Friday, April 29, 2011


Join us for dinosaurs in the library. Use your imagination and best dinosaur growl and join the library with puzzles, games and Jurassic action figures. The "Play and Learn" event is for parents and children ages 3 to 7. Join us May 3rd at the Cesar Chavez Library, May 4th at the John Steinbeck Library and May 17th at the El Gabilan Library from 3:30- 5:30.

Spotlight: Georgia Perez

Centers for Disease Control. Animated Eagle Book Series. The Eagle Books are a series of four books that are brought to life by wise animal characters, Mr. Eagle and Miss Rabbit, and a clever trickster, Coyote, who engage Rain That Dances and his young friends in the joy of physical activity, eating healthy foods, and learning from their elders about traditional ways of being healthy. Animated versions of the four books bring the characters to life. Narrated by author Georgia Perez and voiced by children and adults from the Standing Rock Sioux tribal nation, the animated versions provide an interactive tool to engage children in activities and discussions about healthy eating, and the joy of being active while looking to traditional ways to stay healthy and prevent type 2 diabetes.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Soccer @ the Cesar Chavez Library!

Join Rodrigo and David outside the library for an afternoon of soccer. No experience is necessary, so come in comfortable clothes and shoes for fun and to learn ball handling, techniques, and formation of the game. Ages 8-14. Please read more for additional information.

Thanks to support from Parks and Recreation the Library and Community Services Department is happy to announce regular afternoons of free soccer clinics for children in Salinas at the Cesar Chavez Library. Salinas Futbol Central has supplied balls for participants to use, and the clinics will be run from community players and athletes from California State University Monterey Bay. The classes are for children 8-14 who want to learn the basics of ball handling, structure of the game, and have an opportunity for scrimmage and game play. No experience is required, but its highly suggested those interested come with soccer cleats, shin guards, and shorts if they are able to, and if not, something comfortable to play in. The classes are free of charge.

For more information, or for any questions regarding the program please call Carissa Purnell at 758-7419 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Snappy Drawing Contest

Pickup an official entry form at any Salinas Public Library beginning March 24th. Contest ends April 7th. Participants must be 17 years old or younger. Prize winners will be announced at Snappy's Birthday Bash at the John Steinbeck Library, 4:00pm on Saturday, April 12th. This event is free and open to the public, so join us!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Festival of Storytelling

The Salinas Union High School District and The Salinas Public Library are presenting the Festival of Storytelling, an incredible opportunity to experience stories from the Ohlone/ Costanoan- Esselen Nation and the Michahai- Wuksachi Tribe.

Friday April 8th @ 7:00PM
Saturday April 9th @ 2:00 PM

At the Salinas Performning Arts Center located at 726 South Main Street in Salinas.

For more information contact Mike Roddy at 796-7000.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at the Cesar Chavez Library
It's the year of the Rabbit! Join us for a special program to celebrate the 2011 Chinese New Year. This program will include a Chinese Lion Dance, Chinese games for children, a cultural presentation and tastes of Chinese food.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Cars! Trucks! Planes!

Drive, fly, or hike to the library, and have fun with transportational toys – puzzles, games, trucks, and planes! Join library staff, children and families for Learn-n-Play!

January 11 @ El Gabilan Library 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
January 25 @ Cesar Chavez Library 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
January 26 @ John Steinbeck Library 3:30 Pm – 5:30 PM