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Waterfalls and Library Books are Key Themes of New Art

March 5, 2021

Learn about Amanda Wojick design for a sculpture at the Salem Public Library, celebrating two things she loves: landscapes and public libraries.

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Library services to expand due to status change for Marion, Polk counties

February 26, 2021

Access and services at the Salem Public Library will increase beginning March 8 in response to recent news that Marion and Polk counties have moved to the state’s “High Risk” category. Additional appointments and hours will be available for limited, contactless Curbside Service, Operation Bookshelf deliveries will resume, and monthly Take & Make Kits will return. In addition, the library’s array of Virtual Services is available 24/7.

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5 Kinds of Nonfiction Reading Challenge (PreK to Grade 12)

February 22, 2021

From March 1 to 31, Salem Public Library is participating in "5 Kinds of Nonfiction Reading Challenge," a Winter Reading Challenge sponsored by Lerner Publishers and powered by Beanstack for PreK – Grade 12.

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Online Library Card Process Updated to Provide More Access

February 12, 2021

New patrons are always welcome, and now, patrons who sign up for a library card online have the ability to make curbside appointments as well.

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Salem Reads Continues Through February 27

February 11, 2021

Salem Reads 2021: One Community, One Book explores the story and themes of Walking with Peety by Eric O’Grey, a heartwarming book about a man and a rescue dog who walk their way to better health. Many free community activities and virtual events are planned throughout the month of February

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New Sorting System Frees Up Library Staff Time for Patrons

January 29, 2021

Seismic upgrade project offers the perfect opportunity to introduce an efficient technology

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Best Books of 2020 and Best Books for Youth 2020

January 27, 2021

The Salem Public Library is pleased to present the Best Books of 2020 and the Best Books for Youth 2020.

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Introducing Sing! Play! Learn! SPL’s New Early Literacy Blog!

January 27, 2021

Introducing Salem Public Library's new Sing! Play! Learn! Early Literacy Blog for parents and caregivers of young learners, ages 0 to 5.

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Salem Reads 2021 to focus on Walking with Peety

January 5, 2021

Salem Reads 2021: One Community, One Book will focus on Walking with Peety by Eric O’Grey, a heartwarming book about a man and a rescue dog who walk their way to better health. Salem readers are invited to join together to celebrate the themes of reading, community, healthy living, and dogs from February 1-28. Many free community activities and virtual events are planned throughout the month.

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Alton Chung: Storyteller

January 4, 2021

Kids and families are invited to join storyteller Alton Chung on an odyssey to adventure in which you will meet myth-chief makers, monsters, heroes, and heroines in faraway lands where magic is real.

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In the interest of public health, both Salem Public Library locations - Salem Public Library at Broadway and the West Salem Library Branch – are temporarily closed to the public to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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