Salinas: Digital NEST to launch at Cesar Chavez Library

From The Californian

” Jacob Martinez hopes to bring a bit of Silicon Valley to Salinas, and he’s doing that by launching his already successful Digital NEST program in Salinas.Digital NEST, a tech workspace that trains and mentors young people aged 14 to 24 in technology, is launching a pilot program as early as March 2017, according to Martinez, executive director and founder of Digital NEST.It will be housed at the Cesar Chavez Library in east Salinas, a community that is known for a higher number of underprivileged households and crime.The program is being funded by agricultural companies, private donors, the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. The City of Salinas also invested $50,000 as part of the initial launch.”


Standoff Ends Peacefully At John Steinbeck Library

From Watsonville Patch

“A standoff in a Salinas library Thursday between police and man with possible mental health issues ended peacefully after more than four hours.Officers with the Salinas Police Department responded Thursday to the John Steinbeck Library on a report of a man with a gun in his waistband.”

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.”

Salinas Paletero Cart Offers Food for Thought


” In the age of the internet, libraries are in a constant state of reinvention: looking for ways to stay relevant and connect with their communities. In Salinas the public library is trying a new twist on the old bookmobile. It’s a Paletero push cart. Normally they’re kid magnets with their crunchy snacks and namesake paletas (the Spanish word for popsicles). The library’s version seems to be no exception, even though the only thing its peddling is food for thought.”

Salinas: After-school library program a hit

From The Californian

” Bookmarks are a hot commodity at Cesar Chavez Library.Under the library’s new afterschool program called “Bookmark,” bookmarks are rewarded to children who complete a series of select activities. In exchange for the bookmarks, the children earn extra time on the computer or a field trip. Last month, the top bookmarkers went to see “Zootopia.” This month library staff will take the children to the Salinas Aquatic Center.”

Salinas: A place of learning for everyone

From The Californian

” Diego Guzman works for his uncle’s landscaping company but has dreams and aspirations of someday working in the music industry.Before that can happen, the 20-year-old Salinas resident who recently moved back from Mexico wants to complete the high school equivalency exam.Guzman is doing just that with help from the Salinas Public Library Literacy Center.”

New Salinas librarian hopes to also fight crime


” When Cary Siegfried first visited California 37 years ago as an 18-year-old high school graduate, she made a promise to return. Now 55, Siegfried is back to serve as Salinas’ chief librarian.”The key is showing all kids can be successful in school and that there is pathway out of poverty, out of that life of gang violence. You’ve got to show them what the possibilities are,” Siegfried said. In a city that saw a record 40 murders last year, her strategy could be key.”