Are you looking for a good read? Here’s what Salem residents are digging up

The Salem Public Library has seen a steady increase in returning visitors since reopening after closures due to COVID-19.

According to librarian Kim Carroll, the Salem Public Library has seen a steady increase in returning visitors since reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown. And the use of the digital collection that took off during the pandemic continues to grow.

But there is more in the pipeline.

The library recently eliminated fines and increased the number of events for all ages, including storytelling, artists and book groups. The renovation of the library included the addition of study and meeting rooms open to the public.

“We will soon be launching a pilot program with book lockers at the Main Library,” Carroll said in an email to the Statesman Journal. “Users will be able to put items on hold and pick them up 24/7 from the book locker.”

A new Library of Things collection is expected to fully launch in March. Users will be able to control WiFi-enabled Chromebooks, metal detectors, video projectors, ice cream makers, outdoor games and other equipment.

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