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Learn about what’s going on, find free activities, and read the latest news from the Salem Public Library.

Book chosen for 2022 Salem Reads

May 27, 2021

After tallying the many votes of readers in our community, we have a winner for the 2022 Salem Reads book: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. A Tale for the Time Being is available to read or listen to in preparation for Salem Reads in February 2022.

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Library of Things Community Survey

May 14, 2021

Salem Public Library is creating a Library of Things and we need your help! What special items would you be most interested in checking out? Tell us through our Library of Things Community Survey, open now until June 1.

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Library Design-Build Team Shares Career Experience with Students

April 30, 2021

Event offers bridge between concepts and careers

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Food for Fines Returns - May 1-15

April 21, 2021

Salem Public Library’s Food for Fines returns for its second year of its no-contact virtual program, still benefiting Marion Polk Food Share, Salem Public Library, and your community. For every $1 donated to Marion Polk Food Share, Salem Public Library will reduce library fines by $5. This applies to overdue fines only.

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Renovation in Miniature: Refreshing the Library Dollhouse

April 15, 2021

Beloved library dollhouse will attract new generations of children

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Waterfalls and Library Books are Key Themes of New Art

March 5, 2021

Learn about Amanda Wojick design for a sculpture at the Salem Public Library, celebrating two things she loves: landscapes and public libraries.

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Library services to expand due to status change for Marion, Polk counties

February 26, 2021

Access and services at the Salem Public Library will increase beginning March 8 in response to recent news that Marion and Polk counties have moved to the state’s “High Risk” category. Additional appointments and hours will be available for limited, contactless Curbside Service, Operation Bookshelf deliveries will resume, and monthly Take & Make Kits will return. In addition, the library’s array of Virtual Services is available 24/7.

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5 Kinds of Nonfiction Reading Challenge (PreK to Grade 12)

February 22, 2021

From March 1 to 31, Salem Public Library is participating in "5 Kinds of Nonfiction Reading Challenge," a Winter Reading Challenge sponsored by Lerner Publishers and powered by Beanstack for PreK – Grade 12.

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Online Library Card Process Updated to Provide More Access

February 12, 2021

New patrons are always welcome, and now, patrons who sign up for a library card online have the ability to make curbside appointments as well.

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Salem Reads Continues Through February 27

February 11, 2021

Salem Reads 2021: One Community, One Book explores the story and themes of Walking with Peety by Eric O’Grey, a heartwarming book about a man and a rescue dog who walk their way to better health. Many free community activities and virtual events are planned throughout the month of February

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Wednesday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
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Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
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Curbside Service Hours (by appointment only; library building closed to the public):
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