Santa Maria Public Library System receives $7,500 grant for bilingual books

From Santa Maria Times

“The Santa Maria Public Library System has received a $7,500 grant to purchase bilingual children’s books for the main library and all branch library locations from the California State Library’s Immigrant Alliance Project.The books will be printed in both English and Spanish to help meet the needs of families in various local communities. They will be geared to children in prekindergarten through sixth grade with the intention of promoting family reading, literacy and language skills.According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Factfinder, in Santa Maria as many as 58 percent of residents speak Spanish at home, and in Guadalupe and Cuyama as many as 64 percent of residents speak Spanish at home.The bilingual English/Spanish books will be purchased for public libraries in Santa Maria, Orcutt, Los Alamos, Guadalupe and Cuyama and available to check out by the end of August.”