The Salem Public Library Foundation, established in 1981, is a community-based group of library supporters who raise and administer funds for enhancement projects and programs at the Salem Public Library. The Salem Public Library Foundation is a non-profit organization which operates independent of, but in collaboration with, the City of Salem.
The IRS has determined that Salem Public Library Foundation is an exempt organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3). Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Our Federal Tax ID # is 93-0799658.
Mission and History
The mission of the Salem Public Library Foundation is to support enhancement projects, programs and services of the Salem Public Library.
Following its founding, the initial efforts of the Foundation were the purchase of computers for the Library to help people interested in “learning to operate these intriguing new machines.” First efforts also included the establishment of an Endowment. Later, the Foundation truly came of age when, the Board raised necessary money to supplement public funds designated for a complete overhaul and expansion of the Library building. Other Foundation projects have included the installation of a kitchen and food service area next to the Anderson meeting rooms, purchase of a library delivery van, and help with construction of a dedicated Library facility in West Salem (which opened in 1995). Additional efforts have included supporting funding levy efforts, establishing a circulating art collection, starting an online historic photo database, and the purchase of a bookmobile in 2002.
More recent projects, undertaken by the Board, have included the renovation of the Library’s Anderson meeting rooms, support for the World of Music at the Library and the Modern Voices Author Series (which are offered at no charge to the community), and construction of the Library’s dedicated “Teen Scene” area, which opened in 2011.
In 2014, thanks to community support of the Foundation, the outgrown Children’s area activity room (and adjacent under-utilized space) was transformed into a modern, multi-functional, two room suite with capacity to meet the growing demand for varied-age children’s programs. Along with this exciting expansion, the two entrance ways to the Children’s area (on the main floor and mezzanine level) received a whimsical and welcoming makeover designed by a talented local artist. To further enhance the welcoming environment of the children’s area, new paint, carpeting, furnishings, and conversion of an existing restroom into an ADA-accessible facility were also completed.
Board of Directors
The Salem Public Library Foundation is operated by an all-volunteer, community-based Board of Directors.
Current board members include:
Gina Johnnie, President
Judy Martin, Past President
Sarah Strahl, Secretary
Matt Marler, Treasurer
Shelaswau Bushnell Crier
to be filled in August 2019 (Rep. from the Library Advisory Board)
Lauren Cooney (Rep. from the Friends of Salem Public Library)
The Board meets monthly, on the fourth Thursday, in the Salem Public Library Heritage Room. Committee meetings are called as needed. Led by a President (elected annually with a Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary), the Board of Directors works with Foundation staff to carry out the functions of the Foundation which are: