2019 Salem Reads Kicks Off offers events, activities throughout February

‚ÄčThe third annual Salem Reads: One Book, One Community kicks off from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 29 at Salem Public Library. On Opening Night, you can enjoy works of art created by local professional artists inspired by the book, Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton and pick up a free copy of the 2019 Salem Reads book! The Salem Public Library Foundation will give away 400 copies of the book, with one available to each library cardholder while supplies last. The book can also be checked out from Salem Public Library or purchased at the Friends Book Store, the Salem Book Bin, and the Reader's Guide.

Salem Reads: One Book, One Community continues through February, offering an exciting series of events and activities that ends with the appearance of the author, Lily Brooks-Dalton, at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 28 in Loucks Auditorium. That event is free and open to the public.

Download and view the complete calendar of events or join our email list to get weekly reminders of events throughout February.

The Salem Public Library Foundation chose Good Morning Midnight because the book has many dimensions to spark broad community engagement, including: science education, climate change, species extinction, isolation, living in extreme environments, and disaster preparedness.

Good Morning, Midnight is the story of staff at an Arctic research station ordered to evacuate when they receive news of a catastrophe. Elderly scientist Augustine chooses to stay behind and is cut off from communication with the outside world. Sullivan, an astronaut returning from Jupiter, loses all contact with Mission Control. Struggling to survive, they review memories of people they have loved and lost, and choices they have made. Against two forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion.

The Salem Public Library Foundation sees Salem Reads as an opportunity to increase the Library's visibility, and act as a catalyst to bring the community together around shared values. The committee selected Good Morning, Midnight because the book has many dimensions that lend to broad community engagement. These include science education, climate change, species extinction, isolation, living in extreme environments, and disaster preparedness. Salem Reads program is distinctive from other similar programs in Oregon in that we are targeting the participation of young people in our high schools by giving classroom sets of Salem Reads books to eight high schools in the area and Chemawa. Our goal is to have a rich multi-generational experience for everyone who participates. We hope you will join us!

For more information please contact the Salem Public Library Foundation via email or by calling 503-588-6183.  

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