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CLA Partners with Stand for the Redwoods Campaign in 2018

California Library Association is proud to be a Centennial Partner and Stand for the Redwoods with the Save the Redwoods League. To celebrate 100 years of redwoods conservation, the League is launching multiple initiatives that extend current programs and break new ground toward fulfilling the three elements of the organization’s mission: to Protect, Restore and Connect. CLA will collaborate with the Save the Redwoods League to invite California libraries and community members to connect to the peace and beauty of the California redwoods.

Below are a few of the library-related programs, resources, and activities that CLA will be helping to shape and share throughout 2018. Look for more information early this year about the #Stand4Redwoods contests, park passes, library program ideas, the Reading the Redwoods online contest, connecting to the Reading Takes You Everywhere summer reading theme, and celebrating the Centennial Celebration week with library programs for the whole family in October 2018.

JANUARY & MONTHLY: Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks
In collaboration with California State Parks, the League is now offering free day-use admission to more than 40 redwood state parks on the on the second Saturday of every month throughout 2018. The first Free Second Saturday is January 13. More than 16,000 free vehicle day-use passes are available in 2018 across more than 40 parks. The passes cover day-use admission and parking fees and must be downloaded in advance from League staff will also host free guided hikes at select parks. Passes and details are at Space is limited.

On January 23, the League will launch an online guide to all redwoods parks in California, which includes trip-planning tips to more than 100 parks and places.

MARCH-MAY: Reading the Redwoods Contest
From March 10 through May 10, school children K-5 around the United States are invited to participate in a nationwide reading contest. With author T.A. Barron (The Ancient One and Atlantis and Merlin sagas) as program ambassador, young readers will discover stories of adventure, mystery and friendship, along with weekly prize packages and a grand prize at the end of the contest.

APRIL: Sustaining Grandeur Exhibition at The Bancroft Library
Opening on April 20, this exhibition explores the League's first century of protecting California’s redwood forests and looks forward to the care the League will provide these unique landscapes in the future. The exhibit draws from historical League documents, photographs, correspondence and campaign materials in the Bancroft’s archive. The show is sponsored by The Friends of the Bancroft Library and the League.

APRIL: Stand for the Redwoods on Earth Day San Francisco
On April 21, the 46th annual Earth Day SF Street Festival will be themed “Stand for the Redwoods, Stand for the Future.” At the center of this event, which draws roughly 10,000 participants each year, will be the Save the Redwoods Speaker Tent, with individual and panel discussions on such topics as climate change, conservation, recycling and others.

SUMMER: Reading Takes You Everywhere/Stand for the Redwoods Reading Program
The California Library Association’s 2018 summer reading program entitled “Reading Takes You Everywhere” will include Stand for the Redwoods-themed materials for libraries around the state to incorporate into their programs and outreach.

OCTOBER: Stand for the Redwoods Festival
The League and its partners will offer multiple events in the Bay Area and beyond in October 2018. The capstone celebration will be the Stand for the Redwoods Festival, a day-long outdoor festival, free to the public, on Sunday, October 14 in San Francisco. Festival and partner event details will be announced at a later date.

About the Save the Redwoods League
Established in 1918, the Save the Redwoods League has protected more than 200,000 acres of majestic redwood forests in California and helped to create 66 redwood parks and preserves. The League has pioneered innovative, science-based forest-restoration techniques and touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people by connecting them to the marvels of nature throughout the redwood forest. More than 31million people from around the world visit the redwood forest each year.

To learn more about Save the Redwoods League, its Centennial and how to get involved, please visit

To learn more about CLA’s partnership with the Stand for the Redwoods campaign or to share your ideas, please contact:
Julianna Robbins
Program Manager
California Library Association