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Children's Room Rejuvenation Updates!
The Children's area was built nearly 25 years ago.  We are sprucing things up and aligning this busy space with the best current youth literacy practices.  Construction is almost complete. Come see our progress - the Children’s Room is now open!
Youth Services staff and materials have all moved back upstairs into the Children's Area.  Furnishings are still to come.  We're hoping to begin story times in our new story room very soon!

Story times are still on a reduced schedule, but will resume with a full slate in January 2015.

Through the end of December, storytimes are currently as follows:

Preschool Storytime - Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Lapsit Storytime - Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Cuentos en espanol - Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Children's Choice Book Club
Thursday, December 18, 4 - 5 pm
Location: Plaza Room

Kids in grades 2 to 4 are invited to read each of the books for the 2014-2015 Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Book Club, and participate in our monthly after-school book club.

Register online, in person at the Youth Services Desk, or by calling 503-588-6088 for this group that offers lively discussion, games and crafts.

3rd Annual Mitten Tree
December 2 to January 4
Anderson A
(moving to Children's Room in mid-December)

Help to decorate the Mitten Tree by bringing new or gently used mittens, hats, scarves, socks, and other warm fuzzy things to benefit children and families in need in Salem.  The Mitten Tree will be available to decorate through the beginning of January.


Winter Break Programs in December


Children's Holiday Party
2 pm, Saturday, December 20
Children’s Story Rooms A & B

Make your very own last minute gifts for loved ones, while sharing treats, music, and of course a visit from a special North Pole guest.

Border Collies International
2 p.m. Tuesday, December 23
Loucks Auditorium

Kids and their favorite adults can’t get enough of these amazing athletes.  Greg Gustafson and his border collies (rescue dogs, all), will have dog lovers trying to teach their own pets a few new tricks.

Family Game Day
Wednesday December 24
Children’s Room

Families are invited to drop in to the  Children's area and enjoy a wide variety of board games.



Lego Party
2 p.m. Saturday, December 27
Story Rooms A & B

Legos are back!  Kids with their grown-ups are invited for unstructured Lego play. Legos are provided.

Special Preschool Storytime: Iris Nason
10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 30
Story Rooms A & B

This special storytime will be filled with music, movement and sign-language fun.

New Year's Book Bingo
2 p.m. Wednesday, December 31
Story Rooms A & B

Children are invited to a special New year's version of the library's popular Book Bingo game. Winners get to choose a paperback book to keep.  Pre-readers, bring a reading partner to help you play.

Letters about Literature

Readers in grades 4 through 12 are encouraged to participate in this annual national reading and writing contest. Read a book that is meaningful to you, and write a letter to the author. Download the Guidelines and entry form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Coming in January...

Snuggle Up Reading Club
Sign-ups for the February Club begin Saturday, January 10

Add sparkle to your winter by joining the “Snuggle Up!” Family Reading Club, offered by Salem Public Library during February and March. For the eleventh year, families who read aloud together for at least 15 minutes each and every day for one month will earn a new children’s paperback book for their home library. Families who do so during both February and March will earn an additional paperback book (Limit: 2 books per family).

Sign up in January at the Youth Services Reference desk to receive your official Snuggle up Reading Calendar in which you can mark the days you spend reading aloud together.
Sign-ups for the March Club begin Tuesday, February 9

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