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Featured Database: National Geographic for Kids

October 4, 2019

National Geographic for Kids is a virtual library available with your Salem Public Library card anywhere you have an internet connection. It provides a wide variety of age-appropriate digital-based content, including full-text issues of National Geographic magazine for kids, non-fiction e-books, high quality color images, and videos. Check it out at

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Library Preps for "Glamping" at Broadway Temporary Site

September 18, 2019

City of Salem agreed to lease property in the 1400 block of Broadway to serve as a temporary Salem Library location while the Main Library is being renovated over the next two years. The site is much smaller, so services will be scaled back and more focus will be placed on outreach.

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Library contractor seeks "best-value" in subcontractor

August 5, 2019

Salem’s own Cherry City Electric was named the new electrical subcontractor for the upcoming Salem Public Library Improvement project.

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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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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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7th annual Library Talent Showcase features exciting, varied line-up

March 19, 2019

From stand-up comedy to Bollywood-style dance, an exciting lineup of local talent will be packed into one thrilling evening for Strut Your Stuff: A Talent Showcase at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5 in Loucks Auditorium at Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE. A showcase of local talent for performers ages 18 and older, Strut Your Stuff is a non-competitive annual celebration of the skills and talents in our community. Admission is free on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open by 6:30 p.m.

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