Thursday, May 05, 2016

About Us

The Children’s Services Department of the Salem Public Library is here to support families with children of all ages and abilities who want to encourage a love of reading, a curiosity about the world, and a focus on learning. The Salem Library is a wonderful place to bring your family for a variety of services, programs, and educational materials. Our aim is to promote equal access to all materials regardless of age, race, religion, economic status, or physical challenge.

We review, select, and purchase resources that focus on the needs of children from birth to 11 years old. Library resources include board books, picture books, beginning readers (“I Can Reads”), fiction (chapter books), biographies, nonfiction, graphic novels/comics, audiobooks on CD, Playaways, read-alongs (book kits), music CDs, and DVDs. You’re welcome to come and explore our AWE computers and enjoy our comfy “rocker” reading chairs, and an assortment of early literacy toys for use in the Children’s Services area. 

Children’s programs make the Salem Library a vibrant and engaging destination for families. Storytimes for babies, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are in session throughout most of the year, and our Summer Reading Program kicks off after Salem City Schools dismiss for summer break and runs through the end of July. We also offer seasonal programming such as a LEGO Club, Library Lab after-school science program, and special events for families.

 Bring your children to the Salem Library!

 

 

Children Events

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Walking toddlers and 2-year-olds will have fun at this interactive storytime. Come listen to stories, dance and sing, and interact with friendly families. Toddler Time lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime or craft. Join us Wednesday or Thursday.
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Children age 3 and up are ready for a traditional storytime! Themed programs include picture books, songs, rhymes, and creative movement. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime or craft. Join us Wednesday or Thursday.
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Learn to use the newest Windows operating system! Includes an intro to Edge, the newest internet browser, and Cortana, Windows 10's AI personal assistant.
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Come join us for storytime, crafts, lawn games, bubbles and more!
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 Are you into gaming, coding, or computers? Are you tired of just playing games and want to BUILD and CREATE? Then our new club is for you! Join the Salem Library Kodu Club to design worlds, program characters, and explore the realm of gaming and coding in a way you’ve never seen before!
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This “lap sit” program is for babies who aren’t walking yet and toddlers who like “lap time”.  Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, board books, and interactive play. Bouncy Baby Time is about 20 minutes long, followed by informal playtime. No registration required.  Parents/caregivers must attend with child.
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Curious minds, please join us! Library Lab is a hands-on after-school science program for kids in grades 3 to 5. Registration required: only 10 kids per session. Each month you can register for a Tuesday OR a Thursday (same program!). Please register at the front desk for next month’s session or call 375-3089. Email Hilary at hpkennard@salemva.gov with any questions. More information at librarylabfun.weebly.com.
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Walking toddlers and 2-year-olds will have fun at this interactive storytime. Come listen to stories, dance and sing, and interact with friendly families. Toddler Time lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime or craft. Join us Wednesday or Thursday.
Salem Public Library (map)
Children age 3 and up are ready for a traditional storytime! Themed programs include picture books, songs, rhymes, and creative movement. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime or craft. Join us Wednesday or Thursday.
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Learn to set up and use an email account. 
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Walking toddlers and 2-year-olds will have fun at this interactive storytime. Come listen to stories, dance and sing, and interact with friendly families. Toddler Time lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime or craft. Join us Wednesday or Thursday.
Salem Public Library (map)
Children age 3 and up are ready for a traditional storytime! Themed programs include picture books, songs, rhymes, and creative movement. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime or craft. Join us Wednesday or Thursday.
Salem Public Library (map)
Curious minds, please join us! Library Lab is a hands-on after-school science program for kids in grades 3 to 5. Registration required: only 10 kids per session. Each month you can register for a Tuesday OR a Thursday (same program!). Please register at the front desk for next month’s session or call 375-3089. Email Hilary at hpkennard@salemva.gov with any questions. More information at librarylabfun.weebly.com.
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Come join us for storytime, crafts, lawn games, bubbles and more!
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Learn to use the newest Windows operating system! Includes an intro to Edge, the newest internet browser, and Cortana, Windows 10's AI personal assistant.
Salem Public Library (map)
This “lap sit” program is for babies who aren’t walking yet and toddlers who like “lap time”.  Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, board books, and interactive play. Bouncy Baby Time is about 20 minutes long, followed by informal playtime. No registration required.  Parents/caregivers must attend with child.
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Kids ages 6-12 years old can come and enjoy an hour of “free build” LEGO time and share their creations with the club. Join the LEGO fun! No registration required.
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Walking toddlers and 2-year-olds will have fun at this interactive storytime. Come listen to stories, dance and sing, and interact with friendly families. Toddler Time lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime or craft. Join us Wednesday or Thursday.
Salem Public Library (map)
Children age 3 and up are ready for a traditional storytime! Themed programs include picture books, songs, rhymes, and creative movement. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime or craft. Join us Wednesday or Thursday.
Salem Public Library (map)
Learn to set up and use an email account. 
Salem Public Library (map)
Walking toddlers and 2-year-olds will have fun at this interactive storytime. Come listen to stories, dance and sing, and interact with friendly families. Toddler Time lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime or craft. Join us Wednesday or Thursday.
Salem Public Library (map)
Children age 3 and up are ready for a traditional storytime! Themed programs include picture books, songs, rhymes, and creative movement. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime or craft. Join us Wednesday or Thursday.
Salem Public Library (map)
Learn to set up and use an email account.
Salem Public Library (map)
Come join us for storytime, crafts, lawn games, bubbles and more!
Salem Public Library (map)
Learn to use the newest Windows operating system! Includes an intro to Edge, the newest internet browser, and Cortana, Windows 10's AI personal assistant.
Salem Public Library (map)
This “lap sit” program is for babies who aren’t walking yet and toddlers who like “lap time”.  Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, board books, and interactive play. Bouncy Baby Time is about 20 minutes long, followed by informal playtime. No registration required.  Parents/caregivers must attend with child.
Salem Public Library (map)
Walking toddlers and 2-year-olds will have fun at this interactive storytime. Come listen to stories, dance and sing, and interact with friendly families. Toddler Time lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime or craft. Join us Wednesday or Thursday.
Salem Public Library (map)
Children age 3 and up are ready for a traditional storytime! Themed programs include picture books, songs, rhymes, and creative movement. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime or craft. Join us Wednesday or Thursday.
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Come and learn about the iPad.  This is an introductory class and will cover all the basics.

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Come and learn about the iPad.  This is an introductory class and will cover all the basics.

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May 28 Home Brewing Techniques - Blue Ridge Home Brewing & Hydroponics
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Come join us for storytime, crafts, lawn games, bubbles and more!
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This “lap sit” program is for babies who aren’t walking yet and toddlers who like “lap time”.  Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, board books, and interactive play. Bouncy Baby Time is about 20 minutes long, followed by informal playtime. No registration required.  Parents/caregivers must attend with child.
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Join us for tea, cookies, and lively discussion of the book of the month!  Sign up and get your copy of this month's selection at the front desk.  This month's book is "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr.
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Manage your digital photos with this class.

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Come join us for storytime, crafts, lawn games, bubbles and more!

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