We're anything but FOSSILs. Yet that's an acronym we sometimes whimsically use to refer to the Friends of the Salem Library (FOSL) an organization you'll learn to love. Far from belonging to the past, we have our sights set on helping the Salem Public Library reach it's full potential as a learning center full of vitality, vim and vigor.

The focus is on books and reading. But there's more: Community-building events,  storytelling programs, circulating materials for library patrons (including DVDs, newspapers, magazines, business directories, investment guides, and research sources for school projects and genealogy), and many more resources that would go unfunded without the direct sponsorship of the FOSLs. The list goes on and on:

  • Furniture for the public, including the children's area, teen area and display fixtures

  • Special window coatings so a child with severe UV sensitivity can use the library

  • AWE Early Literacy computer stations for children

  • Children Storytime supplies (books, a large colorful new rug, etc.)

  • Sponsorship of library programs (multiple teen programs, astronomy club)

  • Numerous adult programs (art, crafts, reading clubs)

  • Sponsorship of the annual Salem Elementary Schools Art Show

  • New library technology (new projector and screen for meeting room)

  • Annual sponsorship of the Salem Public Library Summer Reading Program for all ages, including prizes, performers, and craft supplies

  • And more!

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