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Make Music Day at Salem Public Library on June 21

June 12, 2019

Salem Public Library is one of many local venues hosting live outdoor music as part of the 4th annual Make Music Day in Salem. Music at the library will be between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 in the Peace Plaza (the area between the Library and City Hall). If it’s a rainy day, we’ll head inside to Loucks Auditorium. Like all Make Music Day events, the shows are free and open to the public.

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Readers Choose Salem Reads 2020 Book

June 10, 2019

Piecing Me Together, a novel by Renée Watson will be the fourth annual Salem Reads book. The Salem Public Library Foundation, which sponsors the annual community-wide reading program, encourages all community members to read the book and get ready to participate in discussions and events throughout February 2020.

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Teens Invited to Kick Off Summer Reading Club with Outdoor Shenanigans & New Sixth-Grader Tours

June 10, 2019

Middle and high school students are invited to celebrate the start of summer and Summer Reading Club at the Teen Summer Reading Club Kick-Off: Outdoor Shenanigans & New Sixth-Grader Welcome from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, June 20 on the Peace Plaza (between the Library and City Hall.) This is a free, open house-style event, so drop in any time!

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Eric Ode Kicks off the 2019 Summer Reading Club at Salem Public Library

May 30, 2019

Back by popular demand, Eric Ode (pronounced Oh-dee) kicks off the Summer Reading Club with two upbeat, high-participation shows bubbling over with interactive music, stories, and a rollicking good time

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"A Universe of Stories" Summer Reading Club sign-ups begin June 4th

May 22, 2019

Salem Public Library’s Summer Reading Club begins Tuesday, June 4th. Prizes and fun activities on the “Universe of Stories” theme encourage Salem residents from birth through 199 years to read or listen to stories for enjoyment, enrichment, and to explore a wide variety of experiences through the wonderous world of books. Sign-up and tracking will all take place this year beginning June 4

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Library Renovation Update: April 30, 2019

April 30, 2019

Information on the surveys and open house events used to inform the initial design strategies.

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Bestselling Author/Humorist, Therese Oneill, to Visit Library on May 2

April 26, 2019

Therese Oneill, New York Times bestselling author, will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2 in Loucks Auditorium at Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE to introduce her new book, Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent's Guide to Raising Flawless Children. Therese will share some of the top "tips" and her trademark biting commentary, followed by a book signing.

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Teen Writers Invited to Enter Short Story Contest

April 15, 2019

Middle and high school-aged writers are invited to enter the annual Teen Short Story Contest. The deadline to enter by email or at the Teen Scene Ask Here Desk is 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three stories in each of two categories: Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12).

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Celebrate Día! with Angel Ocasio/ ¡Celebramos juntos con Día!

April 12, 2019

Families are invited to a celebration of Día - Day of the Child/ Day of the Book with a bilingual performance of Comedy 4 the Kids with Angel Ocasio (in English and Spanish). 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, Loucks Auditorium. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the show, and seating is on a first come, first seated basis. Las familias están invitadas a una celebración de Día - Día del Niño / Día del Libro presentando comedia para los niños con Angel Ocasio en blinqué (Inglés-Español). 7:00 p.m. Miércoles, 1 de mayo. Loucks Auditorium. Puertas abren 15 minutos antes del espectáculo.

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Annual Food for Fines Program March 31-April 7

March 25, 2019

From March 31 to April 7, library patrons can reduce their library overdue fines by bringing in non-perishables and basic need items to donate to Marion-Polk Food Share. Clear $1 in overdue fines from your library account for every canned food item donated.

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