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Children's Room Rejuvenation Updates!

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.

We will continue to provide youth services throughout the renovation.  Staff and collections have relocated to Anderson A on the Plaza level.

Our Storytimes are Temporarily Reduced

Through the month of December, Storytimes will be offered on a more limited basis for the duration of the children's room rejuvenation as follows:

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

Storytimes have currently relocated to the Loucks Auditorium on the main level.

We plan to resume our normal storytime schedule in January 2015.

Boogie Woogie Concert
Eric Ode
2 pm, Saturday, November 8
Loucks Auditorium

Back by popular demand, Eric Ode (pronounced Oh-dee) is a national award winning children’s singer/songwriter, an author and widely published poet, and a thoroughly engaging entertainer. His upbeat, high-participation programs are bubbling over with fun, interactive music and include stories, skits, poetry, props and puppets. Bring the whole family for a rollicking good time! Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis.  All Boogie Woogie concerts are free and open to the public thanks to the support of the Friends of the Salem Public Library.

Coming in January…. Penny’s Puppets – “Snowbrite”

Children's Choice Book Club
Thursday, November 20, 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.

Family Festival of the Arts features
Vikki Gasko Green – Fun with Vikki & Friends
7 p.m. Friday, November 21
Loucks Auditorium

Salem Public Library is pleased to present an audience favorite at the recent Oregon Performer Showcase. Meet Bear and Vikki’s other friends in this fast-paced, fun puppet and ventriloquism show – perfect for the entire family! Vikki has entertained live audiences nationally and internationally with singing, dancing, and acting since the age of five. An award winning ventriloquist, she delights audiences with her unique blend of drama, magic, education, and audience participation.

Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis.  All Family Festival of the Arts shows are free and open to the public thanks to the support of the Friends of the Salem Public Library.

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.

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).

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.



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

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