Calendar of Things to Do at the Library

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Salem Public Library offers a variety of fun and educational activities for children, teens and adults throughout the year. Some activities require pre-registration.

ADA Statement and Service Accessibility 

These are open, public meetings at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call Library Administration at 503-588-6315 (TTD/TTY 503-588-6439) at least two business days prior to the meeting. 

Declaracionde Personas con Discapacidades (ADA, siglas en ingles) y Accesibilidad al Servicio
Estas son juntas publicas y abiertas en una ubicacion accesible. Alojamientos especiales son disponibles, a pedir, para personas con discapacidades. Servicios pueden ser solicitados para interpretacion del lenguajes de señas u otros lenguajes aparte de ingles. Para solicitar alojamientos o servicios, por favor llame a la Administración de la Biblioteca por 503-588-6315 (TTD/TTY 503-588-6439) al menos dos días laborables antes de la reunión. 

 

​Salem Public Library offers a variety of fun and educational activities for children, teens and adults throughout the year. Some activities require pre-registration. Check the calendar for details or print a monthly calendar of events.

All upcoming Library events
May 19
Let's Talk Books! Virtual Book Club for Adults12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Sign up to receive the Zoom links to participate in the virtual book club! Copies of the eBooks are available in unlimited quantities on Library2Go (the Libby app).* Join us as we discuss the following books:

Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 21: Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller | On Zoom

Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 19: Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn | On Zoom

Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 16: Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad | On Zoom

*OverDrive, the company behind the Oregon Digital Library Consortium's eBook platform Library2Go, has made some eBook titles available for unlimited checkouts through the middle of December 2021. If you're unsure how to download a library eBook through Library2Go, please email [email protected] for detailed instructions or call (503) 588-6315 and leave a message for a library staff member to call you back.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Books Please! Teen Book Discussions5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Each monthly meeting (on Zoom for now) includes trivia questions, talking about the book, and a chance to share ideas for more reading. Book themes will change three times a year, so many types of books will be included. We welcome anyone from one-time visitors to regular monthly participants.

The current theme - chosen by middle and high school readers - is Science Fiction/Dystopia:

5-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 - "Scythe" by Neal Shusterman;

5-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 - "Renegades" by Marissa Meyer

5-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 - "Steelheart" by Brandon Sanderson

Sign up to get a reminder and Zoom login information the day before each meeting.

Phone: 503-588-6315

May 20
Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar9:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.Salem Public Library

Mientras la biblioteca está cerrada al público, comparte el amor de literatura con su familia viendo nuestras SPL Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar. Cada pequeño episodio, lanzado cada jueves, tiene canciones y rimas de algunos de nuestros libros favoritos. Tenemos muchas ganas de verlos en la biblioteca, pero mientras tanto, por favor disfruten de nuestros episodios de Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar desde la seguridad de su propia casa. Visita https://www.facebook.com/@CiudaddeSalemOregon o https://www.facebook.com/spl.oregon/ #splathome

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Art & Jackbox Drawing Games for Teens6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Middle and high school-aged youth are invited to hang out and art together. You can work on your own project or join in as we play the drawing-based games from Jackbox (Tee K-O, Civic Doodle, and Champ'd Up). We'll also have time to share projects and just chat.

Interested? Sign up now and you will get the Zoom ID by email on the day of th e event. (Note - if you've come to past Art Nights, you're already signed up!)

Phone: 503-588-6315

May 21
Bucket of Words: Teen Writing Group4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Our popular teen writing group is now meeting and writing together on monthly Zoom. Meetings include writing prompts for individual or group writing and optional time for sharing. New members are always welcome.

Sign up to get monthly notices about Bucket of Words. You will get the Zoom ID by email the day before each meeting.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Libraries Night Out: Oregon Edition with Eileen Garvin and J. Ryan Stradal 7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Eileen Garvin discusses her new book, The Music of Bees, with J. Ryan Stradal, author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota. Sign up to receive the Zoom link here.

