The purpose of the Salem Public Library is to serve and meet the needs of the community. For more than 20 years, the library has had a program called Books on the Run. In this program, the library works with enrichment services to deliver books to Salem citizens who are homebound due to health problems or age. Library staff puts together a collection of books that suit one’s desires, and then enrichment services delivers them. Within city limits, readers can receive deliveries once every two weeks. If interested, stop in the library to pick up an application.
• October is “Teentober” at the library. To celebrate, the library is holding a teen photography contest. In the past, the contest has had good participation from teens and good responses from the community. Over the summer, the contest had over 40 entries. Teens can enter their photos beginning Oct. 1. The deadline is Oct. 18. Winning photos will be printed in The Salem News.
• From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9, the library will celebrate the premier of the new Disney movie, Frozen 2, with an Olaf Frozen Fun Party. Kids in kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome to enjoy stories, games, crafts and snacks. The event will be held in the north basement.
• Book Talk is the fourth Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. If that isn’t the time for you, join the Thursday Night Book Club. They gather on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the north basement.
• The Dent County Astronomers are coming 6-7 p.m. Dec. 5. They will be set up in the library parking lot and north basement to observe the moon and many of its features. Come check out the sky with the telescopes. The astronomers are great with people of all ages and backgrounds, so bring the whole family.
There is something fun to do at the library every day. Puzzles and coloring sheets are laid out each day for something relaxing to do. On a rainy or snowy day, you can visit the library to get involved in the “Rainy STEM Fun.” During this time, toys that get to kids to think like engineers are available to play with all day, including building blocks, legos, and more.
Salem Public Library is located at 403 N. Jackson in Salem. They are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday, they open at 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.; Saturdays you can visit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 729-4331.