About Us

The Children’s Room at the Salem Public Library is home to lots of fun, educational, and inspirational materials to use both within and beyond the library!

We have books for all ages and reading levels,audiobooks, music CDs, movies, puzzles and magazines to check out. We also have toys,computers and an iPad to use in the library.

When the weather’s nice, our courtyard is a great place to play and meet new friends. Inside, we’ve got plenty of places to sit, snack, work and chat.

Our story times, book groups and activities are always free, and are offered year-round. Our programs are designed for age groups ranging from newborns to teens. Please check the website, or ask a librarian, about specific times and dates.

Our greatest resource is our friendly and knowledgeable library staff. We are always available to help answer questions and find materials. We’re open to suggestions, so let us know if there’s something you’d like to see at the library.

We also run two book clubs for children: our Individual Book Club and our Family Book Club.

The Individual Book Club meets every other month, on a Tuesday at 3:30pm. Any child in 3rd – 5th grade may join. The children in this group read the selected book then come to discuss it with other children their age.

The Family Book Club meets every other month, on a Thursday at 6:30pm. Any family with a child in 3rd grade or up may join. Children read the selected book with a parent/aunt/uncle/grandparent/older sibling/caregiver then both come to discuss it with other children and adults.

Ms. Laura facilitates these book clubs and can be contacted in the Children’s Room at 978-744-9667 with any questions or concerns.

Our Librarians

Ms. Laura, Head of Youth Services

Ms. Laura runs our Individual and Family Book Clubs, as well as our Time for Twos storytime. In addition to reading, she loves cooking, gardening, and hiking with her husband and her dog, Henry.

Ms. Simone, Assistant Head of Youth Services/Head of Young Adult Department

YAsimoneMs. Simone runs our Young Adult Book Club, as well as our Library Explorers storytime. She is an avid reader, baking enthusiast, and lover of all things cute and furry (and most things slithery and scaly). A native Martian, Ms. Simone came to Salem several years ago as part of an interplanetary librarian exchange. When asked what she likes most about Earth, her answers are “chocolate, really soft pillows, and oxygen” (in that order).

Ms. Suzie

Ms. Suzie is in charge of our Spanish collection, and she also runs our Tuesday Preschool storytime.

Ms. Jen
Jen has worked at SPL for 20 odd years, splitting her time between the Reference Department and the Children’s Room. She has always loved both! She loves doing music with kids as well as leading her one-year old story time, “Tiny Toddlers”

Ms. Maura
Ms. Maura runs our Babies and Books Storytime (as well as some of the grown-up programs in the library).

Ms. Jennifer
Ms. Jennifer can be found helping patrons in all 3 departments of the Salem Public Library: Children’s Room, Main Circulation Desk and in the Reference Room.  Jennifer is a certified Baby Signs instructor with over 12 years of experience teaching young children and their families the joys of using infant sign language to communicate.  She loves family time, reading, baking, gardening, crafting and cheering on the Bruins, Red Sox, North Shore Navigators, and Patriots.