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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cesar Chavez Library expansion marks turnaround for Salinas (USA)

Six years ago, the city of Salinas faced closing its three libraries because of money shortages - a potentially huge civic embarrassment for the home of acclaimed author John Steinbeck. Now, Salinas is embarking on a $2.9million construction project - partially paid for by sales taxes approved by city voters in November 2005 to save libraries and other public services - to greatly expand Cesar Chavez Library, the city's most heavily used branch. The project, for which the City Council gave the final OK in September, will add 6,000 square feet to the existing 9,100-square-foot East Salinas library. There will be a new literacy center, new entrance, a new check-out space, a local history room for the Alisal community, a new community meeting room, new restrooms and an outdoor performance courtyard

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