of the Salinas Public Library (FOSPL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public-benefit
organization of volunteers which provides financial contributions to the City of
Salinas Library system. FOSPL funds programs and purchases not within the
Library budget. FOSPL also works to create public awareness of and community
support for the Library system and its literacy programs.
FOSPL was founded in 1978. The organization began its fund-raising Annual Book
Sales in 1996 on the lawn of the El Gabilan Library. Books were divided
into ‘fiction’ and ‘nonfiction’ and left in boxes on the ground. That first
sale raised about $300. The Annual Sale has grown enormously and moved to
the Salinas Recreation Center. Over 20,000 books in 36 categories are sold
in the 2-day sale, which usually raises over $10,000.
Fall 2000, FOSPL nearly disbanded; a number of key officers and active members
had either died or moved out of the area. Dave Nordstrand, a member and
columnist for The Californian, wrote a feature article on the impending
demise and called for new members. FOSPL was revived and began its current
phase of activity.
FOSPL was a leading supporter in the
fight to defeat Measure O, a November 2002 ballot measure that would have repealed
the City’s utility users tax, thus cutting the Library’s budget by a third.
The organization sponsored a local seminar on “Nonprofits and Elections” which
was attended by many local nonprofit groups. After the session, FOSPL voted
for the 501(h) election, which will allow it to lobby on behalf of the Library
without losing its nonprofit status.
FOSPL also helped lead Measure V, a half-cent sales tax, to passage in November 2005.
A citizens' oversight committee, the Measure V Oversight Committee, is actively making sure that the funds
collected are spent on libraries and other vital services for Salinas.
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||Executive Committee Member:||Marlys Maher
||Executive Committee Member:||James Williamson
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