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
Jul. 15
Imagine Your Story 2020 Short Story Contest for Teens and AdultsLibrary Website

Entries due: July 15

Winners announced: August 20

Writers are invited to enter an Imagine Your Story 2020 Short Story Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded in each of three categories (Middle School, High School, and Adult). We are looking for short stories (250-1,500 words; fiction and non-fiction). Entries are judged on originality, plot and pacing, conventions, and emotional impact. Prizes awarded are $50 for first place; $20 for second place; and $10 for third place.

Review complete contest rules and enter online.

Prizes are sponsored by the Friends of Salem Public Library.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Jul. 16
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 o #splathome

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Jackbox Game Night for Teens6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Middle and high school-aged youth are invited to login and spend an evening playing hilarious Jackbox games like Quiplash, Fibbage, Guesspionage, Bracketeering, and Split the Room. Each game starts with a tutorial and is easy to learn for new players.

Two screens are needed to play Jackbox games. No download is necessary. Each player will go to and enter a code as each game begins. We encourage players to enter the Zoom meeting on a computer and either (1) use a second device (phone, ipad, etc) as their game controller or (2) split the screen and go to in a second window. We promise - it is easier than this makes it sound!

Sign up to play Jackbox on July 16. You will get the Zoom ID by email the day before the event.

You will get the Zoom ID by email the day before each meeting.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Jul. 17
Bucket of Words: Teen Writing Group4:00 p.m.5:30 p.m.Digital Meeting

Our popular teen writing group is making a comeback this summer with monthly virtual meetings on Zoom. Meetings include writing prompts for individual or group writing and optional time for sharing. New members are always welcome.

Sign up to get monthly notices about Bucket of Words. You will get the Zoom ID by email the day before each meeting.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Teen Talent Showcase: Audition DeadlineSalem Public Library

Virtual Teen Talent Showcase 6 p.m. Thursday, August 6 | Livestream on YouTube Keeping our annual Teen Talent Showcase tradition alive, Teen Scene will host a livestream premiere of videos submitted by local teens sharing their best talent. Middle and high school-aged musicians, dancers, singers, magicians, jugglers, and more are invited to submit videos. Top entries will be selected for the livestream. Entries must be received by Friday, July 17 to be considered for the showcase. Links and entries can be submitted at ""online. Concurso Virtual de Talentos para Adolescentes jueves, 6 de agosto a las 6 p.m. | Transmisión en vivo por YouTube Manteniendo vivo nuestra tradición anual de Teen Talent Showcase, Teen Scene organizará un estreno de videos enviados por adolescentes locales compartiendo sus talentos. Músicos de secundaria y preparatoria, bailarines, cantantes, magos, malabaristas y más están invitados a enviar videos. Las mejores entradas se seleccionarán para la transmisión en vivo. Las entradas deben ser recibidas antes del viernes, 17 de julio para ser considerados para el concurso. Los enlaces y entradas pueden ser enviadas en el siguiente enlace:

Phone: 503-588-6315

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