Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ebooks, Netflix, and Library Building Projects (Part 100, Cesar Chavez Branch, Salinas Public Library)

Editorial: Full speed ahead on Chavez library expansion. (The Californian, 8/5/2011)

ExcerptThe city's chief librarian welcomes the references from online commenters that the Cesar Chavez branch library is a "day-care center" and "parking lot for strollers."

"If families are coming in, perfect ... That's where we want people. These children will enter kindergarten with twice the vocabulary," said Elizabeth Martinez, library director.

It's too late for naysayers to speak out against the estimated $4.1 million expansion plans for Cesar Chavez Library in east Salinas.

The stage is set. Most of the money is in hand. The City Council is expected to select a contractor for the project on Tuesday. Library officials are hopeful the job will be completed within a year or so. Add our voice to the chorus of supporters for this important and necessary public project.

The library will grow by 6,000 square feet to a total of 15,100. It will feature technological and architectural improvements including a teen digital-arts hub, local history room and a specialized literacy and homework room. The expansion job also will provide more seating and meeting space

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