Library Cards Combat Gang Violence In California

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The same library system that its community saved from closing completely in 2005, is now pushing a literacy campaign that would make the city the first in the country to require every student to have a library card.

“The libraries are really one of our best weapons on the prevention side to make sure we get as many young people out to the right start in life,” Mayor Donohue of Salinas said.

This particular public library has symbolic importance because Salinas was the hometown of John Steinbeck, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature and one of California’s most famous authors.

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