Carte blanche to literacy in Salinas

From The Californian

” By Oct. 31, the trick is to treat 2,800 Salinas kindergarteners to their first library card.In an attempt to boost children’s literacy rates and instill a love of books and reading, the Salinas Public Library is launching a card campaign in celebration of the American Library Association’s annual Library Card Sign-up Month.And the need to boost reading and literacy skills in this rural community is at a critical stage, educators say, given the latest performance by Salinas children on state standardized tests. A lower percentage of third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders scored in the “exceeded standards” or “met standards” categories on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress test announced last month. Larger percentages of students scored in the “nearly met” and “did not meet” categories, test results show.Nearly as disturbing, only 472 of the thousands of kindergarten-age children in Salinas have a city library card.”