Youth & Families

​You can help the young people in our community to develop their skills and interests. The City of Salem is committed to investing in the next generation. Through direct support and partnership, the City provides recreation activities, service learning opportunities, and other programs for the young people of Salem and their families.

What's happening
Dec. 10
Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar8:00 a.m.8:20 a.m.Salem Public Library

Mientras la biblioteca está cerrada al público, comparte el amor de literatura con su familia viendo nuestras SPL Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar. Cada pequeño episodio, lanzado cada jueves, tiene canciones y rimas de algunos de nuestros libros favoritos. Tenemos muchas ganas de verlos en la biblioteca, pero mientras tanto, por favor disfruten de nuestros episodios de Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar desde la seguridad de su propia casa. Visita https://www.facebook.com/@CiudaddeSalemOregon o https://www.facebook.com/spl.oregon/ #splathome

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Dec. 12
SPL Storytime at Home8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.Virtual Meeting

Families are invited to join Youth Services staff online each week for stories, songs, and fingerplays. New online storytimes are published on the library's Facebook page using #splathome each Monday and Saturday in English and Thursday in Spanish.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Dec. 15
Exploring Together: A Focus on Homelessness6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Talking about homelessness is often uncomfortable, sometimes confusing, and almost always difficult. Salem Public Library invites you to get uncomfortable with us as we provide an opportunity for community members to do the important work of exploring homelessness in America. In this series of community conversations, staff will act as facilitators and work to establish a respectful and supportive space for everyone to contribute their thoughts, share questions, and explore the ideas from the readings and videos. Each of the three discussions will have its own focus:

Session 1: Misconceptions of Homelessness (October 27) Session 2: History of Poverty (November 17) Session 3: Social Resources and Help (December 15)

We ask that you prepare for these discussions by reading or watching at least one entry from the suggested resources list. The resource list for the upcoming meeting can be found at the top of the registration form.

Sign up to get Exploring Together Zoom login information by email on the morning of the discussion.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Dec. 16
Books Please! for Teens5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

We are excited to introduce you to Books Please! Each monthly meeting (on Zoom for now) includes trivia questions, talking about a book, and a chance to share ideas for more reading. Book themes will change three times a year, so many types of books will be included. We welcome anyone from one-time visitors to regular monthly participants. Our first theme - chosen by a survey of middle and high school readers - is Adventurous Fantasy: 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, October 28 | On Zoom - Revenge of the Witch (#1 in the Last Apprentice series) by Joseph Delaney 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, November 18 | On Zoom - Magyk (#1 in the Septimus Heap series) by Angie Sage 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, December 16 | On Zoom - Frogkisser! by Garth Nix Interested? Sign up (http://bit.ly/SPLbooksplease) to get a reminder and Zoom login information the day before each meeting. Need to read the book? Here are three ways you get a copy of these books (and others) from Salem Public Library while we are closed to the public because of COVID-19: Curbside Service pickup: Put the book on hold through your library account online (https://catalog.ccrls.org/client/en_US/spl/) and then make an appointment to pick it up: https://bit.ly/CurbsideSPL Download the ebook or eaudiobook from cloudLibrary (mobile app available): http://bit.ly/SPLcloudLibrary Download the ebook or eaudiobook from Library2Go (Libby app available): https://library2go.overdrive.com/

Phone: 503-588-6315

Dec. 17
Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar8:00 a.m.8:20 a.m.Salem Public Library

Mientras la biblioteca está cerrada al público, comparte el amor de literatura con su familia viendo nuestras SPL Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar. Cada pequeño episodio, lanzado cada jueves, tiene canciones y rimas de algunos de nuestros libros favoritos. Tenemos muchas ganas de verlos en la biblioteca, pero mientras tanto, por favor disfruten de nuestros episodios de Hora de Cuentos en el Hogar desde la seguridad de su propia casa. Visita https://www.facebook.com/@CiudaddeSalemOregon o https://www.facebook.com/spl.oregon/ #splathome

Phone: 503-588-6315

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