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Salem Public Library Storytime Live Online

October 8, 2020

Families with toddlers and preschoolers are invited to join Youth Services staff for special LIVE storytimes online the first Saturday of each month. Sign up to receive a Zoom meeting invitation and passcode at

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Virtual Kids Costume Parade at Salem Public Library

October 1, 2020

Hey Kids! It’s time to show off your amazing creativity! Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume, take a picture, and submit it for entry in the library’s 2020 Virtual Costume Parade gallery.

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Virtual Library Still Available While Branches Are Closed

September 28, 2020

Use your library card to access a wide range of online materials through your virtual library

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Curbside Service Available at Salem Public Library at Broadway

September 23, 2020

Salem Public Library now offers contactless Curbside Service, including holds pickup and return of checked out library materials, both by appointment only. Curbside Service appointments are available limited hours Tuesday-Sunday at Salem Public Library at Broadway, 1400 Broadway St NE.

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Summer Reading Club 2020 Prize Pickup Information

July 31, 2020

Prize pickup for children, teens, and adults who completed the the 2020 Summer Reading Club will be by appointment beginning Tuesday, August 18. Prize winner information and details about signing up for a SRC Prize Pickup will be emailed to participants on August 13.

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The Library and COVID-19 - What you need to know

March 18, 2020

Salem Public Library branches are closed for the time being to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading

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CANCELLED - Open House at Salem Public Library at Broadway

March 5, 2020

An Open House for the newly opened Salem Public Library at Broadway is planned from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at SPL at Broadway, 1400 Broadway St. NE. Everyone is welcome to drop in to enjoy treats, crafts, and activities at this opening event and learn more about the interim library, SPL at Broadway.

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Take the March into Non-Fiction Reading Challenge!

March 2, 2020

Do you have what it takes to complete the March into Nonfiction Reading Challenge? Readers and listeners (ages 0 - 18) are invited to read books from a variety of non-fiction categories in March, and earn a free book to keep in April. No registration is necessary. Simply print out a copy of the March into Non-Fiction reading log, find a few good non-fiction titles, and begin reading!

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Library: New Location, New Hours

February 13, 2020

Salem Public Library at Broadway, 1400 Broadway St NE, opens Tuesday, February 18. Located on the corner of Broadway and Hood, SPL at Broadway offers books, music, DVDs, and public computer access for children, teens, and adults. The building is equipped with a book drop, free wifi, a 61-space parking lot, and a bicycle rack.

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Best Books of 2019 list now available

February 3, 2020

Meet Salem Public Library’s Best Books 2019 – an annual list that celebrates books of interest to adult readers, as nominated by library patrons and staff combined with picks from critics and the publishing world. The list includes 104 highly appealing fiction and nonfiction picks, cluing in readers to top and indie picks they might have missed. Copies are available to view or print online or to pick up at a Salem Public Library location.

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Salem Public Library at Broadway
In the interest of public health, both Salem Public Library locations - Salem Public Library at Broadway and the West Salem Library Branch – are temporarily closed to the public to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

No-contact Curbside Service for hold pickup and return of checked out library materials is available by appointment only:

Virtual Library services are available 24/7. Learn more about how to download free ebooks, eaudiobooks, and movies, do research, find information, study, and live chat with librarians at:
1400 Broadway ST NE
Salem OR 97301
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