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Salem, OR 97301


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  • Salem Reads, book, community

    Book chosen for 2023 Salem Reads: One Book, One Community

    After a rigorous selection process and a vote by many readers, our community has selected "Born a Crime," a best-selling memoir by comedian Trevor Noah to be the focus of discussion, events, and activities in February 2023.

    07/22/2022 10:51 AM

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    Soul Box Project Display at Library Focuses on Gunfire Awareness

    Salem Public Library is hosting a display of the national Soul Box Project from July 19 through August 19, a project designed to draw focus to the impacts of gun violence in the United States.

    07/18/2022 1:39 PM

  • Exterior of the West Salem Branch

    Hours expand at the West Salem Branch

    Expanded hours kick off at the West Salem Branch beginning Saturday, July 2. The branch will now be open four days each week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

    06/30/2022 3:05 PM

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    Salem Public Library goes fine-free on July 1

    A new fine-free policy for Salem Public Library takes effect on July 1. Many people now unable to use their library cards because of fines owed will be able to use the library again!


  • Rendering drawing for the proposed Public Works Operations Building

    Two Northwest Artists Selected for Salem’s Next Public Art Project

    The Public Works Operations Building will be a central headquarters for Public Works personnel and serve as a center for departmental response to public emergencies.

    06/14/2022 1:23 PM

  • photographs of hands from library art exhibit

    indelible Exhibit in Library Art Hall through September

    The Oregon Artists Series Foundation (OASF) has opened indelible: Artist Portraits by Diane Beals, an exhibit in two parts, in the Level 2 Gallery at the Salem Convention Center and in the new Art Hall at the Salem Public Library.


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    Public Library Launches New Art Hall for Local Artists

    Salem Public Library has a new space dedicated to exploring artwork created by Salem area artists. Located inside the main entrance to the library, the Art Hall will host a series of temporary exhibitions that will change throughout the year.

    06/02/2022 3:50 PM

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    Amanda Wojick Creates Public Art for Salem Library

    Salem's newest work of public art is by Eugene, Oregon-based artist Amanda Wojick. Call Number Cascade, a site-specific sculpture on the main floor of the newly renovated Salem Public Library is a whimsical composition of color and form inspired by a love of libraries, landscapes, and a story of sev

    06/01/2022 1:30 AM