Monterey County: Six years after tiny San Lucas library closed, a new one – plus a sheriff’s office – break ground.

From Monterey County Now

“Talking loudly was the least of librarians’ concerns at the San Lucas Library, where graffiti became a nearly constant problem and librarians regularly found footprints on tables – and the ceiling. Eventually a sheriff’s deputy took to the library as a de facto field office.“It really changed the whole tone, simply from [deputies] hanging out at the library,” says Jayanti Addleman, director of Monterey County Free Libraries. “In many small communities, we are the community center.” When the San Lucas library closed in 2010 for repairs, it looked like it would be a temporary loss for the community of 250. But it’s now been more than six years: The building was beyond repair, and the soil was contaminated from earlier oil tank storage.”