Plans to move forward with the new North Branch Library were officially approved at the June 17th City Council meeting! Look for a groundbreaking ceremony in early 2009. Nice work everyone!
Save the Date
The 4th Annual Puttin' on the Ritz event will be held Saturday, October 25, 2008 and returns to the Historic Redondo Beach Library at Veterans Park. We'll be posting details as they become available so please check back!
Dolphin Dash Sales
Springfest marks the kick-off of dolphin sales for the 3rd Annual Dolphin Dash! Springfest will be held April 24 through April 27, 2008 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
Puttin' on the Ritz
The 3rd Annual Puttin' on the Ritz event will be held Saturday, October 27, 2007 at the Venezia Italian Grill Restaurant on Harbor Drive. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Beverly Bodkin at 310-539-6102.
Foundation to Host Community Book Fair and Summer Fun Expo
The public is invited to "let the book bugs bite" this summer at the Redondo Beach Library Foundation's Scholastic Book Fair and Summer Fun Expo. The event will take place from 10 AM - 8 PM on Friday, June 23; and from 10 AM - 6 PM on Saturday, June 24, in the Hayward Community Center at the Redondo Beach North Branch Library, 2000 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach. The event is sponsored by the Redondo Beach Library Foundation to raise funds to build a new North Branch Library.
The Book Fair will feature a wide variety of books and educational products, including newly-released works, award-winning titles, children's classics and more. The event will also include an Expo and raffle featuring local businesses and organizations that provide summer recreational and learning opportunities for children.
Raffle tickets to win summer camp scholarships, or "camperships," can be purchased during the event for $1.00 each, or 6 tickets for $5.00. The "camperships" were made possible through the generous support of the following companies:Rebecca Sargent Elected President of Redondo Beach Library Foundation
Art Zone Children's Studio
Dawn's Dance Camp
Redondo School of Dance & Music
SCORE! Educational Centers
Sew Creative Cafe
Soul Performance Skate/Surf/Kite Board Shop.
The event will also feature a special family event, "Camp Read A Book: Let the Book Bugs Bite!" from 7:30 - 8 PM on Friday, June 23, at the North Branch Library. Children and their caregivers are encouraged to bring their flashlights and sleeping bags to this camping-themed Story Time to enjoy stories told by local author Claudia Ballinger.
In addition to the camping Story Time, The Boy Scouts will give a short demonstration starting at 6 PM on Friday, June 23, at the North Branch.
On Saturday, June 24, there will be Story Times throughout the day during the Book Fair (10 AM - 6 PM). Children will also be able to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and a Berenstain Bear.
"The Scholastic Book Fair and Expo brings the community together to celebrate reading and learning," says Redondo Beach Library Foundation President Becky Sargent. "It also provides an excellent opportunity for community members to contribute to the effort to build a new North Branch Library."
A pdf of the event flyer can be downloaded here.
The Redondo Beach Library Foundation is pleased to announce that Rebecca Sargent has been elected President of the Board. Sargent has been a Redondo Beach resident for over 35 years, has a background in law, and recently completed 24 years as a Board Member of the Redondo Beach Unified School District.
"I'm honored to be a part of the Library Foundation," says Sargent. "My background in education has shown me why our library system is so important. Many of society's challenges are caused by low literacy; that's why it's essential to have up-to-date community resources such as our Redondo Beach libraries."
In her new position, Sargent will focus on three major areas: fund-raising to build a new Redondo Beach North Branch Library; new programs to foster high levels of literacy and a love of learning; and community awareness for both Redondo Beach libraries.
Sargent is particularly excited about the prospect of a new library in north Redondo Beach. "The community surrounding the North Library deserves a modern facility that will serve everyone well - from pre-schoolers to senior citizens. Many families do not have up-to-date computers, others have no computers at all. A new library with the latest technology can be their connection to the world and instrumental to their future success."Local Family's Garage Sale Raises Funds for a New North Branch Library
Said Mike Halloran, former President of the Redondo Beach Library Foundation Board, "We are delighted that Becky has accepted this challenge of leading our Board and providing a fresh, new perspective on the role of libraries in our community."
Katie Mapula (age 5), along with her brothers Sammy (age 12) and Joey (age 9), hosted a fundraiser yard sale to show their appreciation for the Redondo Beach North Branch Library. They raised $138.15, which they donated to the Library Foundation's North Branch Library construction fund. The children were inspired by their grandmother, Thildy Arnold, who has used the North Branch Library with her family for the past 40 years.
Everyone in the community can help build a new, modern library in North Redondo Beach! The Mapula family -- grandmother Thildy Arnold, mother Denise and 12-year-old Sammy, 9-year-old Joey and 5-year-old Katie -- is just one example of how Redondo Beach residents can make a difference. This family recently held a yard sale, generating $138 towards the building of a new facility.
Said Thildy Arnold, "I came here from a small town in Switzerland, where there were no libraries. Because we have so many libraries in this country, people sometimes take them for granted --- it's hard for us to understand what life would be like without them. Libraries are important to instill a love of reading, expand our horizons, and provide opportunities to everyone regardless of their situation in life."
Arnold and her family have lived on Ripley Avenue in North Redondo Beach for 40 years. She and her three children made the several-mile walk to the North Branch Library at least once a week, checking out books and attending reading programs. Arnold now takes her three grandchildren to this library just as she did with her own children. Says grandson Joey, "We have really enjoyed the wonderful programs the library offers, as well as the books, arts & crafts, magic shows, and other fun stuff. So we decided to show our appreciation and have a fundraiser."
The family planned the yard sale for over a month. During the event, the whole family talked to everyone who came by, encouraging sales, reminiscing about their library experiences, and telling them about the need for a new library. They also handed out reading program schedules and pamphlets for the fund-raising campaign.
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