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Salem Public Library Foundation presents:
Salem Reads: One Book, One Community
Salem Reads: One Book, One Community is a community-wide reading program encouraging people to come together through reading, discussion and programs based on the theme(s) of a common book. The project is supported by the Salem Public Library Foundation, businesses and individuals who value the role of the Library in the community. This particular book will offer an opportunity for people of diverse ages, backgrounds, viewpoints to come together to discuss compelling common issues faced by the community, and further our goal of the Library being an inviting, inclusive community center and a place to seek knowledge.

The first program, in 2017, featured Spare Parts by Joshua Davis.

"The arts help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age.” The arts can benefit community members academically, economically, and socially.

The Salem Public Library Foundation Board strives to promote arts and culture in Salem.
We understand the learning and joy that can come from the integration of the arts
through varied programming and we seek to engage and benefit community members of all ages.

 
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Art-To-Go

Unique to Salem Public Library is the popular Art-To-Go collection.  This, Salem Public Library Foundation funded and sponsored program, allows citizens to check-out original works of art (just like a book) for up to six weeks to hang in their home or office.  The framed artwork available for circulation is located on the first floor of the Library in glass-fronted cabinets. For more information, inquire at the main desk in the library.

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Permanent Art Collection

The artwork displayed at the Library is managed and maintained by the Salem Public Library Foundation, and is presented to enrich the library environment for all those who use the library.  The collection strives to present superb examples of works created by artists from Oregon, especially artists living or having strong ties to the Salem community and the Willamette Valley. Established in 1972, the collection has grown over the years and includes works by renowned Oregon artists Louis Bunce, Hilda Morris, Leroy Setziol, Carl Hall, and Andrew Vincent, as well as Willamette Valley artists Lori McLaughlin, Bonnie Hull, Eileen Cotter Howell, and James Mattingly, among others. In the early years of the collection, it was built through the generous donations of artworks purchased from the Mayor’s Invitational Art Shows by Salem citizens.  Since then, the collection’s means of acquisition has varied; Citizens have continued to provide funds for purchases, artists have contributed to the collection, and the Salem Public Library Foundation has made purchases.

How You Can Help Salem Reads Meet Our Goals
  • Become a Salem Reads business or individual sponsor joining the Salem Public Library Foundation Board members and individuals who have given more than $10,000 each year
  • Promote the project among those in your circle of influence
  • Join a committee for Salem Reads organization and programming events



The Salem Public Library Foundation Seeks Sponsorship for Salem Reads

Sponsorship at any level will help Salem Public Library to engage a diverse population of library users to come together to talk about important issues facing our community and society – education, climate change, science, and endangered species. More specifically, your donation will be used to purchase the chosen title in print, ebooks, and audio books for the library collection, as well as 450 books given to the Salem Keizer School District Library Media Division to establish classroom literature kits in each district high school. We also gave 400 copies of the book away at the Library and other locations in February 2018. Sponsorships will also allow us to screen films, as well as provide other programming such as panel discussions, musicians, and book club programs. Please consider joining us in supporting Salem Reads!

 Kate Van Ummersen, Executive Director of the Salem Public Library Foundation

Office phone 503-588-6183

PO Box 325, Salem OR 97308

Email: SalemLibraryFoundation@gmail.com

Website:  splfoundation.org

Salem Reads is a community-wide reading project that invites the people of Salem to come together through reading, discussion, and programs based on the themes of a common book. The Salem Public Library Foundation is continuing this effort to foster community and invite people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and viewpoints to come together to discuss compelling topics at the Salem Public Library.

Salem Reads - One Book, One Community: A shared experience bringing people together through reading, discussion and programs surrounding themes of a selected book!