Phone: 503-588-6315

May 22
SPL Storytime at Home9:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.Virtual Meeting

Families are invited to join Youth Services staff online each week for stories, songs, and fingerplays. New online storytimes are published on the library's Facebook page using #splathome each Monday and Saturday in English and Thursday in Spanish.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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May 25
Exploring Together: Generational Differences6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Talk of tension and finger-pointing between generations seems to have reached new heights as the Millennials face off against the Boomers, GenX rolls their eyes at both, and the GenZ throws up their collective hands. Salem Public Library invites members of all generations to talk together about why everyone is so defensive, what we should take the time to understand about each other, and which arguments (maybe all of them?) have merit. In this series of community conversations, staff will act as facilitators and work to establish a respectful and supportive space for everyone to contribute their thoughts, share questions, and explore the ideas from the readings and videos. Each of the three discussions will have its own focus:

  • Session 1: Economic Alterations (April 27)
  • Session 2: Environmental Impacts (May 25)
  • Session 3: Parenting & Lifestyles (June 22)

We ask that you prepare for these discussions by reading or watching at least one entry from the suggested resources list. Sign up to see the list and receive Zoom login information by email on the morning of the discussion.

Phone: 503-588-6315

May 27
Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar9:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.Salem Public Library

Mientras la biblioteca está cerrada al público, comparte el amor de literatura con su familia viendo nuestras SPL Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar. Cada pequeño episodio, lanzado cada jueves, tiene canciones y rimas de algunos de nuestros libros favoritos. Tenemos muchas ganas de verlos en la biblioteca, pero mientras tanto, por favor disfruten de nuestros episodios de Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar desde la seguridad de su propia casa. Visita https://www.facebook.com/@CiudaddeSalemOregon o https://www.facebook.com/spl.oregon/ #splathome

Phone: 503-588-6315

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May 29
SPL Storytime at Home9:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.Virtual Meeting

Families are invited to join Youth Services staff online each week for stories, songs, and fingerplays. New online storytimes are published on the library's Facebook page using #splathome each Monday and Saturday in English and Thursday in Spanish.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Learn more

May 31
Memorial Day Observance

City offices, Center 50+, and the Salem Public Library will be closed for the holiday observance.

Jun. 03
Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar9:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.Salem Public Library

Mientras la biblioteca está cerrada al público, comparte el amor de literatura con su familia viendo nuestras SPL Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar. Cada pequeño episodio, lanzado cada jueves, tiene canciones y rimas de algunos de nuestros libros favoritos. Tenemos muchas ganas de verlos en la biblioteca, pero mientras tanto, por favor disfruten de nuestros episodios de Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar desde la seguridad de su propia casa. Visita https://www.facebook.com/@CiudaddeSalemOregon o https://www.facebook.com/spl.oregon/ #splathome

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Jun. 04
Rhys Thomas, Jugglemania11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

The entire family is invited to a zany treat in which JuggleMania teams up with Stunteddy and a few good books to Zoom you a show full of hilarity and dexterity. Sign up to receive a Zoom invitation.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Jun. 05
SPL Storytime at Home9:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.Virtual Meeting

Families are invited to join Youth Services staff online each week for stories, songs, and fingerplays. New online storytimes are published on the library's Facebook page using #splathome each Monday and Saturday in English and Thursday in Spanish.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Learn more

Jun. 10
Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar9:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.Salem Public Library

Mientras la biblioteca está cerrada al público, comparte el amor de literatura con su familia viendo nuestras SPL Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar. Cada pequeño episodio, lanzado cada jueves, tiene canciones y rimas de algunos de nuestros libros favoritos. Tenemos muchas ganas de verlos en la biblioteca, pero mientras tanto, por favor disfruten de nuestros episodios de Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar desde la seguridad de su propia casa. Visita https://www.facebook.com/@CiudaddeSalemOregon o https://www.facebook.com/spl.oregon/ #splathome

Phone: 503-588-6315

Learn more