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Craft Event for Teens & Adults

December 11, 2014
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
John Steinbeck Library

A free craft-making session for teens and adults. Do you need a center piece for your holiday dinner? How about making a unique gift? Come and learn how to make a holiday tree from a discarded book.
Vida Diferida (Life, Deferred)

December 13, 2014
1-2pm: Cesar Chavez Library
3-4pm: John Steinbeck Library

A Documentary by Brenda Avila-Hanna. Come join us for an afternoon of watching this amazing documentary! The Director is then going to be on hand for Q&A after the film is aired. Brenda Avila-Hanna: Director, Producer, Cinematography and Editing. Brenda has written and directed several short films in New Mexico and Mexico City. Her short film, "Watch," was the winner for the Best Student Film Award at the 2007 Sin Fronteras Albuquerque Latino Film Festival. She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2008 with a B.A. in Media Arts. She has worked for several years in community outreach programs for bicultural communities in the Albuquerque area. Brenda recently finished an M.A. in Social Documentation at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Teen Filmmaking Workshop

Starts October 3 & 4
Cesar Chavez Library: Fridays, 3-6pm
John Steinbeck Library: Saturdays, 2-5pm

Free filmmaking workshops for teens on Fridays & Saturdays. Teens will learn script writing, directing, production, and editing with Final Cut Pro. Contact Marissa for more information at (831)758-7319. Participation can also count towards community service hours.
Writer's 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 .
Then & Now Photo Contest for Teens

All entries due by July 10, 2014

Winner will receive prize $
Vote for the winner July 10 @ 3:30 pm
John Steinbeck Library

Participants must be teens. All entries must include the recreated photo, and the original photo you are copying. Submit entry by July 10, 2014 @ 3:00 PM. Send your photos via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or bring a hard copy to the information desk at John Steinbeck Library. Your first name or nickname will be posted with the photo. You retain ownership, but grant us the right to host your photos on the website, display it in the library, and via social media (Instagram, Facebook, etc.). Come and vote for the winning photo, which will be selected July 10, 2014 @ 3:30 PM. Prize: $ Visa gift card $ will be awarded. A Summer Reading Teen Program sponsored by Friends of the Salinas Public Library.

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