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Fizz, Boom, Read End of Summer Reading Club Blast
Friday August 22 2-4 p.m.
The Peace Plaza (between the library and City Hall) and Anderson Rooms

The end of August marks the time for Summer Reading Club participants to celebrate a summer of fabulous reading on the Library/City Hall Plaza. Registered participants who have completed at least 10 hours of reading or listening in the Summer Reading Club will be invited to join the Youth Services staff and volunteers to celebrate your achievement with a BLAST! Those who have read 20 hours or more are invited to stop at the Library Anderson Rooms between 1 and 4 p.m. to choose your free book.

The Summer Reading Club is made possible by the Oregon State Ready to Read grant, the Friends of the Salem Library, and many local businesses.  Please thank our sponsors!

The Children's Room Renovation is happening this Fall!

The Children's area was built nearly 25 years ago.  It is time to spruce things up and align this busy space with the best current youth literacy practices.  During this time of change, the Children's Area will be closed.  Youth Services staff will continue to provide programs and services in a more limited way and in various locations until it is time to move back into the new and improved space.

Beginning September 9th, Storytimes will be moving to the Anderson Rooms on the Plaza level of the library.

See to Read Vision Screenings
11 a.m. Tuesday, September 9 & Saturday, September 13
Anderson Rooms A & B

Early detection of vision problems helps ensure children entering school are ready to read.  Families are invited to participate in free vision screenings for children aged 3 - 7, provided through a partnership between Oregon Elks, Lions, and the Oregon Library Association.  The screenings will immediately follow our preschool storytimes.

Read to a Pet
September 13*
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Children’s Area

This program offers children a relaxing, non-threatening way to improve their reading skills. Visiting dogs and cats have been trained and certified as therapy animals by Paws for Love and are mellow and friendly. This is a drop-in program, and sign-ups are not necessary.

After September 13th, our Read to a Pet program will be on a hiatus until after the Children's Room Renovation.


Art Starts and Brain Boosters are on a temporary hiatus until after the Children's Room renovation.

"Hook’s Revenge" Party
Saturday, September 20
3-4 pm
Anderson Rooms

Dress like a pirate, talk like a pirate, join us for crafts and fun, as we celebrate all things pirate. Meet special guest Heidi Schulz, local author of the children’s chapter book, Hook’s Revenge, who will autograph copies on sale at the program from The Book Bin.


Stay Tuned for
Star Wars Reads Day!
Saturday, October 11
Details coming soon....

Boogie Woogie Concert
Music is Magic with Greta Pedersen
10:30 am, Tuesday, October 14
Loucks Auditorium

Greta's sparkling voice and spirited performances have charmed audiences from coast to coast.  Young children and their favorite grown-ups will enjoy her warm and humorous songs accompanied by guitar, lap dulcimer, or harmonica. This wonderful collection of original and traditional songs, includes audience participation, sign language, and interaction. Doors will open at 10:15 a.m. and seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. All Boogie Woogie concerts for young children are free and open to the public thanks to the support of the Friends of the Salem Public Library.

This program takes the place of our regularly scheduled Preschool Storytime.

Next Boogie Woogie Concert: Saturday November 8 at 2 p.m. – Eric Ode



Our monthly Lego Party is on a temporary hiatus until after the Children's Room renovation.

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