The Salem Public Library Foundation exists to provide support for special projects and programs at the Salem Public Library.


The Salem Public Library Foundation is proud to announce the title of the first ever

Salem Reads: One Book, One Community

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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.

Spare Parts by Joshua Davis has been selected as the inaugural book for Salem Reads. Macmillan Publishing describes Spare Parts as the true story of four Latino teenagers who arrive at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much, but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot.

splf_spareparts_greenSalem Reads will start with a Spare Parts book give away January 8, 2016. All free programming is slated for February 2017 and includes a visit from Joshua Davis, screenings of the feature movie and the documentary Underwater Dreams, Oregon Humanities Conversation Project discussions, library programs, exhibitions and demonstrations.

Spare Parts is available to check out at the Salem Public Library and the West Salem Branch Library in print, Spanish, ebook, and audio formats. Spare Parts and Underwater Dreams DVDs are available for check out for $1. October will feature a main floor display about Salem Reads and Spare Parts.

See more about the project on the Salem Reads tab above.