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Why do we need a North Branch?
Aren't library needs met by the Main Library?
Why not just expand the current building?
Where will the new North Branch Library be built?
What will the new North Branch Library offer?
Why do you need private donations? Didn't we vote in a state bond measure for libraries?
Who is running the Capital Campaign?
How much money has been raised to date?
How long do you anticipate construction of the new North Branch Library will take? When will the new branch open?
Is my contribution tax deductible?
What kind of recognition will be given to North Branch Capital Campaign donors?
Besides donations, how else can I help?
Whom do I contact to make a donation or obtain more information about the Redondo Beach Library Foundation?

Why do we need a North Branch?

The North Branch Library, built in 1949, has less than half the space needed to serve the North Redondo Beach population of approximately 36,000 citizens (including 5,000 children). In addition to the lack of space, challenges with the North Branch library include:
  • An aging building in frequent need of repairs due to structural problems.
  • Overflowing shelves: for every new book added, another book must be eliminated from the collection.
  • Insufficient, antiquated computers and supporting infrastructure.
  • Lack of sufficient seating and study tables.
  • Limited space for children's services, materials and programs.
  • Limited access for people with disabilities.
  • No separate area for literacy training, tutoring or quiet study.
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Aren't library needs met by the Main Library?
The majority of the youth population and schools, as well as increasing numbers of seniors, reside in north Redondo Beach. Moreover, the geography, traffic patterns and transit lines in Redondo Beach make access to the Main Library more difficult for residents in the northern part of the city, especially for children and seniors. The North Branch Library is situated in an ideal location for the residents of north Redondo Beach.

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Why not just expand the current building?
Due to structural problems, expansion of the current building is not cost-feasible.

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Where will the new North Branch Library be built?
The new library will be built at the corner of Green Lane and Artesia Boulevard in Redondo Beach, replacing the current library and Hayward Community Center.

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What will the new North Branch Library offer?
The new library will be nearly three times the size of the current building and will feature:
  • Expanded technology and computers
  • A larger collection of books, magazines, research materials and audiovisual materials.
  • Expanded reference collection and online databases.
  • Children's programs and story area.
  • Comfortable reading and study areas.
  • Tutoring/study rooms.
  • A modern and accessible community meeting room.
  • Foreign language and ESL (English as a Second Language) materials.
  • Improved disabled access.
  • Teen area and young adult collection.
  • Special preschool/picture book area.
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Why do you need private donations? Didn't we vote in a state bond measure for libraries?
The estimated costs for the construction of the North Redondo Beach Library are $4.7 million and so far $2.5 million has been raised. In 2004, the Redondo Beach Public Library applied for $2.6 million in state bond money in the third and final cycle of the Bond Act of 2000. The available funding could only accommodate 14% of the requested funding. Unfortunately, Redondo Beach was not awarded a grant, and voters did not support a similar Bond Act in the 2006 elections. As a result, private donations and city monies are needed to raise the additional approximate $2.2 million needed.

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Who is running the Capital Campaign?
The Capital Campaign task force is co-chaired by former Redondo Beach Councilwoman Marilyn White and Former Redondo Beach School Board Member and retired City Manager Paul Connolly. An executive committee of 12 active community leaders and a group of campaign volunteers expected to exceed 150 support the campaign co-chairs.

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How much money has been raised to date?
More than $2.5 million has been raised for the new North Branch Library.

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How long do you anticipate construction of the new North Branch Library will take? When will the new branch open?
Once ground is broken, construction will be completed in approximately 18 months.

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Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes. The Federal Tax ID number for the Redondo Beach Library Foundation is 95-4507221. If you choose to make a donation to the North Branch Library Capital Campaign, those contributions can be paid over a three-year period.

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What kind of recognition will be given to North Branch Capital Campaign donors?
There will be a variety of opportunities for recognition of your donation. Please contact the Library Foundation for more information.

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Besides donations, how else can I help?
Contact the Library Foundation if you would like to contribute your time, talent and energy to continuing to improve Redondo Beach's libraries.

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Whom do I contact to make a donation or obtain more information about the Redondo Beach Library Foundation?
Contact the Library Foundation Office at (310) 937-6676 or via email at info@rblf.org

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