker-Flynn – Astounding acts of balance and comedy!
  • August      6/7 Busy Bee Dogs – Awesome dog tricks!

Put the big June 15 celebration on your family’s calendar, and get ready to sign kids up for lots of fun, reading, and prizes this summer!

The Award Winning Redwood City Public Library connects the community and inspires a love of reading and learning through innovative, visionary programming and services such as literacy programs, access to technology, safe, inviting spaces for youth and families, and gathering places that connect the members of the community with a love of reading and learning. It’s all online at


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