Friday, July 01, 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.

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Children Events

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This “lap sit” program is for babies who aren’t walking yet and crawling 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. Siblings welcome.
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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. Siblings welcome.
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Keep kids ages 3 and up excited about books with our Summer Storytime. Includes picture books, songs, and early literacy activities. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime. Siblings welcome.
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Our Summer Reading theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” so we’ve got sports-themed kid-focused crafts for families to enjoy. Due to safety concerns, Sporty Crafts are NOT suited for children under four. No registration required.
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Bring your walking toddlers (4 yrs. old and younger) to the library for a high-energy Toddler Dance Party! We’ll move to music, get goofy, share some stories, and have fun. Be ready to dance with your toddler! No registration required.
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Bring your family for a fun night of books and play at the library. Includes picture books, songs, and literacy activities. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes. This program is most appropriate for kids 8 and under, but all are welcome!

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This “lap sit” program is for babies who aren’t walking yet and crawling 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. Siblings welcome.
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Girls age 8-11 are invited to a “girls-only” book club. Please bring a book you love (or just finished reading) to share with the group. We will talk about genres, characters, and have fun with book-centered activities. No registration required, just join us.
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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. Siblings welcome.
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Keep kids ages 3 and up excited about books with our Summer Storytime. Includes picture books, songs, and early literacy activities. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime. Siblings welcome.
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In celebration of this year's theme "Get in the Game, Read" an instructor for Carbine Fitness will come and lead in some fun exercises.
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Boys age 8-11 can hang out with other readers and learn more about how to find good books that guys are excited to read. Please bring a book you love (or just finished reading) to share with the group. We will talk about genres, characters, and have hands-on activities. No registration required, just join us.
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It’s dynamic, high energy storytelling when Vicky Town comes to the Salem Library! Put your listening ears on, but be ready to become part of Vicky’s fun and engaging stories.
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It’s dynamic, high energy storytelling when Vicky Town comes to the Salem Library! Put your listening ears on, but be ready to become part of Vicky’s fun and engaging stories.
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Come and make a 3D string art project of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Bring your family for a fun night of books and play at the library. Includes picture books, songs, and literacy activities. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes. This program is most appropriate for kids 8 and under, but all are welcome!

Salem Public Library (map)
This “lap sit” program is for babies who aren’t walking yet and crawling 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. Siblings welcome.
Salem Public Library (map)
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.
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. Siblings welcome.
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.
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Keep kids ages 3 and up excited about books with our Summer Storytime. Includes picture books, songs, and early literacy activities. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime. Siblings welcome.
Salem Public Library (map)
Our Summer Reading theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” so we’ve got sports-themed kid-focused crafts for families to enjoy. Due to safety concerns, Sporty Crafts are NOT suited for children under four. No registration required.
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Mike Schneider from Wisconsin is at the Salem Library to share the happiest form of music on earth: Polka! Kids can “meet” an accordion and get up and dance! Don’t miss this awesome program that’s unique family fun!
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Mike Schneider from Wisconsin is at the Salem Library to share the happiest form of music on earth: Polka! Kids can “meet” an accordion and get up and dance! Don’t miss this awesome program that’s unique family fun!
Salem Public Library (map)
This “lap sit” program is for babies who aren’t walking yet and crawling 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. Siblings welcome.
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. Siblings welcome.
Salem Public Library (map)
Keep kids ages 3 and up excited about books with our Summer Storytime. Includes picture books, songs, and early literacy activities. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes, followed by an informal playtime. Siblings welcome.
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.
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The name says it all! We’re making the most of the goodies in Ms. Hilary’s craft closet for a hodge-podge, who-knows-what, collection of craftastic fun for kids. Come get creative and make new crafty friends. Due to safety concerns, this program is NOT suited for children under four.

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