Salinas to cut library hours

Hrere’s A New SPin on the ongoing Salinas Saga. Salinas officials are cutting library hours starting next week because so many employees have resigned in anticipation of library closures.

Beginning Tuesday, John Steinbeck Library, the city’s largest branch, and the Cesar Chavez branch in East Salinas will be open four days a week, for 18 hours a week at each site. El Gabilan Library, the city’s smallest branch, will be open three days a week for a total of 13 hours. Each branch is currently open 32 hours a week.

“I know this is difficult for the public and this is difficult for the staff too,” said Jan Neal, manager of the Steinbeck Library. “We really have squeezed as much public service out of the staff as we can without being unrealistic as far as our staffing works.”