Keeping libraries open goal in Steinbeck's hometown

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 04/04/2005 - 12:17

Anonymous Patron writes "The Modesto Bee reported More than 100 people watched the sun rise Sunday as supporters who turned out for a 24-hour read-in to help save the libraries in John Steinbeck's hometown prepared for a culmination march.
"There was quite a few people who spent the night. There were tents set up and people just kept reading all night long," said Mary Mecartney, a national spokeswoman for the United Farm Workers. "The energy is still high here."

Mecartney said supporters came throughout the night to read from their favorite books outside César Chávez library, one of the three libraries scheduled to close because of Salinas budget cuts."