Discovery Room hours are subject to volunteer availability. Please call ahead to find out when it will be open.
The Discovery Room offers opportunities for children to problem solve, engage in creative thinking, use their imagination, and learn while playing. The theme of the Discovery Room changes four times a year.
School and daycare groups are encouraged to call or e-mail Youth Services to schedule a special class visit on a Thursday or Friday morning.
Read to a Pet
1-2:30 p.m., Second and Last Saturday of the month
3rd Floor Children’s Area
This program offers a relaxing, non-threatening way for young readers 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.
Youth Services offers periodic free high quality professional performances for families during the school year.
Monthly Lego Parties
2-3:30 p.m., 3rd Saturday of the Month, Story Rooms Floor 3
The Legos are provided, so families only need to bring their imagination for this unstructured creative exercise for ages 4 and up.
Tinker Tech Time
3 - 5 p.m. Thursdays
Library card required
Story Rooms A&B, Floor 3
An afterschool drop-in program. Kids in grades 2 - 5 with an adult are invited to check out Tinker Tech kits every Thursday afternoon for use in the library. There are a limited number of kits available and are first-come, first reserved.
Creative Kids: Afterschool Arts Adventures
4 - 5 p.m. 3rd Thursday of the month
Story Rooms A&B
School aged kids from 2nd-5th grade are invited for an afterschool adventure in arts and crafts the third Thursday of each month September through March. Sign up online or at the Children's Ask Here Desk.
Discovery Kids: Preschool Art and Science
Children ages 3-5 and their grown-ups are invited to share a story and art or science fun in this monthly program that runs from October through March. No sign-ups are necessary.
During the school year, Salem Public Library offers opportunities for parents to spend time with their preschool and elementary age children in a variety of interactive after-school and weekend programs.