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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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Celebrate Día! with Angel Ocasio/ ¡Celebramos juntos con Día!

April 12, 2019

Families are invited to a celebration of Día - Day of the Child/ Day of the Book with a bilingual performance of Comedy 4 the Kids with Angel Ocasio (in English and Spanish). 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, Loucks Auditorium. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the show, and seating is on a first come, first seated basis. Las familias están invitadas a una celebración de Día - Día del Niño / Día del Libro presentando comedia para los niños con Angel Ocasio en blinqué (Inglés-Español). 7:00 p.m. Miércoles, 1 de mayo. Loucks Auditorium. Puertas abren 15 minutos antes del espectáculo.

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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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Ugandan Kids Choir Returns to Salem

March 18, 2019

The entire family is invited to join the Ugandan Kids Choir for a joyful afternoon of singing and dancing.

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Library Improvements Revealed by Community Outreach Efforts

March 15, 2019

The Salem community has diverse preferences in what they value most about the Library's spaces, features, programs, services and collections, and in what they want to see improved.

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Free English Classes now available at Salem Public Library

March 13, 2019

Free English classes are now available weekly from 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays in the Plaza Room at Salem Public Library. The classes are available through a partnership with Goodwill Industries and Salem Public Library. The class is open to all levels, beginning, intermediate, and advanced English students.

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Library hosts free Spring Break fun for kids, teens

March 12, 2019

Free, fun activities for children and teens are available during the Spring Break week from March 25-29. Sign up is needed for some events. More information and sign up is available on the Library Calendar of Events.

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90-Second Newbery Film Festival comes to Salem Public Library

March 12, 2019

Everyone is invited to 90-Second Newbery Film Festival screening at 6 p.m. Friday, March 22 in Loucks Auditorium, The festival is a compilation of student-created short films that tell the stories of Newbery award-winning books in 90 seconds. Many local entries join national contest winners for a zany, hilarious screening hosted by authors James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and Heidi Schultz (Hook’s Revenge; Giraffes Ruin Everything).

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Results from Library Upgrade Design Open House

February 20, 2019

The first community Open House on the Salem Public Library renovation project took place February 19, 6-8 pm. Fifty attendees heard a presentation on options for improving or adding to the Library’s spaces and features, and shared their views on Library improvements.

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Join the March into Non-fiction Reading Challenge!

February 12, 2019

Readers and listeners (ages 0 - 18) are invited to take the non-fiction reading challenge. Read books from a variety of non-fiction categories in March. In April, turn in your completed reading log in exchange for a new non-fiction book to keep. Register online or at the Youth Services or Teen Services Ask Here Desks.

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