Outreach services for youth and families
Salem Public Library strives to meet the educational, recreational, and literacy needs of youth at each stage of development. Youth Services staff offer a variety of library services and activities for parents, caregivers, educators, and youth in our community either in the library or as an outreach event. We are happy to assist you in finding the best option for your organization. Call us at 503-588-6315.
Early literacy outreach
Youth Services staff are available by appointment to provide storytimes and early literacy teaching at headstarts, day cares, and other institutions serving a minimum of 15 children ages 0 – 5.
Request an early literacy outreach visit.
Request a group visit to the library
Youth Services staff are happy to provide storytime and/or library tours for groups and may include a visit to the Discovery Room. Group visits of 15 or more children and their caregivers are available to schedule on Thursdays or Fridays during the school year.
Request a group visit.
Pop-up library outreach
Library staff provides pop-up library services to community events, organizations, & schools upon request. Services may include library card sign-up, eBook and eResource instructions, programs and activities, and book checkout.
Request an outreach visit.
Outreach/Educator Library Cards
The Outreach/Educator Library Card is available to City agencies, schools, non-profit organizations, or institutions that are within the Salem city limits or part of the Salem-Keizer School District. Outreach/Educator Library cards allow users to check out R.E.A.D. Book Bundles from the library's grant-funded outreach collection. To apply for an outreach/educator card,
sign up online or contact [email protected] to request an outreach library card application.
Project R.E.A.D. literacy outreach
R.E.A.D. book bundles
The R.E.A.D. Book Bundle delivery program serves classrooms, non-profit community organizations and institutions serving children, teens, and families. Schools and partner organizations may receive a delivery of 30 - 50 items checked out from the library's grant-funded outreach collection for in-facility circulation. Checkout period of delivered items will be agreed upon prior to delivery and can be between 6 and 8 weeks. Items are checked out with an outreach/educator library card. Each Book Bundle comes with application packets and information for families to sign up to receive library cards and access library services.
Request a R.E.A.D. Book Bundle Delivery
Winter R.E.A.D. Bookmobile
The R.E.A.D. Bookmobile program is currently on hold due to the increase in Covid-19.
During the school year, the R.E.A.D. Bookmobile program is available by appointment to individual elementary classes in the Salem-Keizer School District, as well as any institutions and community groups serving elementary grade students with at least 15 students in the Salem City limits and the Salem-Keizer School District. Priority is given to 1st and 2nd grade classes in the Salem-Keizer School District, and is subject to staff and volunteer availability.
Teachers can request:
- Bookmobile visit and check out library materials (fine-free)
- Library cards for students
- In-class Storytime
- Fun and engaging library introduction
Summer R.E.A.D. Bookmobile
The R.E.A.D. Bookmobile visits the
Salem-Keizer Migrant Education program each summer, bringing the Summer Reading club to participating students, and enabling them to check out books and get a library card.
Books4Kids Literacy Outreach
Books4Kids Literacy Outreach is a specially grant-funded program designed to provide books and literacy information to children and families in underserved communities in Salem. Staff deliver kits to organizations serving youth in PreK – grade 5. Each Books4Kids book bag contains several books, an activity pack, and information about library services, and are for families to keep (no returns, fines, or fees). Library staff will drop off book packs at an agreed upon date and time to participating partner organizations serving the Salem community in a manner that does not disrupt services, enabling them to distribute to families when convenient. We ask that partner organizations limit requests to no more than 75 kits.
Request a Books4Kids Delivery