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New Library in the Works

We are very proud to announce that the City of Salinas will be building a new branch library very soon to replace the existing El Gabilan Library. The opportunity for a Library system to recreate its space and re-envision its services occurs infrequently so we see this as an important event in the community. In the 21st century, libraries have evolved from being warehouses for books to being anchors within the community, critical community hubs where neighbors can meet and learn from one another. Library users can learn a new language, prepare for the next stage in their career, discover how to become an even better parent, find assistance in building a business, receive homework help, read an amazing story or get information on their health and much, much more. Libraries can truly transform lives

We are seeking the public's feedback on their priorities for this space - its design and its function. Currently, the El Gabilan Library's space is less than 3,500 square feet. The plan is to greatly expand its services and structure. The Library has already begun meeting in small groups with community members for their input, but we are inviting everyone in the community for an afternoon of collaboration around ideas for the new library. As we listen to your ideas, they will be incorporated in the planning and additional community forums will be held to keep everyone up to date. This is YOUR library. I strongly urge you to participate - your input will have a lasting impact on generations to come.

Services at this Library:

  • Almost 30,000 items for all ages available in variety of languages and formats such as books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, and more
  • Reference materials for in-library use, including access to comprehensive database of car repair information
  • Free WiFi
  • Public use computers with internet access and printing capabilities
  • Photocopy machine
  • Children area equipped with early literacy computer stations, children story time and programs
    • Pajama Storytime: Tuesday, 7:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Literacy resources and programs, including Read Grow Play playgroup
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Shelf to Shore program
  • Homebound Services program to provide library services for city of Salinas residence with limited mobility
  • Library staff who can provide assistance locating information, using print and electronic sources,  and choosing books and other materials

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