The Friends Corner Bookshop now carries “Snappy” tee shirts and backpacks.
Youth tees are $12.00
Adult tees are $15.00
Backpacks are $15.00
Stop by and get yours before they are gone!

***No Bees Please

OF SPECIAL NOTE: FRIDAY APRIL 4: Local Palma grad and author, Brian Courrejou, will talk about his book: NO BEES PLEASE! at the First Friday Art Walk—hear him speak and get a copy of the book at Salinas City Hall 5:30pm-7:30pm; copies are also available in The Friends Bookshop at JS Library.

467722_orig-150x150The Little Libraries project, which promotes having small Book Stations around the city, was awarded a grant by The Monterey County Big Idea Program. Books stations are placed so that residents can Read One/ Give One, a free book exchange in neighborhoods. The project, inspired by our library, was recently chosen by Leadership Salinas to be a project assisted by one of their leadership teams. At the moment we are exploring the need (or not) for permitting by the city, and the need for extremely strong installation posts. Several people have come forward asking to be stewards for Little Libraries in a nearby neighborhood park. We are looking to establish 5 or 6 of book stations to start. We are also examining ways to begin to stock the Little Libraries, the size of large birdhouses, with books. If you have interest in this project, please contact Mary Alicia at


Girl Rising

Plans are moving forward for a community wide screening of Girl Rising in Sept. 2014 at Sherwood Hall or a similar venue; the Films with Friends committee, working with the Salinas Public Library and IMPOWER is busy gathering sponsors to help make this free event a very special occasion. Plans are to show the film and afterward, have a panel of girls and young women speak to the audience about their personal experiences in facing life-challlenges, overcoming them and moving forward to have successful, productive lives. Sponsors will have the opportunity for booths and tables in the theater lobby. Refreshments will also be served following the screening. For more information on sponsorship or the film event itself, email: For information about the film:


Click here to see pictures of our recent events such as the 104th birthday celebration of the library and the movie celebration of summer reading.


Sidewalk sale

The Friends Bookshop SIDEWALK SALES will be held the first Saturday of each month. 10am – 3pm on the front lawn of the John Steinbeck Library. All books are 50 cents. – what a bargain! Become a member or renew your membership for $20 and receive a bag and free fill up.

Look for the BOOKSHOP SALE TODAY signs outside JS Library on SIDEWALK SALE SATURDAYS!