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2022 Summer Reading Club starts June 7

May 27, 2022

Readers of all ages are invited to Read Beyond the Beaten Path with Salem Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Club. Sign up, track time, and earn badges for completing activities through Beanstack online or the Beanstack app, available for phones, tablets, and other devices.

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29 Graduating Seniors Earn City Recognition for Volunteerism

May 26, 2022

Teens’ volunteerism includes virtual forums, leadership summits, volunteering at City events, special projects and the annual shoe drive

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Poll Focuses on Community Improvement Bond Perceptions

May 24, 2022

Polling on bond perceptions starts today

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In-Person Family Storytime Resumes

May 19, 2022

In-person Family Storytime resumes Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

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Downtown Storywalk

May 18, 2022

Salem Public Library and downtown shops are partnering to encourage families to take a stroll in downtown Salem, and enjoy the story Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell in storefront windows. Stop in at participating businesses to pick up a map and mark your progress. The adventure begins at Archive Coffee & Bar, located at 102 Liberty St NE #120. Return your maps to the Children's Corner in the main library to receive a prize!

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Meet the New Clean Streams Team Member

May 11, 2022

Meet the newest Clean Streams Team member, Luke Westphal. Luke joins the Stormwater Outreach team as the new Urban Streamside Program Coordinator.

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Continued Rain Expected to Cause High Water

May 5, 2022

Salem and areas surrounding the Willamette River may begin to see high water levels for this time of year. Low-laying trails and park areas along the Willamette River may be impacted as water levels increase over the next few days. Those who use Minto-Brown Island Park, Wallace Marine Park, and other low-lying areas near the Willamette should use caution. Salem’s smaller streams and creeks are forecasted to rise, particularly if thunderstorms hit our area; potentially causing localized areas of high water. This threat will exist through Monday, May 9, 2022.

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Check Out These 10 Fun Things to Do in Salem

May 3, 2022

New events and popular past events return to Riverfront Park and other locations this year. Movies in the Park schedule released

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Climate Action Committee Formed to Assess Next Steps Forward

April 29, 2022

A Climate Action Plan Committee has been established to review the recommended strategies and guide the next steps for the recently completed Plan. The Committee will meet monthly, with the first meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. A livestream feed of each meeting will be accessible from the City’s Public Meetings YouTube Channel.

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Projects Serving Salem’s Homeless Community Receive Federal Funds

April 28, 2022

Salem received over $2M dollars in America Rescue Plan (ARPA) HOME funding to assist local projects that address homeless youth, domestic violence, new affordable housing and case management.

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May 30
Salem Housing Authority Commission Meeting6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Regular meeting of the Salem Housing Authority Commission.

Agenda:

Agenda Salem Housing Authority Commission Meeting

Meeting Minutes:

​Minutes Salem Housing Authority CommissMinutes Salem Housing Authority Commissionion Meeting.

Phone: 503-371-3801

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing 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 503-371-3801 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

City Holiday

Some City offices closed for holiday observance.

May 31
In-Person Family Storytime11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.Loucks Auditorium
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Youth Services staff are very excited to resume in-person storytimes! Early literacy rich storytimes are a great way for children to develop the skills that will prepare them for kindergarten success. The recommended age for these weekly storytimes is 5 and younger. Space is limited to a first-come, first-seated basis. El personal de Servicios para Jóvenes está muy entusiasmado de reiniciar los cuentos en persona. Los cuentos llenos de alfabetización a edad temprana son una gran manera para que los niños desarrollen las habilidades que los preparará para tener éxito en kindergarten. El último martes de cada mes será una edición especial bilingüe en inglés y español. La edad recomendada para estos cuentos semanales es de 5 años o menos. El espacio está limitado y disponible por orden de llegada.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Jun. 01
Cancelled - West Salem Redevelopment Advisory Board7:30 a.m.9:00 a.m.YouTube

West Salem Redevelopment Advisory Board virtual meeting.

Agenda: An agenda for this meeting is not yet available.

Phone: 503-588-6178

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This is an open, public meeting or public hearing 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 503-588-6178 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Executive Session of the City Council 2:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Executive Session - ORS 192.660(2)(a) - Employment of a Public Officer

Agenda: An agenda for this meeting is not yet available.

Phone: 503-588-6097

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing 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 503-588-6097 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Salem Human Rights Commission LGBTQIA+ Intersectional Rights Task Force Meeting6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

regularly scheduled meeting

Agenda:

Salem Human Rights Commission LGBTQIA+ Intersectional Rights Task Force Agenda

Phone: 503-540-2371

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing 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 503-540-2371 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

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