The city of El Cajon has a diverse community. In the Rancho San Diego section of El Cajon, twenty per cent of the population (9340 people) are Hispanic, 5% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 4% are African American, and 4% (1800) are Other (primarily Middle Eastern). The rest belong to the dominant population group.
In addition, residents come from many faiths and backgrounds. In the San Diego region in general, 21.5% of the population are immigrants from various countries. There are 68 different languages spoken by these groups. Even “educated” people ignorant of or have many misunderstandings about their neighbors.
Among the book titles expected to be on loan:
Homeless; persons struggling with mental illness; Non-English speakers; overweight residents; Hispanics/Latinos; African Americans; Persons struggling with drug or alcohol addiction; Middle Easterners, both Christians and Muslims; GLBTQIA; disabled and blind residents; undocumented immigrants; teenagers; religious affiliates (Jehovah’s witness, born-again Christians).