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 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.
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.
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
PO Box 325, Salem OR 97308
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.