Library Book Lists

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​Salem Public Library offers various lists designed to help readers find a great new idea for what to read. Printed lists are available to pick up at the library or you can download and print PDF versions from home.

Best Books of 2018 Brochure 4989 KB
Best Books of 2019 Brochure7220 KB
Best Books of 2020 Brochure13069 KB
Salem Reads 2021: If You Liked Walking With Peety568 KB
#OwnVoices1293 KB
Book Rave 2020 – Best Books for Teens1463 KB
Christian Fiction305 KB
Classics – Contemporary469 KB
Classics – Traditional984 KB
Fantasy703 KB
Gay Lit for Teens624 KB
Good Clean Fun – Gentle Reads for Teens422 KB
Graphic Rave 2019 – Best Graphic Novels for Teens1405 KB
Lesbian Lit for Teens638 KB
Mysteries832 KB
Non-Fiction616 KB
Oregon Authors1147 KB
Realistic Fiction1232 KB
Romance407 KB
Scary Stories1090 KB
Science Fiction455 KB
Teen Top Ten Winners 2020 - from the Young Adult Library Services408 KB
These Amazing Books: Recommendations from the SPL Teen Advisory Board863 KB
Transgender, Bisexual, and Asexual Characters850 KB
Winners of the Annual Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction (Printz Winners 2000-2020)397 KB
2020 Best Books for Youth9569 KB
All Kinds of Feelings - Picture Books560 KB
Best Bets for 2nd and 3rd Grade Readers525 KB
Best Bets for 4th to 6th Grader Readers257 KB
Black Lives - Stories for Preschoolers568 KB
Building Empathy451 KB
Celebrating Diversity298 KB
Children's Fantasy535 KB
Children's Humor202 KB
Concept Books676 KB
First Day of School 352 KB
Five Kinds of Non-fiction598 KB
One World Many Stories362 KB
Oregon Battle of the Books 2021-22 (Grades 3-5)137 KB
Reading Up - Chapter Books for Preschoolers478 KB

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Salem Public Library
Salem Public Library
Express Service Hours (appointments encouraged; library building open to the public):

Wednesday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Curbside Service Hours (by appointment only; library building closed to the public):
Tuesday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 12-3 p.m.


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Salem OR 97301
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301
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