Salinas Libraries & Librarians Trudge on Through the Holidays

SALINAS, CA : — The good will of library staff helped keep two Salinas libraries from closing their doors on Monday.

Salinas city leaders decided earlier this month to close the libraries the week between Christmas and New Year’s in an effort to save money. The news caused a public outcry, with many community members requesting some libraries stay open while children were out of school for the holidays.

The director of Salinas libraries, Elizabeth Martinez, managed to get enough staff members to work to keep both the John Steinbeck and Cesar Chavez libraries open for most of the week.

Angel Gomez and his dad, Edgar, said keeping the libraries from closing allowed them to look for jobs on Monday.

“It’s a good thing they opened. I found this side job I can do right now,” Edgar Gomez said.