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Start your family history project using the genealogy resources available at Salem Public Library's Main Library, 585 Liberty ST SE. The library hosts the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society (WVGS) and their collection to assist users in this type of research. ​WVGS volunteers are available during some open hours to assist library users at no cost.

Willamette Valley Genealogical Society also hosts free programs of interest genealogists, such as a speaker, seminar, or workshop.  To learn more about WVGS and any plans for upcoming programs, visit their website.

For an obituary look-up or specific research, contact WVGS by mail or email.

By Mail:             Willamette Valley Genealogical Society

                             P.O. Box 2083

                             Salem, OR 97308-2083

By Email:          [email protected]

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May 30
City Holiday

Some City offices closed for holiday observance.

May 31
In-Person Family Storytime11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.Loucks Auditorium
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Youth Services staff are very excited to resume in-person storytimes! Early literacy rich storytimes are a great way for children to develop the skills that will prepare them for kindergarten success. The recommended age for these weekly storytimes is 5 and younger. Space is limited to a first-come, first-seated basis. El personal de Servicios para Jóvenes está muy entusiasmado de reiniciar los cuentos en persona. Los cuentos llenos de alfabetización a edad temprana son una gran manera para que los niños desarrollen las habilidades que los preparará para tener éxito en kindergarten. El último martes de cada mes será una edición especial bilingüe en inglés y español. La edad recomendada para estos cuentos semanales es de 5 años o menos. El espacio está limitado y disponible por orden de llegada.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Jun. 02
Fully Booked! Book Club 5:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.Salem Public Library Main Branch

Read and discuss the featured book during our monthly Thursday evening adult book club. Free and open to the public. Copies of the book can be checked out at the first floor "ask here" desk. Meetings will take place in the Collaboration Space on the Plaza Level.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Jun. 03
Craft & Chat: Casual Drop-In Social for Adults11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.Salem Public Library Main Branch
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Crafting is for grown-ups too, not just kids! Adults, you are invited to a series of casual crafty meetups this summer. Connect, create, and relax with other people in an easygoing environment. All supplies for simple crafts will be provided--you just need to bring the conversation!

Phone: 503-588-6315

Jun. 04
Lego Party3:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.Story Rooms A & B
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Kids with their grown-ups are invited for an hour of unstructured Lego play at the library. Legos are provided. Bring your imagination! No sign-ups are necessary.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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