Tuesday, May 31, 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

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)
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.
Salem Public Library (map)

Manage your digital photos with this class.

Salem Public Library (map)
Learn how to keep your files and folders organized. 
Salem Public Library (map)
Come join us for storytime, crafts, lawn games, bubbles and more!
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)
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)
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)
Come join us for storytime, crafts, lawn games, bubbles and more!
Salem Public Library (map)
June 11 Coffee Brewing Methods & The History of Coffee - Red Rooster Coffee
Salem Public Library (map)
Join us on the front lawn (weather permitting) and introduce children to some adorable animal friends. 
Salem Public Library (map)

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)
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.
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)
Active kids age 9-12 are invited to join an instructor from Wado-Ki Karate to learn about martial arts. Wear comfortable clothes and come ready to learn some moves.
Salem Public Library (map)
Active kids age 5-8 are invited to join an instructor from Wado-Ki Karate to learn about martial arts. Wear comfortable clothes and come ready to learn some moves.
Salem Public Library (map)
Come join us for storytime, crafts, lawn games, bubbles and more!
Salem Public Library (map)
To celebrate Father’s Day weekend, bring your walking toddlers (4 yrs. old and younger) to the library for a special Daddy Dance Party! We’ll move to music, get goofy, share some stories, and have fun. Any father figure will do, just be ready to dance with your toddler. No registration required.
Salem Public Library (map)
Join us for Mill Mountain Theatre’s “Tall Tales: A Folk Musical”, an all-new, musical adaptation of some of the greatest American tall-tales. The adventures of larger-than-life characters like Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and Slue-Foot Sue will be woven together with traditional American folk music and retold with dance and creative staging.
Salem Public Library (map)

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.
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.
Salem Public Library (map)
Our Summer Reading theme is “One 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.
Salem Public Library (map)
Come join us for storytime, crafts, lawn games, bubbles and more!
Salem Public Library (map)
Join us for outdoor family fun on the library’s front lawn (weather permitting) to celebrate the Great American Backyard Campout. Crafts and activities for all ages.
Salem Public Library (map)
June 25 Locavore Living & Outdoor Cooking - Bruce Ingram
Salem Public Library (map)
Join us for outdoor family fun on the library’s front lawn (weather permitting) to celebrate the Great American Backyard Campout. Crafts and activities for all ages.
Salem Public Library (map)
Join us on the front lawn (weather permitting) and introduce children to some adorable animal friends.
Salem Public Library (map)

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)
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 "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.
Salem Public Library (map)
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.
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.

28 East Main St.  Salem VA 24153  / 540.375.3089

Home  /  FAQ  /  Site Map  /  Contact

Copyright 2013 by Salem Public Library