John Steinbeck Library Temporarily Closed
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Temporary Closure
John Steinbeck Library, 350 Lincoln Ave

All libraries will be closed for Labor Day September 1, 2014. We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to a maintenance situation the John Steinbeck Library will be closed an extra day on Tuesday September 2, and will reopen Wednesday September 3rd, 2014. If you need library assistance, please visit one of our other libraries. Regular library hours are still in effect.

For more information and updates call (831)758-7302 or (831) 758-7345.

Begin Your Bibimbap

September 2, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cesar Chavez Library

Come and join the Bibimbap Backpackers as they present the nutritional Korean dish, Bibimbap. There will be a cooking demonstration and an explanation of how to serve the dish and the valuable health benefits of Bibimbap. There will also be a free serving of Bibimbap, courtesy of the Bibimbap Backpackers. To-go servings will also be available.
Local Author Visit - Diane Shute

September 16, 2014
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
John Steinbeck Library

Come meet Diane Shute, local author of the historic novel "After Midnight."

“As far as Alix is concerned, she has no past—she only has today, and her plans for the future: raising a dynamic string of racehorses that will take the 1830s British racing world by storm by storm. Enter Lily, Alix’s estranged twin sister, spoiled, defiant and recently married for money and social status. As Alix is forced into a position that threatens to alter the course of her future, she begins to remember details about the mysterious events surrounding her father’s death when she was a child. When Alix seeks her uncle’s help, it sparks his dangerous return to France to reclaim the lives they left behind long ago.”
Thank You, Summer Readers!

Thank you Readers for another successful summer reading program! 2735 readers signed up and 2511 free books were given as prizes. Also, a BIG THANK YOU to the Friends of the Salinas Public Library for sponsoring the program.
Author Visit - DS Kane

September 23, 2014
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
John Steinbeck Library

DS Kane, author of the "Spies Lie" trilogy, will be at the John Steinbeck Library this month.

DS Kane worked as a covert operative for more than a decade. Now, he’s writing fiction that exposes the way intelligence agencies craft lies to sway and manipulate their national policy, driving countries into dangerous conflicts.
Children's Author - Keiko Suzuki Freeland

September 27, 2014
11:00 am
John Steinbeck Library

Keiko Suzuki Freeland is a children's author that wrote, "Mom, I Want to Tell You Something..." This story is a delightful picture book about things that happen every day at home with young children. It shows how a parent's speech and behavior can affect how a young child feels, and how some kids hide how sad they are by an event that happens at home. This book is a good one to read to help open up dialogue between parent and child over difficult subjects to talk about.
New Homebound Services
The Salinas Public Library is pleased to introduce its new Homebound program, which provides library services to Salinas residents who are unable to visit the library because of:
  • Short or Long-term illness
  • Non-driver status (Senior)
  • Physical Challenge
  • Visual Disabilities

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Why homebound service?
    A: The library's mission is to offer access to quality materials and programs to assist community residents of all ages in meeting their personal, educational, and professional information needs. This program lets us fulfill our mission and serve the community better by offering our services to residents who, for various reasons, are unable to visit the library.

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    Writers Workshop with Jimmy Santiago Baca

    September 8 - 12 & 15-19
    4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Poet and author Jimmy Santiago Baca will conduct a free, 10 day class exploring different ways to create a compelling memoir. Open to residents of Salinas, California, 18 years and older. There are a limited number of spaces. To apply, submit an application at any Salinas Library by 6pm, August 18, 2014 with a short one-page narrative explaining why you are interested in this class. Applications are available at all Salinas Libraries, or by email request sent to Garland Thompson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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