The Salem Public Library Foundation Board promotes literacy in Salem.
We understand the importance of literacy in today's world and seek to support learners of all ages.
"Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society."
Learning to Read Begins at Birth
Thanks to the Foundation, parents of new babies born at Salem Hospital Family Birth Center receive a New Baby Welcome Kit.
New Baby Welcome Kits are designed to encourage parents to read to their children from birth. This gives children a jump-start on development, learning and literacy. The kits also encourage families to make visiting the library part of their regular activities. Every packet contains a new board book for the baby – in Spanish or English. The kits also have lists of age-appropriate books for children, library storytime information, and an application for baby’s first library card.
Digital Literacy for All
Digital literacy is the knowledge, skills, and behaviors used in a broad range of digital devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and desktop PCs. All of these devices have become a common part of today's society, and related knowledge and skills are vital.
The Foundation's support for digital projects at the Salem Public Library include on-site computers, high speed digital scanners, and free Wi-Fi connectivity. All aimed to bridge the digital divide for those who can't access technology independently.